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March 4, 2004 — Richard "Cookie" Kumlin passed away this morning
after having had surgery a few weeks ago.
Mr. Kumlin was known for his quick wit and resolute dedication to the
Town of Hopkinton, and his longtime position with the Highway
"I've known Cookie Kumlin for 50 years," said Dick Gooding, former
Chairman of the board of Selectmen.
"He was the spirit of Old Hopkinton, a spirit which will be sorely
"Both of my kids worked for him when they were in high school, and are
saddened by his passing. They spoke well of the work ethic they learned
from him," said Mr. Gooding today. File photo ©1996 Robert
Falcione — Cookie Kumlin in 1996
prior to the 100th Boston Marathon.
"I met Cookie when I had just turned 14 and I was working at Brown and
Smith's. He'd come in the end of the counter and start pounding his fist
on the counter," said Maureen Dwinnell, Treasurer/Collector, remembering
Mr. Kumlin's acerbic facade.
"I remember when I first got on the Board of Selectmen, he got me to
talk to Tennessee Gas about restoring the Doughboy Monument. They paid
for it," said Mrs. Dwinnell.
Michael Shepard, Director of Municipal Services said, "Cookie was the
same person he was when I was in high school. He was the only gentleman
left who knew everything in town."
The flags in Hopkinton are flying at half-mast in his memory. Details
are being handled by Chesmore Funeral Home