Ralph C. Powers, 84

Ralph Powers

Ralph Powers

PORTLAND — Ralph C. Powers, 84, of Portland, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, at his home.

Ralph was born in Portland on Dec. 10, 1929, to the late Alfred and Beryl (Brown) Powers. He attended Portland High School, and proudly served his country in the Army National Guard. While serving in the Guard, Ralph played an instrumental role in the construction of the West Buxton Dam.

On May 1, 1954, Ralph was married to his loving wife Pauline Barbara (Priest) Powers. Together, they began a family and raised two loving and devoted daughters.

Pauline predeceased Ralph on April 15, 2006.

Ralph worked as a mechanic at Jilson’s Garage for several years, and in 1991 retired as foreman from Palmer Spring Co. after 30-plus years of service. Ralph enjoyed camping, competition-level square dancing, and being the neighborhood “Mr. Fix It.” He found great pleasure in spending time outdoors caring for his home and gardens as well. Ralph was also a longtime member of the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Portland.

Surviving are his daughters, Debra J. Vail of Portland and Laura J. King of Raymond; and four grandchildren; and a special cousin.

A period of visitation for Ralph was held Tuesday, Sept. 23, at the Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home, 199 Woodford Street, Portland, where a memorial service followed.

To leave messages of condolence, and sign the online guestbook please visit www.jonesrichandhutchins.com

In lieu of flowers, the Powers family suggests memorial contributions be made in Ralph’s memory to: The Barron Center Activities Fund, 1145 Brighton Ave., Portland, ME 04102.

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