Ralph G. Kearney ’54 died on April 10, 2016, in Sanford, Maine.
(The following was published in The Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Apr. 14, 2016):
SANFORD – Ralph G. Kearney, 83, of Sanford, died at his home on Sunday, April 10, 2016. The eldest of eight children, he was the son of Ralph and Edith (Rix) Kearney of Fort Fairfield. He grew up in the Fort and went on to attend Bowdoin College where he was part of the Class of 1954.
Ralph married Rosemary Stack, in Waterbury, Conn., and they recently celebrated 57 years together.
He worked mainly in Washington, D.C., from the 1950s to 1980s, with the Veterans’ Administration and the General Services Admin- istration. He lived in Falls Church, Va., with Rosemary and his children, and during that time, travelled throughout the United States and Canada. He has left his family with many happy memories of their vacations together – and all of them have inherited his love of travel.
He retired in 1987 and moved to Sanford, where he has lived since. Among other things, he enjoyed reading the daily newspaper, and participating along with Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy – usually knowing the answer. He also took delight in discussing history, gardening, visiting parks, driving the back roads, and playing bingo.
In addition to his devoted wife Rosemary, surviving are four children, Susan of Arlington, Mass., Christine and her husband Benjamin Sotelo of Centreville, Va., Dennis and his wife Raelene of Sanford, and Mark and his wife Karen of Lewiston, Idaho. He is also survived by five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, one brother, and three sisters.
He was predeceased by his son, Ralph G. Kearney Jr.