BELFAST – Ralph G. “Bud” Newcomb died on September 22, 2022 at the Harbor Hill Center in Belfast.
Born in Winterport to GE Newcomb and Carolyn M. (Mingo) Newcomb on June 27, 1932, Ralph grew up in the Greater Bangor area and began working at age 16 at a local lumber camp. He joined the US Army in 1952 and was stationed in Washington, D.C.
After his stint in the service, he worked for Webber Oil and was a civilian employee at Dow Air Force Base. He started working for Lane Construction as a heavy equipment operator in 1972 and became a member of the International Union of Operations Engineers (IUOE Local 4). 2022 marked his 50th year in good standing with his union.
He also owned and operated Auto Body of Newcomb in Stockton Springs.
Bud retired from Lane’s in 1996 and later returned to work for Bowden and Sons of Orland. In his spare time, he enjoyed tending a vegetable garden, working with wood and helping out where needed.
He retired for good in 2018 to spend time with and care for his wife Avis during his battle with dementia.
He was predeceased by Avis in 2019 after 50 years of marriage.
He is survived by his children, Stephen Newcomb, Kathy Newcomb Billings, Regina Wascholl, Tammi Short and Shawn Newcomb, as well as grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He will be missed by all who knew him. He was especially grateful for the company of his friends and family during his later years. He looked forward to frequent visits from longtime friends Jamie Thomas and Leon Buzzell, and Sunday breakfast with close family friend Lisa Sanborn Gray. They were often joined by Cleo Redman and Bud’s son-in-law, Frank Short. He began each evening with a phone call to his sister-in-law Linda Stevens to recap the day’s events and mark the passing of another day.
Many people have stepped up to help Bud over the past few years, everyone mentioned above as well as son-in-law Larry Wascholl and grandson Chad Wascholl have done everything they can to make his life a little bit better.
The family would like to give a special thanks to everyone at Harbor Hill who helped keep Bud comfortable over the past few months and his final days.
Cremation arrangements and services are in the care of Young Funeral Home, Searsport (mitchelltweedie-young.com).