Gary R. Newcomb
Maryland Licensed Mortician and Funeral Director
Mr. Gary R. Newcomb is a Maryland professional licensed funeral director and mortician with over 35 years experience in the funeral service industry. He is the President, Owner, and Supervising Mortician of Newcomb and Collins Funeral Home, P.A.
Mr. Newcomb began his career in mortuary science in July, 1975, at the Curran Funeral Home, as an assistant and funeral attendant under the direction of Mr. Raymond J. Curran, Sr. In 1984 he began studies to become an embalmer and funeral director at the Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville campus. He has been licensed by the State of Maryland since 1988.
His entire adult life has been spent in caring compassionately and tirelessly for the departed loved ones of members of our community at several of the area's funeral homes in preparation for their final memorial. In 1986 he began employment with the Thomas Funeral Home in Cambridge.
In his long career as a licensed funeral director and mortician for the State, Mr. Newcomb has skillfully provided dignified and exceptional care and assisted more than 5000 families during their time of loss and mourning.
Early in 2011, Mr. Newcomb and Ms. Collins began negotiations with the owner of Curran Bromwell Funeral Home, Mrs.Colleen Curran-Bromwell, regarding the possibility of purchasing the funeral home from her. The transaction was finalized in December, 2011, and the funeral home became known as Newcomb and Collins Funeral Home, P.A.
Mr. Newcomb had served as Manager of the Municipal Utilities Commission of the City of Cambridge. He had been employed with the city since 1975 before retiring in 2012.
A lifelong county resident, growing up on a farm in Southern Dorchester County, Mr. Newcomb chose mortuary science because of his long held interest since youth in biological sciences. Presently he resides in Woolford with his faithful and devoted Rottweiler companion, Velma. Mr. Newcomb has a daughter, Melissa Newcomb Thomas who with her husband Cody have blessed him with two granddaughters, Stella Jane Thomas and Madeline Reed Thomas, who are the joy of his life. His family has always been of utmost priority to him, and he remains a devoted son to his mother, and close to his two surviving brothers. In recent years he has mourned the passings of his father and older brother.
In his spare time, Mr. Newcomb enjoys utilizing his fine carpentry skills on improving his home, and journeying to unknown destinations on his Harley. For many years he played basketball for various county adult industrial and church leagues which earned him the nickname of "Nuke". He continues to have a passion for college basketball and avidly follows the Terps, North Carolina, and Duke on to the road leading up to the Final Four. He enjoys virtually all music, but most especially that of Van Morrison.
Presently, Mr. Newcomb is a member of the B.P.O.E. Lodge #1272. He is also a long standing member of the Delmarva Funeral Service Association (DFSA) and the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA). He also is a member of St. John's United Methodist Church in Golden Hill.