Richard Frederic Gross, 89, died Monday March 29, 2021, at Maine Veterans Home, Bangor. He was born July 29, 1931, in Bangor the only child of Frederic and Lowena (Leach) Gross. While in grade school, the family moved to Riverside, N.J. They later relocated back to Bucksport and Richard graduated from Bucksport High School, Class of 1949. He attended the University of Maine at Orono for two years and then entered the military, serving in the Army in Germany. Upon returning home, he married the love of his life, Judith (Hutchins) Gross. They were married for 62 years. Richard worked for and retired from the Bucksport paper mill. He loved all sports, especially baseball and the Boston Red Sox. He loved music, especially jazz, and had a great love for all animals. Richard had a witty and funny sense of humor.
He is survived by and will be greatly missed by his three daughters, Beth Cunningham and husband, Jack, of Bar Harbor, Karen Rackliff and husband, TJ, of Berlin, N.H., and Leslie Gifford and significant other Larry Wahl of Bucksport; grandchildren James and Jessica Cunningham, Jared Cunningham, Samuel Cunningham, Jacob Leach, Jonathan Leach, Lindsey and David Caron, Dustin and Katrina Leach, David and Molly Rackliff, Kenneth and Brandy Rackliff, Whitney Gifford and Jacob Wolk, Nye Gifford and fiancée Kelly Taylor and many great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his beloved cats, Theodore and Lillian.
Richard was predeceased by his parents and his beloved wife.
Family and friends gathered for visitation on Saturday, April 3, 2021, at Mitchell-Tweedie Funeral Home, 28 Elm St., Bucksport.
A graveside service will be held later in the spring at Silver Lake Cemetery.
In keeping with Richard’s love of animals, the family requests memorial contributions to the Bucksport Animal Shelter, P.O. Box X, Bucksport, ME 04416.