BELFAST AND HAMPDEN - Frank H. Coombs Jr., 83, passed away peacefully Nov. 13, 2012 at a Bangor nursing facility. Frank was born April 14, 1929, in Belfast, to Frank Sr., and Vera Beatrice (Dixon) Coombs.
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Frank grew up and was educated in Belfast where he was a 1948 graduate of Crosby High School. He then served his country in the Army during the Korean War. Frank was married to Barbara Shirlene (Patten) Coombs, April 14, 1950. Together they lived in Belfast and raised their only son, Frank III. Frank was a well-known and respected self employed businessman in the Belfast area. He owned and operated the U-Ota Bowl bowling Lanes in Belfast from 1956-1986 where many champion bowling alley brats were started, owned a bowling pin manufacturing company, worked as a carpenter, a floor refinisher and a machinist. He was the epitome of the old saying "Jack of all trades, master of none." Frank's love for bowling led him to several state candlepin-bowling championships. He was an avid baseball player which led him to pitch for the Belfast Merchants Baseball Team as well as the Augusta Millionaires which was a semi pro baseball team that many of the Red Sox initially played on. One of Frank's great passions was golf, in which he made a hole in one at Hermon Meadows Golf Course. Frank was an active member and past commander of Frank D. Hazeltine American Legion Post No. 43 of Belfast and Northport Memorial VFW Post 6131. Frank will be remembered as a fine community leader and as a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend. Frank's family gives special thanks to the Maine Veterans Home, D Unit for their compassionate care during his stay with particular mention to Frank's close friend, Steve Harrison.
Frank is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Barbara Shirlene Coombs of Bangor; his son, Frank H. Coombs III and wife, Bobbi, of Hampden; grandchildren, Joshua Coombs and wife, Genevieve, of Waterboro and Erin Coombs of Hampden; a special niece, Pam Turcotte; a special nephew, Jock D. D. Coombs; four brothers-in-law, three sisters-in-law, as well as several nieces and nephews too numerous to mention. Frank was predeceased by his parents and a brother, John W. Coombs.
Family and friends are invited to visit 6-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at Hampden-Gilpatrick Funeral Home, 45 Western Ave., Hampden, where memorial service celebrating Frank's life will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, with Pastor Steve Nute officiating. Memorial contributions in Frank's honor may be made to Maine Veterans Home, D Unit, 44 Hogan Road, Bangor. Messages of condolence and memories may be shared through www.hampdengilpatrick.com.
Published in BDN Maine on Nov. 15, 2012