SKOWHEGAN -- Bertrand Albert Dumais passed away peacefully at his winter residence in Scarborough, surrounded by his immediate family. Bert succumbed to an acute form of leukemia against which he battled to give us 28 bonus and blessed months of his precious life.
Bert was born in Livermore Falls on Oct. 15, 1928. He attended schools in Livermore Falls and later went to what was then known as Farmington State Teachers College, in Farmington. During his college career, he moved with his family to California, where he attended Long Beach State from 1947 to 1948. He later returned to Maine and graduated from Farmington with a degree in education in 1949. He enlisted in the 101st Airborne Division as an infantryman in 1949. He was deployed to Korea during the Korean conflict from 1949 to 1951.
Bert married the love of his life, Earlene Ann Adams, in March 1952. They recently celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary with their family at the home of their daughter, Julie.
In 1953, Bert and Earlene settled in Skowhegan, where Bert began a lifelong career in education and community service. Bert's first teaching position was as a mathematics and science teacher at Skowhegan Junior High School. During his time as a teacher in the 1950s, Bert served as an assistant varsity football and assistant varsity basketball coach at Skowhegan High School. In 1961 Bert took a position at Skowhegan High School as a mathematics teacher. In 1966 he was named the school's assistant principal, a position he held for 22 years until he retired in 1988.
1953 was a momentous year for Bert, as it also marked the beginning of a dedicated 36-year career as an official at the Skowhegan State Fair. Bert served as the organization's superintendent of tickets until he served as the fair's general manager from 1981 until he resigned in 1989.
Bert had many other vocations and passions during his very active life. He was an accomplished butcher, a trade he learned as a youngster working at his dad's grocery store during World War II. He was a member of the Maine Principals' Association, he was a high school football official and he served as an officer of the Central Maine Football Officials Association.
Retirement from his education career didn't slow Bert down. During the summers, he was a clubhouse manager for 20 years at his beloved Lakewood Golf Course. He also played weekly golf tournaments in the Central Maine Seniors Golf Association with his foursome. During the winters, Bert and Earlene lived in Jekyll Island, Ga., where they golfed, biked, explored the beach, entertained family and volunteered at the local hospital.
He was predeceased by his son Peter Earl; his parents, Laura and Joseph Ernest Dumais; his sisters Annette Hoag and Claire Russell; and his brother Bernard Dumais.
He is survived by his wife, Earlene; his children Jeffrey Lynn Dumais and wife Julie Harrison, Brian Peter Dumais, Julie Ann Dumais-Dore and husband Larry, and Laurie Ellen and husband Larry Palow, of Windham; his sisters, Ernestine Ohler, of Augusta, Eloise Gravel, of Livermore Falls, Camille "Mimi" Brown and her husband, Jim, of Albuquerque, N.M.; his sister-in law Mary Ellen Coughlan, of Foxboro, Mass.; his nine grandchildren, Jacqueline Dore, of New York City, Peter Dore, of Scarborough, Michael Palow, of Portland, Danielle and Elliot Dumais, of Scarborough, Eliza and Derek Palow, of Windham, Madeleine Dumais, of Seattle, Wash., and Julia Lauren, of Littleton, Colo.; and more than a dozen nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Bert's life will be held at Smart & Edwards Funeral Home, 183 Madison Ave., Skowhegan, from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 26. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, at Notre Dame de Lourdes Catholic Church on Water Street in Skowhegan.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make a donation in Bert's name to Hospice of Southern Maine, 180 U.S. Route 1, Suite One, Scarborough, ME 04074.
The family would like to thank The Maine Cancer Center Nurses and Dr. Helen Ryan, as well as Hospice of Southern Maine, for their kindness and caring during Bert's illness.