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Richard D. Elwell

Richard D. Elwell


5/21/1934 - 10/23/2010

 

RICHARD D. ELWELL, 76, loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away peacefully October 23, 2010 at home surrounded by his family.  A lifelong resident of Brooks, Richard was born there May 21, 1934 the son of Perley and Dorothy (Reynolds) Elwell. 

 

Richard started working at the First National store in Brooks at age 16, working part time while attending high school.  Upon graduation from Morse Memorial High School in 1952, he continued to work full time at First National stores until taking an assistant manager position at Cottle’s Red & White in Belfast.  Even as a little fella, he always wanted to run a grocery and have his own store.  In 1968, Richard his wife Ruth purchased the First National store in Brooks, reopening  it as Richard’s Market which he owned and operated for 18 years until selling in 1986.  His store was a neighborly place where customers were greeted with his warm smile and friendly conversation.  They came because it was Richard’s.  He was well known for his ability to accurately cut 1 lb. of sharp cheese off the wheel and enjoyed giving out treats to the kids or an ice cream on their birthday.  Later, he worked at Belfast True Value Hardware and Monroe Post Office.

 

Richard was an active and proud member of the community, providing support and sponsorship in many areas.  He was a charter member of the Brooks Booster Club, serving for over 30 years with one year as president.  He was honored by the American Legion with a community service award.  He served in the National Guard for eight years, Cub Scout leader, selectman and volunteer fire fighter.

 

Richard was an enthusiastic sports fan.  He followed Brooks Little League and Waldo County All-Stars for many years, even before his grandchildren played.  He often sported his #1 FAN hat.  He received the Arthur Fuller award on behalf of the Waldo County Little League, given for his untiring effort and support throughout the years.  He most enjoyed watching his grandchildren play sports at Mt. View and Belfast high schools and logged many miles traveling year-round to games, always stopping along the way for a Diet Coke.  He loved high school basketball, and come tournament time, you could often find him supporting teams at the Bangor Auditorium.  Rarely missing one of his grandchildren’s games, he could be seen in the stands with his scorebook in hand.  He was called “Grampa” by his grandchildren’s teammates and friends.  He enjoyed dancing, harness and stock car races, golf and mini-golf with family.  He enjoyed doing puzzles in the winter, camping trips, canoeing and cookouts at camp in the summer as well as trips to the coast with Ruth in their 1929 Model-A pickup truck.  Grampa will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

 

Richard is survived by his wife of 55 years, Ruth (Davis) Elwell; son Jay and wife Eloise of Brooks; daughter Lucinda and husband Raymond Bryant of Monroe; six grandchildren, Monica and husband Aric Odone of South Thomaston, Clint Elwell of Brooks, Calvin Elwell of Rockland, Kelsey and husband Bryan Menard of Jackson, Ashley Bryant and Lindsey Bryant of Monroe; four great-grandchildren, Hannah Elwell, Logan and Brenna Odone and Elias Menard; two sisters, Sharley “Sis” and husband Brian Steward of Swanville; Sandra Ellis of Gallatin, Tennessee; brother-in-law Roland Ryan of Brooks and sister-in-law Joyce Davis of Rockport.  Also surviving are several special nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.  Richard was predeceased by his parents, sister-in-law Erlane “Dolly” Ryan and brother-in-law Erving “Sonny” Davis. 

 

A private graveside service will be held at Kinney Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Brooks Volunteer Ambulance Service, Attention:  Paul Lawrence, PO Box 159, Brooks, ME 04921.  Arrangements are under the care of Crabiel-Riposta Funeral Home, 182 Waldo Avenue, Belfast.   Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.ripostafh.com





Condolences

Cecil Eastman

Belfast
Second Cousin
Monday, October 25, 2010
 

Richard was a great guy a very caring friend, he will be missed, many fond memories as a classmate and at the old Cottle's Shop & Save. Special thoughts and prayers to the family at this sad time.

don richards

detroit
friend
Monday, October 25, 2010
 

Richard was a great man and I have many fond memories of going into the store as a kid growing up in Brooks. My thoughts are with you all in this sad time. Always remember Lucinda, Jay and Ruth all the great times you had and how proud he was of all of you. He will be missed. A friend, Don

Paul M. Lawrence

Brooks
Neighbor
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
 

My condolences go out to Ruth and your family. Richard will be missed by all who knew him.

Donna Seymour

Corinth
Monroe PO Postmaster, Retired
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
 

Richard was the most dedicated, dependable and honest employee anyone could ever ask for. It saddens me that we have lost such a wonderful and caring person. My sincerest sympathies go to his lovely wife, Ruth and his children.

Jill Kulbe

Belfast
Director of Waldo County Hospice
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
 

All of us at Waldo County Home Healthcare & Hospice send our condolences to your entire family. Richard, or "Grampy" as we know him from Kelsey, will be remembered in our hearts.

Brandon Hurd

Brooks
Friend
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
 

A sad day to hear of the passing of Richard. It seemed like he would live forever! My thoughts go out to the family who I know cared for him so much. He was always willing to do "anything". You could always count on seeing him at some type of sporting event with either a score book in hand or his picks for who was going to win the horse race. Richard you were a great man!

Lorraine & Gary Merrifield

Zephyrhills
family
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
 

Our thoughts are with you, Ruth, and the family. Richard will be greatly missed.

Doreen Littlefield

Swanville
friend
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
 

Brooks has lost another great person. I alway's looked for Richard at the little league games and it just wasn't right if he wasn't there; and he alway's like the Kirshner red hot dogs best! Our sincere condolences to his family. Fred & Doreen Littlefield

Barbara (Mollison) Cunningham

Searsport
Brooks native
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
 

Thanks for being so kind to a little boy who loved to guess how much change I'd have left over at check-out and for those trips to the horse racing with Dad. You will be remembered for all your good deeds.

Yvonne House

Belfast
friend
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
 

Dear Ruth, Know that you and your loved ones are in our thoughts and prayers. So very sorry to hear of his passing. with warm regards, Yvonne and Art House

Richard & Joyce Chase

Bushnell
Friend
Thursday, November 04, 2010
 

Our thoughts and prayers go out to you Ruth; and to Jay and Family, and Lucinda and Family; Also to Sis and Sandra. Richard was always smiling and sure did enjoy those basketball games. Everyone will miss him.