Harry Lee Kummer III, age 82, passed away Monday, May 20, 2013 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Jacqueline (Boucher) Kummer. Born in Brockton, the son of the late Harry Lee Kummer II and Edith (Deacon) Kummer, Mr. Kummer lived in New Bedford most of his life. He is predeceased by his twin brother William Kummer and his sister Susan Kyle.
Survivors in addition to his wife are his 9 children, Karl Kummer and his wife Janice of FL; Mary Kummer and her partner Maureen of CA; Anne Davis and her husband Scott of NH; Jane Olivierre and her husband Jeff of Dartmouth; Lisa Rudolph and her husband William of NY; James Kummer of New Bedford; Paula Lassey and her husband Dale of Dartmouth; Amy Shaw and her husband Scott of Westport; Thomas Kummer and his wife Patricia of New Bedford; 12 grandchildren, Aaron, Michael Ben, Brad, Jaie, Alex, Owen, Brian, Robert Alison, Ethan, Drew and many nieces and nephews.
He was a devoted and loving husband to Jacqueline (Boucher) Kummer for 57 years. They worked as a team and were inseparable. They travelled, gardened, took courses, spent time with the family and had many friends and interests. His greatest joys in life were times spent with his wife, children and grandchildren. Their remarkable relationship serves as a hallmark for all who encountered them. They were best friends.
Harry was deeply involved in the community. Among his many awards and tributes, are the NAACP Humanitarian Award and the B'Nai Brith Golden Apple Award. An athlete and scholar, he was All American in high school football and in 2004 he was inducted into the Wagner College Hall of Fame. He also served in the Army during the Korean Conflict. Harry was a lifelong educator in the greater New Bedford area. He worked as a teacher and coach and was the Director of Academics at Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School.
Visiting hours will be held Thursday, May 23, 2013 from 4-8pm at Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd, New Bedford. The funeral and burial are private. In lieu of flowers, a scholarship will be given in his honor. Donations may be directed to the Greater New Bedford Regional Voc-Tech High School Scholarship Fund on his behalf. He was cherished and will be greatly missed.