Ralph Joseph Jewett
Bucksport - Ralph Joseph Jewett passed away on November 29, 2019, surrounded by his family, in the town he loved. For 93 years, he served as a towering figure of honesty, selflessness, and dedication to all who knew him, leaving a remarkable legacy.
Born in Bucksport, Maine on October 20, 1926, to George Herbert Jewett and Hazel Averill Jewett, he grew up with his brothers, George H. Jewett and Lloyd J. Jewett and his sisters, Elois Jewett MacCollum and Nancy Jewett Lord. Along with his siblings, he was raised by his stepmother, Frances Maxfield Jewett.
He proudly attended Bucksport schools and the University of Massachusetts prior to enlisting in the United States Air Force Corps at the age of 17, going on to serve as a corporeal in the Philippines. In 1949, he married the love of his life, Marilyn Marks, and they were nearly inseparable for the next 70 years. After graduating from the University of Maine in 1951, where he was known on the basketball court as "Mighty Mouse," he began his career as an educator, first in Stonington, then Bucksport. He ended his tenure as principal of Bucksport High School, where his students appreciated his dedication to learning, fairness, and his insistence on treating all equally.
Along with Marilyn, he dedicated his life to his three children, Jeanne Jewett Russell, Jon R. Jewett, and Lisa Jewett Brott and their respective spouses, Ronald Russell and Avery Brott. He was adored by his beloved grandchildren, Todd Russell, Carrie Russell Marcus, Samuel Russell, Abigail Russell Goldsworthy, and Emerson Brott; and his eight great-grandchildren, who were lucky enough to have him in their lives.
In his passing, he is an example of a life well lived.
Funeral services will be held at the Elm Street Congregational Church in Bucksport on Wednesday, December 4th at 4:00pm. Visiting hours and a reception to celebrate his life will also be held at the Church at 5:00pm. Please attend whatever portions of the service you can. All are welcome. If you wish to include a favorite story or anecdote of Ralph in a family scrapbook, please bring with you or send them to arussell2@gmail.com. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Buck Memorial Library or Elm Street Congregational Church.
Published on November 29, 2019


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Tim Emery
Dec 06, 2019
Anyone who attended Ralph's funeral could easily feel the love the Bucksport community has for him. Marilyn, you and Ralph have raised a wonderful family. God bless
Gail Hallowell
Dec 04, 2019
Ralph was a wonderful man. He will be missed by all who knew him. He has impacted the lives of so many people, and given selflessly to our town all his life. He was a treasure.
Jackie & Frank Dunbar
Dec 04, 2019
I was one of hundreds of students who had Ralph Jewett as my teacher in the sciences, and coach for basketball all four years-1954--1958. My dad Ray Willett , also an educator, taught Ralph in his high school years and even his basketball coach. I had the joy several years ago of giving Ralph my Dad's score books from coaching --that contained Ralph's and his teammates names in them! He also taught me (& at that time my future husband--FRANK), life saving ( at the -then new swimming pool!) Deara Ralph was/is still a great man and friend..With our thoughts and love Jackie Wlilett & Frank Dunbar
Patrick O. Corr
Dec 04, 2019
I will forever remember Ralph as a teacher, a neighbor, a boss and mentor ( I still use the gun cabinet he helped me build in his workshop). His examples have helped me in many ways. My condolences to the family in this time of loss, but take comfort in knowing he will be fondly remembered by so many.
Liz Harris
Dec 03, 2019
So sorry for your loss, Sam, and family. By reading his obituary, I could see that he was at UMASS around the same time my dad went there! My dad was a football player....and your grandpa, a basketball player. Sending you much sympathy. So hard to lose the ones we love.
Brian and Georgeia Burke
Dec 03, 2019
We were so sorry to hear of Ralph’s passing. Always enjoyed talking with him. He will be missed and remembered by many. Our thoughts are with his entire family.
Janie (Johnson) Bouchard
Dec 03, 2019
My thoughts are with all of this lovely family. I have wonderful memories of Ralph and feel blessed to have been in his presence regularly growing up. He has left his mark In my life and many others. Hugs to you all.
Nancy Gravelle LaPlante
Dec 03, 2019
RIP Ralph. I will always remember you as my biology teacher and my brother Charlie's dear friend!
Larry Deans
Dec 03, 2019
Mr. Jewett would usually greet me by asking how things were down in ”HardScrabble.” I usually saw in at some athletic contest, whether it be a JV football game or at a game in the gymnasium that bears his name. I always looked forward to seeing that smile and he would always ask what the prospects were for whatever sport we were watching. He was truly one of a kind. My deepest condolences to his family.
Jerry and Jane Leopold
Dec 03, 2019
Ralph was truly a man for all seasons and all reasons. It was a privilege to know him, and to be friends of his remarkable family for the past two decades. He will live on in so many hearts.
Jeri L.(Bennett) Stuart
Dec 03, 2019
We have lost an icon. Mr. Jewett was a favorite teacher in the class
of '63. I shall never forget that during one biology class, he actually helped me out with one of my lessons. You see, I was not an artist of any kind. We had to draw a frog and color it in. He could see that I had only drawn the border on my paper. He stopped by my desk , drew the frog and said to me, "go ahead and finish it". I did so and when I got my paper back, I had an A+. He just smiled and never said a word to me. He was very kind. I never ever once heard him say an unkind word to anyone. He will be missed. When our Lord calls our loved on home, He leaves a gift of memories. Hold on to your me
...mories, let them guide you during this journey. Love and Hugs to all of you. Mr. Jewett was a wonderful man.Read more