Richard Irving Ingraham

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Richard Irving Ingraham, 87
GREAT DIAMOND ISLAND, PORTLAND - Richard Irving Ingraham, 87, of Great Diamond Island, Portland, Maine, passed peacefully at his home with family by his side on Saturday, August 26, 2017. Richard was born to parents James Joseph Ingraham and Kathleen Esther (Moore) Ingraham in Springfield Mass.
Richard graduated from Monson High School in Monson, Mass., and from American International College with a bachelor degree in economics. He married his love, Janet Roberta Washington, in 1957 in Springfield, Mass. His career highlights were many and he moved his young family to North Carolina to start his own business in the stereo sales industry and subsequently relocated to take an opportunity in High Point, NC. His employment with Nelson and Small of Portland Maine until his retirement was an especially rewarding and successful period for Dick. He cherished his coworkers at Nelson and Small and was proud of the success that they achieved together. Richard was a retired major in the National Guard and a retired volunteer firefighter for the Great Diamond Island fire department.
He was, above all, a family man. He and his wife of 60 years, Janet, raised four children and instilled in all the importance of family. He was there for every sporting event, graduation, marching band competition, and family gathering. In addition to his family, his friends and community on Great Diamond Island were near and so dear to his heart.
Richard is survived by his wife Janet (Washington) Ingraham; his four children, son James (Jean) Ingraham of Matthews, N.C., daughter Pamela (Edward) Wentling of Ruther Glen, Va., daughter Patricia (Glenn) Thompson of Richmond, Va., and daughter Hilary (James) Riedy of Richmond, Va. He is also survived by 10 special lights of his life, his grandchildren, Edward Wentling, James Thompson, Joseph (Lindsay) Ingraham, David (Amanda) Ingraham, Patricia (Benjamin) Infanti, Daniel Wentling, Stephanie Thompson, Meghan Riedy, James Riedy, and Aidan Riedy. Richard is also survived by four little loves, his great-grandchildren, Abigail, Audrey, Mason, and Charlotte. He was predeceased by older brother James and survived by younger brother Donald; and numerous nephews, nieces, and friends.
Richard will be remembered for his love of life, family, music, Red Sox, and Patriots among so many other things.
Special appreciation goes to Hospice of Southern Maine, special friend Elizabeth Weber of Great Diamond Island and his buddy Huckleberry, and the Portland Fire Department, in particular the crew of the Fire Boat.
A casual celebration of life will be held at 11:00 a.m. at Elwell Hall on Great Diamond Island on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017.
Arrangements are under the guidance of
Hobbs Funeral Home
. 230 Cottage Road, South Portland. Online condolences may be expressed at

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Richard's memory to:
Hospice of Southern Maine

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Funeral Home
South Portland, ME 04106-3802
(207) 799-4472
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Sept. 3, 2017
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