Gerald W. Whitcomb, 85, of Waldo, passed away on Feb. 10, 2012 in Belfast. He was born on July 24, 1926, the son of Fletcher and Vivian (Howard) Whitcomb.

Jerry completed his associates degree in accounting and finance at Bentley College in Massachusetts. He was a veteran of the United States Navy. Jerry was a selectman for the town of Waldo for 20 years as well as an MSAD 3 school board member for 18 years, serving as chairman for 12 years, and was a moving force behind the development of the Waldo County Vocational Technical Center.

He was the office comptroller for Maplewood Poultry for many years until its closing in 1980. Jerry worked at various business within the community including WCCSA (Waldo County Committee for Social Action), Maritime Energy and finished his working career at MacLeod’s Furniture.

After retiring, he continued his tax advising and preparation for many people in and around Waldo County which was a passion of his. He was also very involved in St. Francis of Assisi Church and was a long-time member of Knights of Columbus, where he held the position of fourth degree.

He is predeceased by his parents; his beloved wife, Gloria; and his two brothers, Donald and Richard Whitcomb.

Jerry is survived by his children, Frank Whitcomb and his wife Jean of Colchester, Vt., Ann Marie Sweeney and her husband Kenneth of Waldo, Dianne Kazilionis of South Portland, Billy Whitcomb and his wife Monique Roy of Belfast, and Lawrence “Gus” Whitcomb of Waldo; his grandchildren, Jennifer, Jason, Ben, Gerald, James, Selena, Vanessa, Levi and Kendra; six great-grandchildren, Tella, Anesia, Moriah, Ricardo, Megan and Sarah; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and pets, Jackie Boy and Clem.

Friends and family are invited to call on Sunday, Feb. 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Riposta Funeral Home, 182 Waldo Ave., Belfast. A mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday, Feb. 20 at 10 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Court Street, Belfast. Interment will be held for Jerry and Gloria in the spring at Paul Yard Cemetery in Waldo.

Those who wish may make contributions in Jerry’s memory to Department of Scholarships, Knights of Columbus, PO Box 1670, New Haven, CT 06507-0901. Online condolences may be offered to the family at ripostafh.com.