William Times, Gainsville, Virginia, April 29, 2015 - May 5, 2015
Sidney Cumins, artist, teacher, and administrator in Arlington, Virginia and
Commack, Long Island died peacefully at the age of 91 on Friday, 17, 2015 at Heathcote
Hospital in Haymarket, Virginia.
A decorated Army Air Corps tech, Sid served in WWII in a B-17 Flying Fortress
as a radio operator and ball turret gunner. He was a member of the air support crews
that in the European Theatre during the D-Day invasion. Later, he re-enlisted in the
Korean where he ran rescue missions.
After an Honorable Discharge, he worked his way through school on the GI Bill
and earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science from the Tyler School of Fine Art
at Temple University in Philadelphia. He later earned a Masters of Fine Arts from
Queens College in New York with his dissertation on Silent Learning.
Born in Philadelphia, Sid was the son of Ukrainian immigrants Sarah Lenetsky
and Philip Kaminsky and the brother of Betty Rosenzweig and Norma Fogel. Orphaned at
the age of four and growing up during the Great Depression, he was indomitable, resilient,
and creative. He would eventually be recognized for his innovation as an educator.
His children, however, knew him as the man who could find a solution to almost
any mechanical problem, a man of imagination and artistry who saw beauty in the simplest
expressions of daily life. Sidīs life force resonated with everyone who knew him.
His energy, kindness, and a keen sense of humor were irresistible and engaging.
He loved people. He loved life, and he never lost his intellectual
curiosity or his sense of wonder. In his eighties, he developed a passion for
computers. In his nineties, he purchased his first tablet and used it daily to read the
news and to listen to his favorite violin music. He was tackling Windows 8.1 not
long before he died.
Sid Cumins is survived by first wife, Joan Nail, and their two children Douglas
Cumins and Cynthia Pryor and by his second wife, Toby Elaine Cumins, and their daughter,
Janice Cumins. He is also survived by grandchildren Jake, Joe, Julie, and Nicolette
and a nephew, Dr. Paul Fogel, who resides in Pennsylvania.
At the time of his death, Sid was surrounded by loved ones who ushered him on
to his next great adventure.
He will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery.