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SOUTH BERWICK, Maine - Ralph Ivan Ramsdell, 77, of South Berwick, Maine, died peacefully Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at the Hyder Hospice House in Dover, New Hampshire.
He was born in Waterville, Maine on July 27, 1935, the son of the late Leigh and Ada (Spaulding) Ramsdell.
Ralph was a self-employed painting contractor and proprietor of Ramsdell and Son Painting. He spent most of his life on the seacoast and he attended Bible Speaks in South Berwick, Maine.
Ralph was a genuine, hardworking man who lived an adventurous life. He enjoyed racing cars and was an avid coin collector and outdoorsman. At the age of 65, he started skydiving and was known as "Bumpa the Jumpa." He especially loved spending time with his faithful companion a pug named "Baby."
Ralph was predeceased by his wife, Bette (Kew) Ramsdell; daughter, Traci Ramsdell and brothers, William, Leigh, Charles and Bradley.
Survivors include his children, Mark Ramsdell, Leigh Ramsdell, Stephen Brown, Michelle Young and Rhonda Young; grandchildren, Leigh, Nicholas, Sierra, Dustin, Nathan, Regina, Nicole, Daniel, Casey, Caytlin, and Lauren; sisters, Jennie Mae Lesnewsky and Jean Ramsdell and several great-grandchildren.
Services: Memorial visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m. on Friday, March 15, 2013 at the J. Verne Wood Funeral Home-Buckminster Chapel, 84 Broad Street, Portsmouth, with a memorial service following at 11 a.m., friends are invited. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to South Berwick Community Food Pantry, c/o South Berwick Community Center, 71 Norton Street, South Berwick, Maine 03908 and/or Cocheco Valley Humane Society, 262 County Farm Road, Dover, N.H. 03820. www.cvhsonline.org/makedonation.cfm. Please visit: www.jvwoodfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest book, send a private condolence, gift or sympathy card.
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Published in Fosters from Mar. 10 to Mar. 13, 2013