Osric Cumbra

Greetings! Some of you may have known Master Osric Cumbra (Elbe Cheek) from the Cincinnati area. He taught a number of classes at Pennsic on a number of cooking topics. He passed away yesterday, July 12, from a massive heart attack. He was a Laurel in cooking and produced excellent feasts. I'm not certain how old he was but he might have been in his 40s. I am still moving in disbelief and feeling quite mortal.

Alys Katharine

Published in the Lexington Herald-Leader on 7/15/2008:

Elbert Alston V. "Elbe" Cheek
CHEEK Elbert Alston V "Elbe", 50, husband of Alison Ingrid Grande Cheek, died Sat, July 12, 2008 at Central Baptist Hospital. Born in Lexington, he was a son of Dolores Slaughter Cheek, Lexington, and the late Elbert Alston Cheek IV. He was an electrical engineer with Lexmark, a 1975 graduate of Tates Creek High School, a 1980 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Engineering, a longtime member of the Society for Creative Anachronism and a member of Second Presbyterian Church. Survivors other than his wife and mother are a daughter, Naomi Cheek; a son, Kenneth Cheek; mother-in-law, Carol Goodin, Lexington; father-in-law, Edward (Janie) Grande, Corbin; a sister-in-law, Kathryn Jane (Michael) Grande-Allen, Houston, TX; a niece, Sydney Allen; a nephew, Sean Allen; an uncle, Master Sgt. (Ret.) Basil R. (Mae) Slaughter, Henderson; an aunt, Ida Slaughter Mattingly, Henderson; numerous cousins; and a special cousin, Mary Cheek (John) Bahe. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Naomi Hottes Cheek. Funeral services will be 2pm Thu at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home-Main St. by the Rev. Darla Blatnik. Burial will be in Lexington Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-8pm Wed. Contributions are suggested to Habitat for Humanity, 1260 Industry Road, Lexington, KY 40505 or to Heifer Project International, One World Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72202.

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