John J. Ramsey Sr., 86, of Lovell, Maine, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 4, at Mineral Springs.

He was born in Success, Mo., on Dec. 21, 1932, the son of Walter and Florence Cohen Ramsey.

He served in the Coast Guard and married Gwendolyn Vear. He had worked as a spray painter in the auto parts industry. He later worked at Thurston’s garage for his friend Bruce.

He enjoyed open mic nights at A.J.’s and at 302 West. He also enjoyed collecting gems.

John is survived by his children, John Ramsey, Jr. of Wisconsin; Jay Ramsey; and Joelene York and her partner, Elliott Emmons, all of Maine; Stephan MacLeod of Massachusetts; Karen LaSalle of New Hampshire; Bill MacLeod and Mark MacLeod, both of Massachusetts; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and his best friend, Bruce Thurston of Maine.

He was predeceased by his wives, Gwendolyn Ramsey and Joann Ramsey; and a daughter, Jackie McDermott.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Sept. 14, at 4 p.m. at Wood Funeral Home at 9 Warren St. in Fryeburg with visitation from 2 to 4 p.m. prior to the service. Interment will be at Norfolk Cemetery in Norfolk, Mass., on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 11 a.m.

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