MACHIAS - Bruce Richardson Ingalls, age 82, passed away on Monday, June 27, 2016 due to a short illness while at Marshall Healthcare in Machias, Maine. He battled Parkinson's disease for over 5 years, yet he continued to happily live with his wife, Jean, in their home of 50 years. Bruce was born on December 13, 1933, son of the late Ralph C. Ingalls and Isabel (Richardson) Ingalls.
Bruce earned his bachelor degree in marine science from Maine Maritime Academy. He joined the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged in 1967. Then, Bruce started his career as a merchant marine. He sailed with Sealand for 30 years. He was a member of the Howard Lodge #91, Blanquefort Comm. #13, Washington Chapter #16, and the Anah Shrine. After retiring at age 55, he enjoyed spending summers at Bog Lake and snowbirding in his 5th wheel with Jean.
Bruce was predeceased by both of his parents and sisters- Barbara Beal and Bonnie Foye.
He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Jean M. (Mallar) Ingalls of Machias, ME; 1 son- Rick Ingalls and wife, Marnie of Berwick, ME; 1 daughter- Shelli Schomaker and husband, Joe of Mystic, CT; 4 grandchildren- Jessica Ingalls of Dover, NH, Austin Ingalls of Berwick, ME, Jake Schomaker of Coronado, CA, and John Schomaker of Bozrah, CT.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Maine Parkinson's Society 359 Perry Road Bangor, ME 04401.
A Masonic graveside service is scheduled for 2pm, Saturday, July 2, 2016 at Longfellow Cemetery in Machias with military honors. Arrangements entrusted to Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home in Machias, ME. Online condolences may be shared at
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