ISLAND FALLS – Dr. Ray C. Newman, 89, passed away peacefully April 10, 2013. Born Feb. 22, 1924, in Ithaca, N.Y., the son of Ray C. and Edna (Beach) Newman.
Graduating from Ithaca High School in 1942, he enrolled in the accelerated veterinary medicine program at Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., during World War II and served in the U.S. Army as a 2nd Lieutenant for Quartermaster Corps. Marrying his beloved wife, Joy Skinner Newman, March 1948 after graduating from Cornell University, they moved to Maine in 1949 opening Island Falls Veterinary Hospital for large and small Animals. He was a 50-year member and past master of Island Falls Lodge No. 205 AF & AM, York and Scottish Rite Bodies, obtaining the 32 degree of Scottish Rite. He was high priest in Daniel Randolph Chapter No. 65 and past district deputy of 24th Masonic District, member of Anah Shiriners, Bangor, where he was a member of the Past Masters and Anah Indy Units. Doc was actively involved in numerous community activities, president and founding member of Maine Mountain Ski Association, chairman and member of Island Falls school board, president of Fish and Game Club, Whittier Congregational Church deacon and town moderator. Within his profession, he served as chairman of the State Board of Examiners, president of Maine Veterinary Medical Association and president of New England Veterinary Medical Association.
He is lovingly survived by four daughters, Candace Newman Rupley and husband, Theodore Rupley, Sandra Newman, Darcy Newman and Heather Newman and husband, George MacKinnon; grandchildren, Mea Rupley Newman and husband, David Newman with their son, Leo, Kara Newman with her daughter, Hannah, Chelsey Folsom with her daughter, Willow, Gretchen and Nicholas Newman, and Paige and Colin MacKinnon.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, April 20, at Bowers Funeral Home, Island Falls, with the Rev. Peter Main officiating, and Masonic services being conducted by Island Falls Lodge No. 205. Interment will be at Island Falls Cemetery. Those who wish to remember Doc in a special way may make a donation in his memory to Shriners Children’s Hospital, Boston. A direct link to their site is available at