David R. Ault

WAYNE – David R. Ault in his own words has gone to start a new adventure, departing from home on Morrison Heights in Wayne, Maine, on May 8, 2022, following emergency surgeries in Florida where he and his wife went for Red Sox Spring Training. Courageously facing death and yearning to breathe Maine air he was taken home by medically equipped jet and surrounded by family and friends. David was born in Lewiston, Maine, March 6, 1935, to Ruth and Charles Ault, growing up in Cushman Place in Auburn and Morrison Heights in Wayne. His childhood was spent with summer friends around Androscoggin Lake and carrying out farm chores year round. He attended schools in Wayne and Winthrop, graduated from Gould Academy in 1953, and went to Bates College until he was accepted at the United States Naval Academy. A member of the notorious USNA class of 1958 known for its “58 is Great” motto he proudly counted John McCain among his classmates. Following graduation he married his first wife Maja Jenny and entered the aerospace industry working on the Boeing CIM-10 BoMarc, at Vandenberg Air Force Base where he witnessed the Minute Men Missiles being turned toward Russia during the Cuban Missile crisis, and on Wernher von Braun’s Saturn V Project that would take men to the moon. He entered politics on returning to Wayne, coming in second in the 1970 primary for the First Congressional District and serving 12 years in the State Legislature, the last four as Senator Ault. Inspired by son Chrissie he shepherded a bill into law that made Maine the first state in the nation to require and fund appropriate educational services for every handicapped child. He served Wayne as Selectman and Town Moderator, managed field offices for U.S. Senator Bill Cohen, and worked for BIW in Maine, New York City, New Brunswick, and Washington, D.C. David retired to spend more time on saving and restoring antique cars, acquiring 54 in his lifetime including several Stanley Steamers and an L-29 Cord. Although more a fan of the Boston Braves until their 1953 move he also spent more time following the Red Sox, continuing to renovate homes and camps, and doing landscape architecture behind the house. He globetrotted with his second wife, Norine, seeing among many wonders the Pyramids, Victoria Falls, the Normandy beaches, Mountain Gorillas, the Great Wall of China, the Blarney Stone, the Serengeti, Okavango Delta, Cook Mountain, Tuscany, the Loire Valley, the Acropolis, the Blue Mosque, the Danube, Notre Dame and the Old Bailey. David was predeceased by his son Christian Wayne, his parents, and his siblings Mary, Jane, John, Robert, Richard, Ruth, and James. He is survived by his wife and best friend of over 40 years Norine Jewell; siblings, Peter and Sara; daughter Kathy Abbruzzese and husband Chris, and daughter Leslie Manning; grandchildren, Kelsey Ryan and husband Glen, Jesse Abbruzzese and companion Christina, Teo Abbruzzese and wife Sam, Sarah Manning, and Isabelle Manning; his great-grandsons, Patrick, Nico, Jack, Sterling, and Stetson David; former wife, mother of his children and friend Maja Ault; and many beloved nieces and nephews. A gathering will be held later to toast David and laugh at shared memories. He loved cats – those he saw in Africa and the ones in the barn. Arrangements are in the care of Roberts Funeral Home, 62 Bowdoin St. Winthrop, where memories, condolences and photos may be shared with the family at http://www.khrfuneralhomes.com.Donations may be made to the PALS cat shelter in Winthrop or to Androscoggin Home Healthcare and Hospice which supported David’s peaceful departure.

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