LEO JAMES ‘JOE’ DUMOND

Posted Sept. 25, 2008, at 11:19 p.m.

LEO JAMES ‘JOE’ DUMOND VAN BUREN – Leo J. “Joe” Dumond, 75, died unexpectedly May 14, 2004, at a Bangor hospital. He was born Sept. 4, 1928, in Cyr Plantation, the son of Isidore and Mattie (Madore) Dumond. Joe worked as a potato farmer for several years and then became self-employed as a construction contractor and heavy equipment operator. He attended local schools and was a graduate of Van Buren Boys High School. He was very active in his community as member of the Van Buren Fire Department for more than 40 years, and also served on the Van Buren Planning Board for many years. Joe was also a member of the Fourth Degree Assembly of the Knights of Columbus Council 1635. He was a former member of the Van Buren Lions Club and the Van Buren Chamber of Commerce. One of his greatest joys was working for the Gateway Snowmobile Club in Van Buren. He was one of the original members and was instrumental in establishing and grooming snowmobile trails in northern Maine. He was known as the “No. 1 Trail Boss” as he used a Tucker Sno-Cat to maintain what is now part of the ITS trail system in northern Maine. Joe is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Joan (Ayotte) Dumond of Van Buren; five sons, Douglas Dumond and his wife, Linda, Joey Dumond and companion, Lyla Ouellette, Ricky Dumond and his wife, Lynn, all of Van Buren; Ralph Dumond of Deltona, Fla.; Kenneth Dumond and his wife, Donna, of Gardner; one daughter, Sue Ouellette of Van Buren; three brothers, Donald Dumond and Ronald “Jim” Dumond, both of Van Buren, Roderick Dumond of Hermon; four sisters, Robertine Lachance of Bangor, Mildred Munson of Presque Isle, Jacqueline Demers of New Hampshire, and Verna Dumond of Biddeford; one stepbrother, Percy Labreck of Connecticut; 15 grandchildren; and one great-grandson. He was predeceased by a brother, Stacy Dumond; and by a sister, Frances Levasseur. Relatives and friends may call 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. on Sunday and from 9 a.m. until time of service on Monday at the Ouellette-Thibault Funeral Home, 12 High St., Van Buren. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday at the St. Bruno-St. Remi Catholic Church. Committal service and interment will be in the parish cemetery. Those who wish may contribute in his memory to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, New England Affiliate, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701-4688.

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