Pickering mourns death of City Councillor Ian Cumming

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Published November 3, 2021 at 9:00 am

Flags at City of Pickering facilities are lowered to honour the life of Ward 2 Councillor Ian Cumming, who died Monday.

Cumming, who was elected to Council in 2014, had been diagnosed with liver cancer in 2017 but the cancer went into remission in 2019. The cause of death is not known.

Cumming served on several committees, including the Elexicon Board of Directors, Pickering Public Library Board, Taxicab Advisory Committee, Site Plan Advisory Committee, Animal Services Appeal Committee and Civic Awards Committee. While he was a strong community advocate for his ward and the waterfront community, he was equally passionate about Pickering’s evolution from a bedroom community to a sustainable city.

As a renowned animal lover, Cumming could often be seen out in the community walking his beloved dogs. Appropriately, he was chosen by his Colleagues on Council to lead the fundraising efforts for Pickering’s first permanent animal shelter.

Cumming, who immigrated here from Scotland in 1967, had a 40-year career in the technology and commercial banking sectors. He leaves behind his spouse Amy, sons Blair and Mark and five grandchildren.

Books of Condolence have been set up in the lobbies of City Hall, Central Library, and the Chestnut Hill Developments Recreation Complex. An online memorial page has been set up on the Let’s Talk Pickering site where residents and the community are invited to share their thoughts, expressions, and condolences.

Details on his funeral and visitation arrangements will be shared on the City’s digital platforms.

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