FRENCHVILLE – O’neil J. Dumais, 89, died peacefully surrounded by his family Sept. 19, 2013, at a Madawaska health care facility. He was born Feb. 15, 1924, in Keegan, the son of George and Laura ‘Raymond’ Dumais.
At 16, O’neil joined the CCC’s, Civil Conservation Corps, He was a World War II veteran serving in the U.S. Army as part of the 150 Corps of Army Combat Engineers Co. B. He was a recipient of the Purple Heart and member of the American Legion Post 145 of Frenchville for 39 years. As a young man O’neil enjoyed fishing, hunting, picking fiddleheads, hazelnuts and many hours playing cards, especially Charlemagne. He was an avid Red Sox fan and loved his scratch tickets, enjoying these last two activities until the very end.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Rolande; and their nine children and spouses; two sons, Real and Debbie, and Lloyd and Tamma; seven daughters, Jackie Ecker, Claudette and Rene Bernier, Claire and Frank Colgan, Noella and Willy Mills, Lisa and Paul Simmons, Doreen and Kevin McDaniel, and Carmen and Richard Sirois; 15 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and five siblings, Anita, Regina, Gerard, Romeo, and Roland. He was predeceased by three sisters, Therese, Rinette, and Verna; and two brothers, Ronaldo and Reginald.
Friends and relatives may call 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, and 9-9:45 a.m. Monday, Sept. 23, at Michaud Funeral Home, Frenchville. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. at St. Luce Catholic Church, with the Rev. Kent Ouellette officiating and with Military Honors. For those who desire, donations may be may to the American Heart Association; or a charity of your choice. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to www.michaudfuneralhomes.com.