BINGHAM -- Richard H. "Dick" Spalding, Sr. 89, died Sunday, April 3, 2011 at the Redington-Fairview General Hospital in Skowhegan.
He was born Oct. 6, 1921 in Bingham, the son of Harry Edward and Annie Belle (Morris) Spalding. Dick graduated from Bingham High School with the class of 1939 and from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston in 1941. He worked as a Drafting Engineer for General Electric in New York State until enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Corps in November of 1942. He served as a Navigator on B-24 bombers in the European, African, Middle Eastern Theatre during WW II and was honorably discharged in September of 1945. After the war, Dick worked as a guide at Pierce Pond Camps in Pierce Pond Twp. He worked as a scaler for various logging contractors and as a wood buyer and seller for lumber companies. His career took him to many parts of the state of Maine as well as other New England states. Dick retired in 1987 from WoodTek of Anson.
He was a Master Mason, Past Master of the Bingham Blue Lodge and member of the Keystone Lodge AF & AM of Solon, a member and Past Commander of the Stanley Beane Post #99 American Legion in Bingham, had served on the Board of Directors for Border Trust Company and also on the School Board for SAD #13.
In his younger years Dick enjoyed playing baseball and played for the Bingham Bears Baseball Team. He was an avid Red Sox fan. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing.
He was married in Farmington on October 1st of 1946 to Methel Morris. He was predeceased by his wife of 59 years, a grandson Michael Paradis, two sisters Irene Spalding and Rebecca Barnaby.
He is survived by a daughter, Tamalie (Spalding) Paradis and her husband Norman of Sarasota, Fla., sons, Hayden V. Spalding and his wife Norma of Claremore, Okla., and Richard H. Spalding Jr. and his wife Midge of Georgetown, S.C., his grandchildren, Jamie (Spalding) Mills and her husband Ben of Fryeburg, Joshua Spalding of Lewiston, Charles H. Spalding of Claremore, Okla., Gilbert F. Spalding of Claremore, Okla., Marc Paradis and his wife Marissa of Livermore Falls, Andre Paradis and his wife Carey of Veazie, and Joseph Paradis of Livermore Falls, great grandchildren, Michael Paradis II, Philip Paradis, Nathanial Paradis, and KeeAna Alyssia Spalding, and Adalyn Mills his brother in law, Myron V. Morris and his wife Madeline of Bingham, a special niece, Cheryl Littlefield of Bingham, several nieces, nephews and cousins.
A graveside memorial service will be held at the Bingham Village Cemetery on Main St. in Bingham, the date and time will announced.
In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make a memorial contribution to the Resident Fund at Woodlawn Rehab. & Nursing Center, 59 West Front St. Skowhegan, ME 04976. Att. Deborah Clement. Cremation & Service arrangements are by Giberson Funeral Home, 18 River St. Bingham.