With profound and abiding sadness, we announce the passing of our father, Retired Captain Mike (Michel Joseph) Whitcomb who passed away July 6, 2017.Mike came into the world on February 5, 1947, the fourth of five sons born to Fred and Loria Whitcomb. Growing up in Bethlehem, NH, he spent countless hours playing, building, hunting, and fishing with his brothers. When Mike was thirteen, his mother passed away, and his family moved to Littleton, NH. He continued to work with his brothers and their dear friend, Ronnie Marvin, forever trying to perfect the “Lucky Number 13” race car. His love for stock car racing would remain constant throughout his life. In 1967, Mike began his career as a firefighter with the Littleton Fire Department. In 1969, he transferred to the Hanover Fire Department, adding paramedic services to his skillset. He spent the next twenty-seven years at HFD, leading his shift as its Captain and educating young firefighters throughout the state. Over the years, Mike proved his strength as a teacher and mentor, particularly for young people in diversion programs. He poured his heart and soul into his work - rescuing and comforting people in their hours of greatest need. All of his life, Mike had a passion and affinity for machines. During his thirty-year career as a firefighter, he also moonlighted as an auto mechanic. Following his retirement in 1996, Mike opened a small-engine repair and metal fabrication business, Call Mike. He was an expert welder, machinist, and general handyman. He could dream up and execute a solution for any mechanical problem. Some of his notable projects include victorious stock race cars, dozens of refurbished and customized machines, such as tractors and snowmobiles, a custom-built go-cart and treehouse for his children and grandchildren, and a restored 1965 Ford Mustang. When he decided to come out of retirement in 2002, Mike went to work for BELL Corporation, using his expertise in welding and management to work on the construction of DHMC’s Phase Two building project in Lebanon, NH. Later, Mike worked to complete BELL construction projects in Burlington, VT and Richmond, VA. In 2007, Mike followed his lifelong passion for trains to the Mount Washington Cog Railway, where he worked for several years with a team of engineers and fabricators, designing and building biodiesel engines and coach cars.In 1967 Mike married Sandra Greenwood in Littleton, NH. Together they had two daughters, Lisa Marie and Michelle Lee. In 1976 (and 2006) Mike married Susan Blodgett, with whom he raised two more daughters, Mary Grace and Eleanor Towle, in Lyme, NH. Late in life, Mike reconnected with a childhood friend, Sylvia Gilman Dufour, who became his constant companion and provided love and support until his passing. He was predeceased by his brothers, Gary and Fred, and leaves behind Lisa and her husband Dave, Michelle and her partner Nate, Mary and her husband Dave, and Eleanor, as well as four grandchildren, Michael, David, and Nicole by Lisa, and William by Michelle. He also predeceases his brothers and sisters-in-law, Jon and Linda of Lebanon, NH and Daniel and Maria of Thetford, VT, as well as many cherished nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews, and friends. Mike was a son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, uncle, leader, mechanic, engineer, pit crew guru, welder, punch-list curo, and first responder. He changed tires on Pit Road at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway and lobstered from the decks of the Frugal Brugal in Buzzards Bay, MA. He was a chef, an outdoor enthusiast, and an eternal kid at heart. Captain Mike Whitcomb’s legacy is one of love and public service. He was the beloved patriarch of a family that values courage, hard work, and the outdoors. He will live on in the hearts and minds of the many, many people whose lives he touched. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The Mike Whitcomb Memorial Fund to support fire and rescue services in the Upper Valley. Checks may be mailed to The Mike Whitcomb Memorial Fund, c/o Michelle Whitcomb, 27 Pleasant Street, Lyme, NH 03768.