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Obituaries » Ray N. Newcomb

Ray Norman Newcomb, 87, of Haymarket, died Sunday, October 31, 2021.

He will be greatly missed by his family and friends and is now at peace.

Ray was preceded in death by his loving wife, Janet Newcomb; his parents, Harold Newcomb and Leona Newcomb; his sisters, Colleen Kelly and Mona Minnon, and his brothers, Peter Newcomb and Mike Newcomb.

Ray is survived by his daughter, Colleen Gentry and husband Matt of Blacksburg; his son, John Newcomb and wife Victoria of Haymarket, and his grandchildren, Kristina Newcomb, Kevin Newcomb, Lauren Hohe, Abigail Hohe, and Francesca Hohe.

Ray was born in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, on March 5, 1934. He grew up in Boothbay Harbor and Portland, Maine, and moved to Maryland after high school where he joined the Air Force. After his service Ray worked for Melpar, a government contractor in Northern Virginia, and attended the University of Maryland where he studied Engineering. While working at Melpar, Ray met Janet Cobb in the cafeteria. Both Ray and Janet described this moment as “Love at first sight” and married six months later. Ray and Janet moved to Bull Run Mountain Estates, outside Haymarket, where they were among the original residents. There Ray and Janet raised their two children, Colleen and John.

Ray was a meteorologist for the National Weather Service and spent most of his career working at Dulles and BWI airports. Ray was interested in weather and aviation and had many hobbies throughout his lifetime. He was always interested in learning something new, building, creating, and sharing projects with family and friends. In addition, the love of his dogs was well known, and he gladly welcomed them into the family and they in return loved him dearly.

Ray had so many strengths, some of which were his stability, kindness, generosity, and quiet sense of humor. He was always willing to lend a hand and help in any way he could. His kindness and love will be greatly missed by his family, but never forgotten.

Colleen and John wish to extend a sincere thank you to all the special caregivers who provided excellent care and companionship over the last couple of years.

Services for will be held at The Church of Our Saviour at Oatlands on Friday, November 19, at 10 a.m., followed by a celebration of Ray and Janet’s life at the Piedmont Country Club between 1 and 4 p.m..

Memorial contributions may be made to Friends of Homeless Animals.

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