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Feb. 27, 1943 – June 5, 2014

Kevin Patrick Cummings, a former U.S. Customs Service officer, died June 5 in Zagreb, Croatia. He was 71.

Mr. Cummings was born in Buffalo and graduated from Bishop Timon High School and Canisius College.

After a short stint as a high school English teacher, Mr. Cummings began a 28-year career with the U.S. Customs Service.

He began as an inspector at the Port of Buffalo, followed by the Peace Bridge, and went on to specialize in border security, import/export controls and nuclear nonproliferation.

Mr. Cummings served as a special assistant in Vice President George H.W. Bush’s office during the Reagan administration, advising on matters of border security and drug interdiction.

In 1990, Mr. Cummings oversaw Operation Northstar, headquartered in Buffalo, to facilitate trade and diplomatic connections between the U.S. and Canada.

After retiring from the Customs Service in 1998, Mr. Cummings joined the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, serving as regional director for the Export Control Border Security Program in Central Europe.

He had responsibility for Slovenia, which included a two-year detail at the U.S. Embassy, and the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. He died on a trip to Croatia.

Mr. Cummings’ interests included art, music, the theater, Irish literature and Buffalo sports teams.

He was the widower of Vicki Ann McNulty Cummings.

Survivors include a daughter, Andrea Cummings Duvall; a son, James Lee; a sister, Margaret Ann; two brothers, Timothy Joseph II, and Lawrence Edward; and two grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Wednesday in St. Joseph’s Cathedral.