SOUTHBRIDGE — Paul L.Dumas, 91, passed away Friday, Feb. 23, at the Southbridge Rehab & Health Care Center. He is survived by his beloved wife of 68 years, Claude (Savaria), and sister Theresa St. Martin. He leaves his son Edward G. Dumas of Florida, and daughter Jeanne Bridgeo, and her spouse David of Southbridge; 4 grandchildren, Ben Bridgeo and wife Kim, Danielle Phillips and husband John, Joe and Sarah Dumas; 2 great grandchildren, Ava and JJ Phillips. He is predeceased by his parents Alfred and Idola (Martin)Dumas; brothers Edward, George and Armand.
Paul was a life long resident of Southbridge. He graduated from Cole Trade High School and proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps. After the service he perused his trade as a machinist for Hyde Manufacturing before his career as a Letter Carrier for the United States Postal Service. He was dedicated to his Postal Union as Shop Steward for many years.
He was a member of Boy Scouts of America and served as Scout Master for Troop 160 for several years. Paul devoted many years as an assistant Little League coach, assistant Youth Soccer coach and for more 20 years as assistant varsity golf coach at Southbridge High School under Peter Frey. Together they developed some of the best golf teams in Southbridge High School history. Paul’s passion was golf. He was especially proud of his enshrinement into the Cohasse Country Club “Flight Of Honor”. More importantly he treasured the life long friendships he made with fellow members,staff and the young men who passed through the SHS golf program.
Paul shared a special relationship with his fellow proud Marine and life long buddy “Gerry” Durocher, the Durocher family, the Pilott’s and the Jalbert’s. The “Four Couples” spent many a Saturday night and vacations together.
Paul loved agronomy, metal works, and was a true craftsman who spent countless hours tinkering in his workshops. He will be remembered by everyone who met him as “Pep”, a loving name given to him because he loved nothing more in this world than being a grandfather.
The family would like to thank the loving, compassionate, caring staff at Southbridge Rehab.
The Funeral Mass will be held at 11AM, on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at Notre Dame Church, 446 Main Street, Southbridge, MA 01550. Burial will follow at St. George Cemetery, Paige Hill Road, Southbridge, MA 01550. A calling hour will be held from 9:30-10:30AM, at the funeral home prior to the Mass. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Saint John Paul II Parish, 279 Hamilton Street, Southbridge, MA 01550.
Funeral arrangements are under the care of Sansoucy Funeral Home, 40 Marcy Street, Southbridge, MA 01550