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Passing of Falmouth Lion, Dick Winchenbach


Sadly, one of our great Falmouth Lions passed away last month. On the loss of our dear friend, Lion Dick Winchenbach:


“I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our long-time friend and fellow Lion Dick Winchenbach. He was a dedicated Lion who served our Club well for many decades. Dick was quite involved in district activities as well and held several leadership roles. On many occasions I would take Dick to visit other clubs and attend our district conventions. We always had a good time. He was a founding father of our of club. We have lost part of our history.” – Aaron Tufts


“Sad news. When I think of Dick Winchenbach I think Mr. Lion. Dick personified the enthusiasm and dedication that we all strive for in Lionism. And Dick always accomplished this with a sense of mischief. Falmouth has lost a Stallworth pillar of our club. RIP Richard.” – Barney Schneider


“What a wonderful man. He had such a great combination of dedication to Lions and desire to have fun. I have many fond memories of Dick and am sad that he is not with us anymore.” – Dean Frost


“Dick was an all-around great guy that made a big impression on me and everyone he touched. The world was made a better place by Dick and I’m sure he will always pop up in our minds.” – David Jones


“Dick joined the Falmouth Lions in 1957 and was very active until health issues sidelined him. He was 93 years old when he died and loved Lions. He said he remembers going to So. Portland Lions with his father when he sat on his knee!” – Tony Hayes


“It was during a conversation I had with Dick that I made up my mind to take a turn as president of the Club. Dick said, ‘You know, everyone who takes that job is really busy.’ That simple statement made good sense.” Dick will be thought of fondly and often.” – Rick Lajoie

“Dick was a good soul and a great Lion, when I think of him, I fondly remember his “periodic shenanigans”! – Jim Mullin


“The news about Dick hit me really pretty hard as he was my sponsor when I came into the Club. I have fond memoirs of Dick and his wife Phyllis at cabinet meetings and conventions while I was president. I will miss them both and know in my heart God just got another Melvin Jones Fellow to work in the front office.” – Bill Bennett


“Dedicated members of the Falmouth Lions have made a huge effort on keeping Dick up to date on Lions work. He will be sadly missed.” – John Winslow


Richard P. Winchenbach 1927 – 2021 FREEPORT – Richard P. Winchenbach, 93, passed away on January 30, 2021. He was born on February 22, 1927, son of Walter and Helen Winchenbach, South Portland, Maine. He graduated from Bridgton Academy. He served in the Navy in 1945. He was the president and owner of Portland Rubber Company on Commercial Street for many years, taking over the company for his dad, Walter. Richard married Phyllis Barbour, from Yarmouth, Maine, on June 14, 1952. They were happily married 57 years before her death in 2009. He was an active member of Yarmouth Winnegance Chapter of Eastern Star, Masons, and the Shriners. He was proud of his active service in the Falmouth Lions Club, serving the community for 70 years. He is predeceased by his parents, his brother, Robert Winchenbach, and sister, Priscilla Edgecomb. Richard is survived by his two daughters, Pamela J. Wilson and husband, Brian, of Falmouth, and Susan M. Cary and husband, John, of Cumberland. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Brianna Wilson, Nicholas Wilson, James Cary, Andy Cary; two great grandchildren, Lillian Marie, Andrew Paul Cary, Jr.; many special nieces and nephews. Because of COVID-19, there will be no services. Burial will be private at a later date.

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