TACAMO Fallen Veteran - Vince Ullrich, VQ-4
November 2, 1950 - January 24, 2020
Vincent Charles Ullrich, (Poppa), 69, passed away on January 24, 2020 at his home in Brunswick Maine. He was surrounded by his loving family, dog Jake, and friends after a very brief battle of pancreatic cancer.
Born November 2, 1950 in Great Barrington, MA he was the son of Robert and Elizabeth “Sis” Cassidy Ullrich. He grew up in Sheffield, MA and was a graduate of Mount Everett High School, class of 1969. Following high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in the summer of 1969. Vincent married the love of his life Candace Judkins on October 5, 1969.
Over the years he was stationed in Memphis, TN, Pax River, MD and Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico. In 1979 he was stationed to the Brunswick Naval Air Station where he served with VP-U1 Special Projects. Vincent was proud to be part of VP-U1 also known as the Association of Old Buzzards. Vincent retired from the Navy in 1989 as a Master Chief with 20 years of service. Vincent began his second career with GE, later LockHeed Martin, working with the Aegis Test Team at Bath Iron Works. He retired from Lockheed Martin in 2010.
Vincent spent his retirement years exploring the United States with his wife Candy in their class A coach. The last seven years they spent their winter months in Key West with their Sigsbee Shufflers friends enjoying many meals and beautiful sunsets.
Poppa enjoyed attending the numerous activities of his seven grandchildren. He was often seen at their hockey, baseball, basketball, football, soccer and flag football games alongside his loving wife and dog Jake.
Vincent will be remembered for his love of the outdoors. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, and riding in his ATV. Vincent spent countless hours at his remote camp on Round Lake in Washington County, ME. He took great pride in preparing camp for his family to enjoy. He will also be remembered for always being prepared for anything.
He leaves behind the love of his life his wife Candace of 50 amazing years, his daughter Yvonne and her husband Brian Kennedy of South Weymouth, MA, his son Robert Ullrich and his wife Amy of Lewiston, ME, seven grandchildren, Ryan, Aidan, Ava and Lena Kennedy of South Weymouth, MA, Kyle Ullrich and his wife Bryanna of Clarksville, TN, Cole and Chase Ullrich of Lewiston, ME as well as his great granddaughter, Addeline Lee Ullrich of Clarksville, TN.
He is also survived by his brother and best friend Robert “Tony” Ullrich and his wife Carolyn of Sheffield, MA, his brother John Ullrich and his wife Judy also of Sheffield. Along with numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews and many good friends.
SERVICES: Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, January 30th at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of the Valley Church in Sheffield, MA conducted by Rev. Peter Naranjo. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Sheffield Center Cemetery.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, January 29th from 4pm – 7pm at Finnerty & Stevens Funeral Home in Great Barrington, MA.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (pancan.org) c/o Finnerty & Stevens Funeral Home, 426 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230. To send remembrances to his family please go to www.finnertyandstevens.com
TCVA extends its sympathy and prayer for peace to Vince Ullrich's family and friends during this time of the passing.
Thank you, Ron Williams for providing the information. Ron added, "Vince Ullrich served in VQ-4 prior to 1977. I flew with him in VC-8 when stationed in Roosevelt Roads, PR. Great friend and family. Fairwinds and following seas."