PORTLAND — Richard W. Coombs, 71, of Powhatan Road, Otisfield, died peacefully at Maine Medical Center on Thursday, April 22, the result of a severe heart attack.
He was born in Topsham, March 20, 1939, the son of George M. and Ellen (Trufant) Coombs. His parents moved to Solon that same year, where he graduated from Solon High School in 1957. He continued his education at the Conservatory of Music in Bangor, earning a bachelor’s degree in music education.
He taught and directed school bands in Solon, Mechanic Falls, Camden, Lisbon and the Washington West School District in Vermont. He earned his master’s degree from Vander Cook College in Chicago, Ill. He married Nancy Nutting on June 1, 1968.
After retiring from teaching, he and his wife owned and operated several small businesses, restaurants and motels. Recently he had been working part-time as a courier for NordX Laboratories. He enjoyed traveling and especially camping trips with his wife, family members and his beloved dog. His greatest passion was performing in bands and small groups wherever he traveled.
Surviving are his wife of 42 years; his daughter, Gretchen Leigh of Lincolnville; his granddaughter, Kirah Grace Leigh; two sisters, Mrs. Constance Hopkins of Solon and Mr. and Mrs. Shirley Jordan of Sun City Center, Fla.; numerous nieces, nephews and in-laws.
He was predeceased by his parents; two sisters, Lois Siket and Harriet Oldham and their spouses.