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Robin Marie (Cummings) Graham was born July 3, 1955 in Boston, Massachusetts to the late Richard Sr. and Julia Ann Cummings. Robin was the 6th sibling born of 10. There were 5 boys and 5 girls in the Cummings family.
Robin grew up in the Bromley Heath TMC Housing Development. She was very popular and had many friends, as well as cousins in Bromley. Robin loved dancing; she was a very good dancer, she loved roller skating at Spin Offs back in the day and reading were her joys. Robin loved her books! She would provide books as gifts on many occasions. Robin was always small framed and petite, her beautiful daughter April, inherited this same physique.
Robin graduated from the Boston Public School system and shortly afterward she was employed by Boston Edison (currently Eversource) until the age of 65, when she retired.
In 1989, Robin was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. This life-changing news came after experiencing her brother Bernard’s tragic death and the suffering of her mom’s death as well. One could believe that these sudden family tragedies sadly brought her MS alive. Although this challenging illness took a toll as the years would go by, Robin was always present at family events and her yearly cruises. This was a testament to her husband Jeffrey. Jeffrey’s love and loyalty to his wife was truly unmatched. Robin never missed out on anything, unless she just wasn’t feeling up to it.
One of her original, favorite sayings was “I have MS, MS doesn’t have me!”
Another one of Robins favorite things to do was talk on the phone all day and every day. This helped Robin stay in touch with loved ones, friends, and anyone willing to talk, complain, or just converse with her. These calls would usually last anywhere between 1 to 3 hours. The 3-hour conversationalists she had were her loving sisters JoAnn and Jill and her lifelong “sister-in-law” Toni Burke-Bailey. Robin enjoyed her cruises with her husband and close friends, Renee and Sonny Owens, the late Bobby Lightfoot and wife Suzanne, and the late Richard Reed and wife Julia. The four couples always looked forward to their precious, fun time, together at sea.
Robin and Jeffrey had many well trained “killer dogs.” This was so that Jeffrey was at ease while at work or away from the house. He knew Robin and April were safe in the hands of their well-trained, killer furry kids. The furry kids over the years included Sheba, a German Shepard. Jinx, Babe, Smokey and Zina, all Rottweilers over 110lbs, and Zeus, a South African Boerboel over 130lbs. And now Cujo, also a South African Boerboel currently at 140lbs, who is still guarding Robins favorite place to sit and chat on the telephone at her desk.
Robin was preceded in death by her parents, Richard Sr. and Julia Ann Cummings, her brothers Bernard, Craig, and Bruce Cummings and oldest sister Charlene Cummings.
She leaves to cherish her memories her husband Jeffrey of 47 years, her daughter April, grandsons Maleek, and Vegas Jr, Godmother/Aunt Julia Martin, sisters JoAnn Hawkesworth of Boston Massachusetts, Jill Cummings of Charlotte North Carolina, Jacqueline Cummings-Furtado and husband Roger of Boston, Massachusetts. Her brothers Richard Cummings Jr. and his wife Lori of Brockton, Massachusetts and Rodney Cummings of Los Angeles, California, her sister-in-law Wesley Cummings of Peekskill, New York, and her godchildren Stanton Bibb of Hyde Park, Massachusetts and Tonya Owens of Boston, Massachusetts. And a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends.