Richard A. Wentworth
CAMDEN — Richard A. Wentworth, 99, of Camden died Sunday, June 17, 2012, at Harbor Hill in Belfast. Born in Morrill on Oct. 7, 1912, he was the son of Leslie A. and Bertha Estelle Wentworth. He grew up on Moody Mountain and attended school at Moody Mountain Academy. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in England and achieved the rank of staff sergeant. While in England he met Dorothy Dray and they were married on July 10, 1943, in High Wycombe, England.
In 1945, they returned to Maine and lived at Spruce Nubble on Moody Mountain for a year in a house with no running water or electricity. They lived for several years at 46 Belfast Road before moving to John Street in 1954 where they lived for many years and raised their five children. He enjoyed planting and harvesting his large vegetable garden each year as well as picking blueberries, raspberries and strawberries. Wentworth donated the land on Pearl Street to the American Legion where their building was built. Mr. and Mrs. Wentworth enjoyed traveling to Hawaii and Australia.
Richard worked as a caretaker for the Bok and Zimbalist families before going to work at the Camden Tannery. Retiring from the tannery at age 65, Wentworth went to work with his childhood friend, Ralph Drinkwater, for several years doing carpentry and restoration work. Following the unexpected death of Drinkwater, Mr. Wentworth worked by himself and built five new homes. He was a member of the Camden Senior Citizens and enjoyed having lunch on Fridays at the John Street United Methodist Church in Camden. He was also a member of the American Legion and the VFW in Camden.
In 1986, they moved to Cobb Road where he learned to call and feed the neighborhood crows, cutting and splitting firewood, and working in his yard. In the fall, Richard looked forward to purchasing several bushels of Cortland apples from his favorite orchard in North Whitefield. He then delivered apples to friends and neighbors in hopes of receiving a homemade apple pie.
He was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy Wentworth, on Aug. 19, 2004; and seven sisters. Surviving are his five children, Brian J. Wentworth and his wife, Loretta, of Rockport, Derek R. Wentworth and his wife, Beverly, of Windsor, Barbara E. Forrest and her husband, William, of Lincolnville, Kathleen V. Wales and her husband, Michael, of Warren and Colin R. Wentworth and his fiancé Roberta Knapp of Rockland; a brother, Joseph Wentworth and his wife, Clara, of Wiscasset; a sister, Gertrude “Trudy” Dickey of Belfast; six grandchildren, Julie Dutille, Lisa Holmes, Nathan Wentworth, Jason Wentworth, Kristen Shackelford and Holly Gallant; eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
The Wentworth family would like to express their appreciation to the caregivers of Harbor Hill in Belfast for their love and compassion during the last several months.
Calling hours will be held 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 21 at the Long Funeral Home, 9 Mountain St., Camden. A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, June 22 at the Youngtown Cemetery in Lincolnville. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to the Camden Area District Nursing Association, 30 Community Drive, Camden, ME 04843; or to Camden First Aid Association, P.O. Box 368, Camden, ME 04843. Condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the Wentworth family by visiting their book of memories at www.longfuneralhomecamden.com.