Richard Young Ingraham
May 15, 1937 – January 21, 2020
Richard Y. Ingraham of Cumberland, Maine, passed away January 21st at home surrounded by his family. He fought a courageous 3 year battle with cancer that certainly did not curb his enthusiasm for life. “Dick”, “Sr”, “Ingy” packed a lot of living into his 82 years as evidenced by his vast experiences and wide array of friendships, old and new, young and old.
He grew up in Topsfield Mass, the son of Richard and Marcia (Kerr) Ingraham. He graduated from Topsfield High School where he excelled in sports and academics. His connection to Maine began with a multi-year stint at Orono. He received his BS degree in Psychology in 1964. He was very proud to have served our country in the Army and Korean conflict as a cryptographer and linguist.
The self-proclaimed “king of the asphalt” spent the majority of his professional career in sales. He worked for Philips 66 Petroleum New England Region, Monroe Auto Parts brought him back to Maine and he finished out his career with MTS of Yarmouth, ME. He seemed to know every road and every town throughout the state. However, by far his greatest accomplishment, which I’m sure he would admit with a smile and a shrug, was his marriage to Judy (Kay) Ingraham on September 4, 1965. They spent 54 great years together making a home, playing golf, socializing with family and friends and raising their three children; Richard, Phil and Joan.
In addition to spending time with friends and family, he enjoyed working, hunting, reading, and projects requiring trips to Ace hardware and golfing. Fall and winter months, he found great company with the Wednesday bowlers. He was also a lover of the earth and spent a great deal of time manicuring and maintaining his yard and gardens. Hunting trips with friends were an annual for him. He enjoyed the outdoors and tending the campfire. His later trips rarely yielded much however, usually only returning with turnip. Later in his life, golf and friendships at Val Halla Golf Club took up much of his time. He had a large second family at Val Halla, where he also worked during his retired years. After roaming the fairways, he could often be found holding court inside as the master of the “one and go.” Notably, he was a 47 year member here, always welcoming to all, but usually not without a gentle needle. Many thanks go out to his Val Halla family and the staff at Rachel’s, especially in the last couple of years, for trying to feed his slim frame and for making him smile.
Richard is predeceased by his parents, Richard and Marcia Ingraham, and his sister Marcia. He is survived by his wife Judy Ingraham, his children; Richard of Brookline NH, Philip and wife Michelle of North Yarmouth Me, Joan Ingraham and Rolf Westphal of Cumberland Me, brother Bill Ingraham and wife Olive of Georgetown, Ma. He will be sadly missed by his grandchildren, Matti Ingraham of Tucson, AZ. Sarah Ingraham of Brooklyn, NY. Benjamin Ingraham of Tewksbury, Ma. , Lauren Ingraham and Jacob Ingraham of Brookline, NH, Abigail Hollis of Cumberland Me and Ian and Henry Westphal of Portland, ME and many nieces and nephews.
Richard was loved by many and will be missed by all. These few paragraphs are hardly enough to capture what a kind, funny, loyal, intelligent, hard-working, and loving man he was to all of us.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00PM, Saturday, February 1st, 2020, at the Congregational Church, 282 Main St., Cumberland Center, ME 04021. Celebration of life to immediately follow at Rachel’s on the Green, 60 Val Halla Rd, Cumberland, ME 04021.
In lieu of flowers, Richard’s family requests donations be made to the Maine Center for Cancer Medicine, 100 Campus Drive, Scarborough, ME 04074, and the Val Halla Golf Association Scholarship Fund, 60 Val Halla Drive, Cumberland, ME 04021.
Maine Center for Cancer Medicine
100 Campus Drive, Scarborough, Maine 04074
Val Halla Golf Association Scholarship Fund
60 Val Halla Drive, Cumberland, Maine 04021
- Memorial Service Saturday, February 1, 2020
- Celebration of Life Saturday, February 1, 2020
Richard Young Ingraham
February 2, 2020
My condolences to Dick’s family for the loss of their father and husband. A great guy whom I enjoyed many rounds of golf, friendly chats and many laughs at Val Halla GC. Rest in peace Ingy, you were one of the best. I am proud to call you a friend and am thankful for the time I enjoyed in your company.
February 2, 2020
My husband, Peter, wanted to thank Dick for his open-armed welcome when we joined Val Halla many years ago. Dick made sure Pete felt “included” right away...he was a great ambassador...the King of Kindness. We wish Judy, the kids, grandkids and extended family, our sincerest condolences. You are Dick’s legacy, and what a legacy you are. Best family...best friends... We will always hold you in our hearts.
Love, Carrie, Peter and Tyler Baker
January 29, 2020
Richard , please allow me to pass along my deepest condolences to you and your entire family on the loss of your father. My family and I would also like to pass along are respects and appreciation for your fathers service in United States Army .Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
January 27, 2020
Dick was my favorite Ingraham. He was unfailingly kind and always interested in “what’s goin on?” He had a litter of golden retrievers and he made sure we got one, “the best” he assured us. I am sure that you knew how much he loved his family . I am so sorry for your loss and hope that your memories will be a comfort forever.
January 26, 2020
Always a smile whenever I saw Dick and such a wonderful sense of humor. I’m so sorry to all the Ingraham’s for your loss.