KANE – Sam Cummings Jr. and Ronald McDonald announced that they have entered into a purchase agreement.
Cummings Funeral Home Inc. will buy and consolidate the businesses. Ron McDonald, or “Mac” as his friends call him, will retire from the funeral business. Under the terms of the agreement, Cummings Funeral Home Inc. will acquire all of the assets and interests of the Ronald McDonald II Funeral Home.
People making their preparations at the McDonald Funeral Home don’t need to worry. All agreements are taken into account exactly as they were set up. Nothing will change about the planned funerals.
Going forward, the funeral home will be consolidated at Greeves Street, where the Cummings Funeral Home is located.
Cummings said, âI am very aware that many people have a connection to the Fraley Street location, but it is not possible to own and operate two funeral homes in the same town less than three blocks apart. I hope to be able to offer these people the same excellent service that Ron gave them. “
The two men have been talking about the buyout for a long time. They both recognized that the population in Kane has declined over the past 20 years. Kane really has become a town a funeral home can support.
McDonald will retire after 40 years in the funeral service, 35 of them in Kane. Before running the funeral home, it was owned by several different people, including Charles Freeburg, Gerry Goble, Jack Hill, and OG Brown.
Cummings commented, âI’m very excited for Mac and I hope he really enjoys his retirement. Most people don’t realize how difficult this business is. As a funeral home, we often hear “I don’t know how to work with corpses,” but that’s not the difficult thing.
“It’s the emotional stress of dealing with people during the toughest times of their lives, the mental stress of providing perfect service every time, and the physical stress of being on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year,” said Cummings . “It really is a lifestyle to adapt to.”
Also, most people in Kane may not realize that it is not a common practice among competing funeral homes to be friends. McDonald and Cummings have maintained a business relationship and personal friendship throughout their business operations.
McDonald is very active in the city, including a member of Rotary for over 30 years and its president. He was also a member of the Kane Alumni Scholarship Committee and offered his services to countless charities. In the not-too-distant past, he became known as one of the leading âRonald McDonaldsâ in Taco Bell’s national advertising campaign. He appeared in several commercials.
Cummings is the third generation to run the Cummings Funeral Home. It was founded by his grandparents Bill and Cody Cummings. It was then taken over by Sam Sr. after the untimely death of his father. Sam Cummins Jr. returned from school in 1991 to run the company. He and his father worked side by side until his father died in 2016.
Cummings has also been very active in town and plans to continue that commitment. He is also one of the owners of CJ Spirits, Kane’s local distillery. He is a member and past president of Rotary, a member and past board member of the Kane Country Club, a member of the Kane Elks and Eagles Club, a past board member of the American Red Cross and Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau, and so on with his father a past president of Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association.
Cummings said, âI look forward to serving Kane and the surrounding cities for the remainder of my career. I hope to make the integration of the companies as seamless as possible and to continue providing excellent service to all of Kane’s families. “