Obituary: Lee Sumner Cushman, 73, Darien resident, world traveler

obt-cushman 03-22Lee Sumner Cushman of Darien died on Tuesday, March 13, of pancreatic cancer. She was 73.

Mrs. Cushman was born in Boston on June 24, 1938, the daughter of the late Thurston Bradford Sumner and Jessica White Pirie.

Raised in Milford with her three late brothers, Richard Bradford Sumner, William White Sumner and Thurston Bradford Sumner Jr., she went to Smith College and was a member of the class of 1960.

She was married to Robert Edgar Cushman for 37 years. The couple raised their three children, Bert, Brad and Jessica while traveling the world, spending years in Geneva, Switzerland, Brussels, Belgium, San Francisco, Hong Kong and Rio de Janeiro before returning to Darien.

 

Along the way, Mrs. Cushman made numerous friends with whom she shared ski weekends, camping trips and adventurous tours in the many countries they visited. She had many passions and talents and there was no challenge she wasn’t willing to take on, her family said. Always surrounded by her beloved golden retrievers, Mrs. Cushman split her time between Block Island, Vermont and Darien. She shared this time with her close friend and companion, Peter Wood with whom she sailed, traveled and worked on numerous projects.

“She was always there providing support to her friends and family who will miss her love, enthusiasm and adventurous spirit,” her family said.

Mrs. Cushman is survived by her three children, Robert Sumner, Bradford White and Jessica Ranney; her seven grandchildren, Camille Hoyle, Sumner James Hoyle, Claire Marie, Alexis Rae, Jack Bradford, Blake Thomas, Tessa Elizabeth Sumner Shulz; and numerous cousins, nephews and nieces.

A service celebrating her life was held Saturday, March 17, at the Smith & Sefcik Funeral Home in Milford.

Memorial donations may be made to the Block Island Conservancy online at biconservancy.org/donate.html or posting to P.O. Box 84 Block Island, RI 02807.