Ralph Craig Dennison
August 9, 1928 – August 22, 2018
Freeport -Ralph Craig Dennison, age 90, passed away on Aug. 22, 2018 after a long illness. Ralph was born and raised in Freeport, Maine when Freeport was a thriving town with several shoe factories and other businesses, long before it became a tourist town. Ralph was proud of the Freeport of the past, and had many fond memories of the town. Throughout his long life, he was employed at a few places, such as L.L. Bean, the Freeport School District, and the Freeport Greenhouse. His longest employment was 22 years with L.L. Bean where he was a master stitcher and called upon for his expertise at fixing the Union Lock Stitch sewing machines, which saved the company money. Ralph enjoyed talking about the old L.L. Bean. He personally knew founder Leon Leonwood Bean and his family. One of Ralph's favorite memories of those years with the company was when L.L. asked his grandson Tommy and Ralph to help him do some work on his camp and L.L. served them lobster rolls then returned to town in L.L.'s Cadillac.
Ralph served in the Army in the Korean War and was at a test of the Atomic Bomb.
He was known for his quick sense of humor, his kindness, honesty, great love for his family, and his passion for music. He could play piano, and guitar, but was most talented as a drummer. He had an ear for any type of music, but his favorite was Big Band music, for which he played the drums with several bands.
Ralph is predeceased by his parents, Austin & Lois Dennison, and brothers Bob, Dick, Ray, and sister-in-law Charlotte. Ralph is survived by his wife of 61 years, Connie Dennison, son Brad, Daughter in-law Donna, daughter Candy, son-in-law Matt Holden, grandchildren Nick, Megan, Seth, and Lianna. Also, his sister-in-law Ginger Stairs who was like a sister to him, nephew Randy Stairs who was like a son to him, as well as several in-laws, nieces and nephews.
Services for Ralph will be in the Fall. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Coastal Humane Society.
Ralph will always be missed by many.
Family and friends are invited to share their memories or offer their condolences by visiting Ralph's online guestbook at www.lindquistfuneralhome.com
Ralph Craig Dennison
August 24, 2018
I remember my folks having a summer get together in the 1980's and Uncle Ralph came over . Lawn chairs back then were made of nylon strips weaved together. I remember him fooling around and sat down and went threw the lawn chair and he was stuck in the chair. I was little but I remember him laughing about it as the grown ups were trying to get him out of the chair.