BAR HARBOR – John A. Cummings, 80, died early Monday morning, Feb. 13, 2006, at a Bangor hospital, after a brief but courageous battle against cancer. Forever the military man, he left this world with the dignity and bravery he had learned in the Navy and the Air Force. John was born Sept. 28, 1925, in Everett, Mass., to Lucinda Johnson and John Daniel Cummings. As a child he spent most of his summer vacations in Maine on his uncle and aunt’s farm. These times and his mother’s ties to Maine drew him back as an adult, where he eventually settled. He came of age during World War II and like many men of that generation he left school and family behind to serve his country. With the support of his parents, he convinced the U.S. Navy that he was a year older than he actually was at the time. He served honorably during World War II and left behind the service to return to Massachusetts to marry his childhood sweetheart, Dorothy Rita (Muse). They headed west for him to work at Boeing in Washington, but civilian life was not to his liking and John enlisted in the U.S. Air Force for a 20 year career, gaining the enlisted rank of tech sergeant and an honorable career as a flight engineer. Upon his retirement from the Air Force, he moved his family from California to Maine, where he and Dorothy raised their nine children. He did whatever it took to find employment in Maine, everything from driving a taxi, to teaching at EMVTI, to working as a mechanic. He had an insatiable desire to learn and was taking history courses up until the year before he died. John was an accomplished woodworker who built much of the furniture in his Bangor home and many cribs for his children and grandchildren. In his later years, he and Dorothy sold their home in Bangor and took to the open road once again in their lives. They wintered and John worked in Mesa, Ariz. and traveled back to Mount Desert Island to work at the Jordan Pond House in the summers until they decided to stay in Maine year-round, due to health issues. At this time, at the age of 72, he contracted with Mount Desert Island Hospital as a private courier. It was this job and all the people he saw daily through his courier route, that gave him the most pleasure and sense of community on Mount Desert Island. John continued working until a month and a half before he died and truly appreciated all those who gave him daily encouragement to keep going. He was a wonderful role model as an active senior citizen. He is survived by his children, Mary Eastman and husband, Bill, of Brewer, Dan Cummings and Dawn Peters of Bangor, Ann Cummings, Kathy St. Germain and husband, Peter, all of Bar Harbor, Betty Goodspeed and husband, Scott, of Hermon, Jack Cummings and wife, Caroline, of Bangor, Cindy Belcher and husband, Jim, of Winterport and Melanie Kennedy and husband, Phil, of Durham. He was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy Rita Cummings; and his oldest daughter, Donna Neister. He will be missed dearly by his grandchildren, Joe and wife, Randi, Jason, Michael, Erika, Jessica H., Adam, Alex, Tiffany, John, Christopher C., Nicholas, Amanda, Christopher G., Cara Mae and Savannah Elizabeth; and special grandchildren, Jessica, Matt, Adam G., Sarah; and great-granddaughter, Alexis. Friends are invited to call 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, at Jordan-Fernald, 48 Eden St., Bar Harbor. A Mass of Christian Burial will be prayed in his memory 10 a.m. Wednesday, at the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Bar Harbor, with Fr. John O’Hara Celebrant. Interment will be at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Bangor. Those who desire may make contributions in John’s memory to the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, treasurer, 21 Ledgelawn Ave., Bar Harbor, ME 04609.