Ralph E. McAvoy Sr., 63, of Searsport died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, at Eastern Maine Medical Center, with his loving family by his side.

Ralph was born in Castine April 5, 1947, a son of the late George and Hazel (Lydick) McAvoy.

Ralph is survived by and will be sadly missed by his wife of more than 44 years Rose (Fairbrother) McAvoy; three sons, Ralph, Jr., Kevin and Travis; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; one sister, Sharon; five brothers, Brian, Pete, Wayne, Richard and George, Jr.; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, Ralph was predeceased by daughter Angela, and one brother, David.

Family and friends will gather for visitation from 1 p.m. until the time of service at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, at Young Funeral Home, 31 West Main St., Searsport.

Memorial contributions in Ralph’s memory may be made to The American Cancer Society New England Division, Inc., One Main Street Suite 300, Topsham, Maine 04086.