BELFAST — Eldon “Ruffy” Loblein, 74, of Belfast passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022, in Bangor. He was born on Aug. 4, 1948, in New York.

He spent his youth in North Jersey and South Florida, where he formed fond memories of fishing in his boat and off the pier with his dad. He later attended prep school at Lawrenceville. Competitive by nature, he excelled at swimming and earned his place at Princeton, where he continually broke lap records.

Ruffy moved to Maine with his cousin, Ken Schweikert, in the early ’70s, where he began a series of custom-designed homes. iRestless and industrious, Ruffy would go on to design and build over 50 houses over the course of his life.

He married Kathy Miller in 1980 and had three children: Katherine, Jason and Jennifer. In 1989, they set roots in Long Bay, Jamaica, rebuilding a home in the quiet village of Rose Garden, and developing close relationships retained to this day.

He will be forever missed by his extended family in Maine and Jamaica, by his wife and grown children, his grandchildren, and by the friends and loved ones left behind.

Visiting hours to celebrate Ruffy’s life will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21, at Riposta Funeral Home, 182 Waldo Ave., Belfast, where a memorial service will follow on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 11 a.m.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at ripostafh.com.

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