FAIRFIELD – Albert Joseph Duguay died on March 28, 2022 at the age of 96. Third child, born 13 years old, to John Baptist and Anne (Joseph) Duguay on February 28, 1926.
After leaving high school to serve his country, he enlisted in the United States Navy during World War II. After an honorable discharge, he returned home and married Antoinette Turmelle on October 28, 1950. Together they had six children.
Al was a communicator for Corpus Christi Parish, Immaculate Heart of Mary and St. John the Baptist Church. Al was a proud member of Knights of Columbus #11303, American Legion Post #5, Blessed Sacrament Board of Trustee, etc.
Dad returned to earn his HS degree at age 66 and continued to attend college at Augusta University. He placed great emphasis on the education of all of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was employed by the construction union for many years and retired from the USPS in 1984.
Al had many “self-taught skills”; carpenter, plumber, electrician, car mechanic, painter, roofer, driver, gardener, cook, guitarist and writer. He rebuilt our mother’s farmhouse wall by wall and with continuous maintenance, for over 70 years, maintained its beauty. Dad had many projects going on, so when he couldn’t find the right tool or nail, he would go down to the basement because he knew he had all these items somewhere… IN A BOX!
Ever since the lottery started, he would buy his Mega-Million and Power ball tickets, no frills, faithfully. He said if he ever won, he would make sure all the kids’ college education was paid for. Being one of the eldest sons, he arranged for part of his service check to go to his mother, to help her with all of her siblings. Dad loved hopping in his car, picking up blueberry and cream filled donuts at Hillmans Bakery, and touring seeing his favorite people in town to share a donut and a story.
He loved all of God’s creatures, building hotels and gardens for the birds in his garden. He was whistling many bird calls swinging on his deck swing.
At the time, he was a very good athlete and played semi-professional football, he liked to drive the “green hornet” and loved to go dancing. Moving furniture in the annex, which he and mum built, so they can dance and also teach us the kids. There were always gatherings of family and friends, music, food and laughter in the house. The door was always open and was a safe and warm place for anyone who entered.
Not only was he a devoted Catholic, but a dedicated and proud Veteran and Democrat! A thrill was when he and mom went to the JFK and Bill Clinton conventions. He loved debates and was an advocate for his fellow union members and traveled anywhere to make sure their voices were heard. We think that’s what kept him alive!
Al was involved in community projects. Working alongside his fellow knights on a fish chowder night, organizing basketball fundraisers, helping organize the painting of the city’s fire hydrants, building the park gazebo, ringing the Christmas bell for the Salvation Army, handing out poppies on Remembrance Day to name just a few. His favorite was helping his beloved friends at the Blessed Sacrament. Al loved God, his family, the people and his community!
He was predeceased by his parents; brothers Don (Lillian), Eddie, Omar, Babe (Norma), sisters Evelyn Morneau (Leo), Jean Carey (Harold), Van Peters (Lee), BIL; Chip Plant, Bob Turmelle (Dot); SIL: Katherine Duguay, Cécile Gagnon, Judith Turmelle; and great-grandson Nathan.
He is survived by his wife, Toni of 71; five daughters, #1 Vicki Goodwin (Steven) of Buxton, #2 Patricia Dustin (Gary) of Waterville, #3 Laurie Byrne (Jim) of Winslow, #4 Leslie DuVall of Winslow, #5 Melodie Furbush (Randy) of Oakland , and son #6 Michael Duguay (Victoria) of Waterville; grandchildren, Barret Fortier (Bill), Travis Dustin (Sarah), Brooke Dillon, Cierra McLaughlin (Michael), Taylor Byrne (Sarah), Adam DuVall (Justine), Lindsey Nichols (Nate), Katie Furbush, Chad Furbush (Kristina ), Kirt Furbush (Mélissa), Sage Chartier (Justin), Chase Duguay; great-grandchildren, Aiden, Sam, Quinn Fortier; Riley, Joshua, Rianne Dustin; Nealey, Baylee Dillon; Kalli, Kendall, Cameron DuVall; Alexis Gibson, Anthony Sproul; Sawyer, Evelyn Byrne; Dominique Furbush, Joshua Zinkovitch; and great-great-grandson Mason Lambert; his brothers, Joseph, John (Nancy), Larry (Faye) and his sisters, Theresa Plant, Lorraine Reny (Don), SIL, Julie Thomas, Jeanette Michaud; and several nephews, nieces and cousins.
Special thanks to Shane Savage R. Ph., Dr. Jarrod Ferrara who made sure he always had a heart, Dr. Sean McGarr who helped him survive esophageal cancer and especially Dr. Carolyn Pece of VA Togus. Our father had a lot of esteem and respect for your knowledge, your professionalism and the personal care that has always been given to him.
Family and friends are invited to attend a Christian Burial Mass at St. John the Baptist Church, 26 Monument Street, Winslow, ME to be celebrated Saturday, June 18, 2022 at 11 a.m. with lunch to follow. . The Navy Honors will be held at the Maine Veterans Memorial, 143 Blue Star Ave., Augusta, on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at 2 p.m.
Dad’s last words to his family: I love you, I love you all, I love you all, I’ll see you in heaven!
Arrangements under the direction and care of Dan & Scott’s Cremation & Funeral Service, 445 Waterville Road, Skowhegan ME 04976.
Instead of flowers,
donations can be made to:
101 silver street
Waterville, Maine 04901
Obituary: Daniel L. Duperry