BRISTOL — On Wednesday July 28, 2021, Richard Ripley, loving husband and father of one son, passed away at the age of 70. He had recently been diagnosed with metastasized brain cancer.

Richard was born in Camden to Clyde and Virginia Ripley. He graduated from Belfast Area High School in 1969. He completed an apprenticeship program at Bath Iron Works, where he was employed for 30 years. Later he worked for Ralph’s Homes in Waldoboro for 10 years.

On June 25, 1988, he married Rina Potvin, and together they made many wonderful memories living in Alna, Newcastle and Bristol.  

Richard was a man of few words but of many talents. He was an accomplished carpenter who built his own home, completed many renovations and built many keepsakes for others. In his earlier years he enjoyed drag racing in his orange Duster.  He also built a 1935 Chevrolet street rod and enjoyed countless joyrides on the country roads of the Midcoast.  

In his later years, he loved being in the woods, working in his vegetable garden and operating his Kubota tractor. 

Richard was preceded in death by his father Clyde, his mother Virginia, his sister Linda, and his brother-in-law Raymond.

He is survived by his wife Rina; his son Justin and wife Patty, and their children, Rhian and Brayden. He also leaves behind his Italian son, Renato, and wife Marta, as well as his sister Alicia and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Newcastle.  A reception, hosted by the Shamrocks, will follow the service downstairs.

Arrangements are with Strong-Hancock Funeral Home, Damariscotta.  Condolences and messages for his family may be expressed by visiting