David Ritchie Billings

SEAL HARBOR — David Ritchie Billings of Seal Harbor passed away in the early morning of Friday, March 31, 2017, peacefully at home with family. Born July 26, 1929, in Mount Desert, he was the son of the late John Theodore Billings and Evelyn Billings (Ritchie).

David was raised in Seal Harbor where, following the drowning death of his father in 1935, he helped support his mother and three siblings. He was predeceased by sister Marie E. Walch and brothers Richard W. and Frederick A. Billings.

David worked in various positions and on the carriage roads in Seal Harbor for John D. Rockefeller and helped fight the island fire of 1947. He enlisted in the Air Force in Bangor on Dec. 7, 1950, where he was a senior electrician during the Korean Conflict and had many fond memories and slides of being stationed in Labrador. He was honorably discharged on July 17, 1954, and during his service received the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. Following his discharge, he attended the University of Maine, Orono, where he graduated with a degree in civil engineering and married his childhood friend and love of his life, Muriel Walls (Fernald), on June 3, 1956. After graduation, he held various jobs, which took him to New Mexico and Virginia before settling in Farmington, Conn., as an environmental engineer for the Federal Highway Administration. David enjoyed many years of being an assistant Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 170 of Unionville, Conn., where he loved going on all the camping and high adventure trips with the troop and made many friends.

David retired in 1986 and moved back to his hometown of Seal Harbor in 2000. One of David’s dreams was to have a motor home, and he bought one after moving back to Seal Harbor to do some traveling with Muriel. David often said family came first and family was everything to him. He enjoyed socializing and loved to make people laugh. David and Muriel spent a lot of time gardening, and following the passing of his father-in-law Harry Fernald in 1985 they both carried on the legacy of Harry’s rose garden, including bringing rose arrangements down to the Seal Harbor post office and various Seal Harbor residents. David was a do-it-yourselfer and always had to be busy doing something. He enjoyed tinkering with broken gadgets he procured trying to make them work again and got great satisfaction when he was successful.

David is survived by his wife, Muriel, of Seal Harbor, a son, Timothy J., and wife, Joyce A., of Southwest Harbor, a son, Keith Walls, and wife, Patricia, of Wrentham, Mass., beloved grandchildren James, Jessie and Joanna, six great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

It was David’s wish that no service be planned. The family would like to give a special and heartfelt thank you to the MDI Nursing Association in Northeast Harbor and Hancock County Homecare’s hospice program for all of their help. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions may be made to the MDI Nursing Association, 12 Summit Road, Northeast Harbor or the Seal Harbor Village Improvement Society, P.O. Box 171, Seal Harbor, ME 04675.

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