George R. Newcomb, wearing his Royal Canadian Air Force tartan tie and shoulder plaid. Courtesy Newcomb family
George R. Newcomb was born in Mayerthorpe, Alberta, Canada, in 1921. He died peacefully at home in Tacoma Jan. 14 at 95.
Newcomb was raised learning the hard work ethic and skills of a farm. He joined the Royal Canadian Air Force at the start of WWII and trained in aircraft maintenance, specializing in the Lancaster Bomber. He served across Canada and in England. After his service with the RCAF, his training and skills took him to a civil service career at McCord Air Force Base and Fort Lewis.
Newcomb met and fell in love with his wife, Norma, after the war while both were visiting Tacoma. They were married in Vancouver, B.C., and moved to Tacoma, where they spent 68 years together and became U.S. citizens.
Newcomb was a skilled craftsman who built four homes. He loved traveling, boating, working in his garden, playing golf, tennis and the harmonica. He was known for playing Taps during sunset at the vacation home he built on Herron Island, where he and his family spent nearly every weekend and many vacations.
Newcomb was preceded in death by his parents, Stephen and Maggie Newcomb, and his three brothers and four sisters. He will be greatly missed by his wife, Norma; his daughters, Linda (Ron) Purbaugh; Sharon (John) Lisicich; two granddaughters; five great grandsons; and many nieces and nephews.
A family graveside service was held at Haven of Rest in Gig Harbor. If desired, please consider donations to your favorite charity in lieu of flowers.