Ralph C. Powers, 84: 'Mr. Fix It' served his country

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PORTLAND — Ralph C. Powers, 84, of Portland, died peacefully Sept. 17 at his home.

Powers was born in Portland on Dec. 10, 1929, the son of Alfred and Beryl (Brown) Powers. He attended Portland High School, and proudly served his country in the U.S. Army National Guard, constructing the West Buxton Dam.

On May 1, 1954, Powers married Pauline Barbara Priest. Together, they began a family and raised two loving and devoted daughters. Pauline predeceased Ralph on April 15, 2006.

Powers worked as a mechanic at Jilson’s Garage for several years, and later for Palmer Spring Co. He retired from Palmer in 1991 as a foreman, after more than 30 years of service.

He enjoyed camping, competition-level square dancing, and helping out his neighbors as “Mr. Fix It.” He found great pleasure in spending time outdoors, caring for his home and gardens.

He was a longtime member of the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Portland.

Surviving are his daughters, Debra J. Vail of Portland; Laura J. King and her husband, Robert of Raymond; and four grandchildren, Chey G. King, Brandon K. King, Mercedes C. Vail and Blaize A. Vail. Also surviving are his special cousin, Phillip Drummond, and a dear friend, Eleanor Stanley.

A period of visitation for Powers was scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 5-6:30 p.m. at Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St., Portland. A memorial service will follow.

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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