Richard G. Vose, obituary

Sat, 08/01/2020 - 9:45am

CAMDEN — Richard “Dick” Gould Vose, 88, from Camden, Maine, passed away peacefully on July 30, 2020.

He was predeceased by his parents, Lowell W. Vose and Doris Hillis Vose; and his brother, Lowell W. Vose Jr. He was also predeceased by his daughter, Carol Vose Hammond; and his son, Richard Alan Vose.

Dick was born in Marshfield, Maine but from early childhood education through college, he lived in Harrington, Maine. He earned a BS in Mathematics with a minor in Economics from the University of Maine in Orono. Additionally, he earned an MS in Industrial Management Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.

In 1953, he married Joan Stanley, his high school sweetheart. After many years they divorced but continued to be close and lifelong friends. They have two living sons, David Vose and his partner Sarah Dolan of Buckeye, Arizona, and Paul Vose and Elisabeth Vose Gimbel of Cape Elizabeth, Maine. His grandchildren are Jan Michael Vose, Jack Vose Gimbel, Millie Grace Vose, and Addison Murphy Vose.

Dick was a Korean War veteran, entering the Army in 1953 as a First Lieutenant, and after four years of service, he was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain.

Dick was a congenial, enthusiastic man who loved a challenge, and was a quick learner, demonstrating both wit and a strong work ethic. He possessed intense mental and physical energy, assets that suited his professional career and executive management positions at IBM in New York; Gates Rubber Company and Great Western United in Colorado; and Hussey Seating Company in Maine.

After moving to Midcoast Maine, Dick became the Executive VP of Dragon Products in Thomaston, Maine from 1984-1987. Before retirement, he served as president of Avocet Systems in Camden, as well as serving briefly as the interim director for the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine.

Dick was a vigorous outdoor enthusiast who enjoyed competitive sports, horseback riding, skiing, hiking, hunting, and fishing. He treasured trips and hunting camp with his dad, brother and nephew, Jeffrey Vose. They hunted, canoed, and fished the trout streams in Maine for years. Dick took to the woods for the silence and comfort of nature.

Later in life, family became Dick’s greatest love – he was loved and will be remembered always.

A private family ceremony will be held at a later date.