Murder, Manslaughter and Mayhem in the SouthCoast
Apr 19, 2018
John B. “Red”Cummings, Jr., author
Murder, Manslaughter and Mayhem in the SouthCoast

About the Author: 

Profile: Cummings was born in Fall River in 1945. He is the only child of Angela King and John B. Cummings, Esq. Spouse of Paula J. Francoeur, he is the father of two sons, grandfather of four.

Experience: Cummings served as a Vice President of the Fall River National Bank, and was the youngest vice president in 150 year history of the institution. Named Outstanding Young Man in Fall River in 1972 and in America in 1974, the author was named the youngest volunteer campaign chair in the history of the United Way of Greater Fall River, Inc. Cummings was the Chief Professional Officer of the United Way between 1978 and 1995. The funds raised in that period for the betterment of the people of Greater Fall River were double the national average . Named Endowment and Planned Giving Director at the United Way in 1996, he was recognized.for having one of the outstanding planned giving programs in the nation. He retired in 2006.

Education: Sacred Heart Elementary School, Portsmouth Priory School, Regis College, University of Rhode Island and University of Massachusetts Dartmouth,Cum Laude.

Also of Note: Cummings was elected the youngest president in the history of the Acoaxet Club in Westport, Massachusetts, and served for many years as an honorary governor. He is a licensed real estate broker in Massachusetts and Rhode Island and is the owner of Cummings Group Realtors in Westport with his wife. In 2017, they sold over $3 Million in residential sales. He spent years serving as volunteer assistant coach and official scorer of the Westport Middle School Girls basketball team that won 133 and lost only 12 games between 2007 and 2015. His civic work included President of the Greater Fall River Development Corporation between 2001 to 2002 as well as chair of the Fall River Conservation Committee and Fall River Task Force onRecreation. He is the recipient of various awards for advertising excellence and his first published book, The Last Fling, Hurricane Carol 1954, Stories fom Westport, Massachusetts, was recognized with awards from two book festivals. He was also the producer of a documentary film by the same name and coauthored a book, From Little Acorns to Giant Oaks, about the history of the Greater Fall River Development Corporation and the economic development in Fall River. A recent writing is Cream of the Crop Fal River’s Best and Brightest. It is a collection of 260 mini biographies of those educated in the Spindle City who became highly successful as well as a list of public figures as well as, undefeated and state championship sports team and military heroes who died in various wars. The book was taught as part of the Durfee High School curriculum and over 20 individuals in the book have appeared in class to speak with the students.His third book, Lobstah Tales is the history of the Moby Dick/Back Eddy Restaurant in Westport and his most recent effort is Volume 1 and Volume 2 of Murder, Manslaughter and Mayhem in the SouthCoast.