Robert Arthur Dupre, age 86, of Hebron, passed away at home with his wife Bev at his side, on Thursday, November 28, 2019. Born January 24, 1933 in Putnam, he was a son of the late Ernest Joseph and Diana (Plasse) Dupre. Bob was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and attended St. Mary’s Parochial Elementary School and Putnam High School. In 1967, Bob married his beloved wife, Beverly Maryann (Damm). The couple moved to Hebron in 1971, raising their family there. While working full time and supporting his family, Bob graduated from Manchester Community College, with an Associates degree in respiratory therapy.
Bob was a proud Navy veteran who served our country during the Korean War. He was a member of the American Legion, Post 95, in Hebron. He worked for Pratt and Whitney Aircraft for 38 years until his retirement. Bob enjoyed giving back and serving others, and was honored in 1992 by P&WA for his many years of community service and leadership to Hebron Boy Scout Troop 28 and Explorer Post.
Bob was a lifelong outdoorsman. He enjoyed years of adventures, fishing, hunting, hiking, canoeing, and camping with friends and family throughout New England and Canada. Bob instilled his love of nature in both his children. After numerous hiking trips with the Hebron Explorer Post, Bob and his son became members of the Appalachian Mountain 4,000 Footer Club. At the age of 70, he climbed his last 4,000 foot mountain with his daughter.
Bob was always very handy and enjoyed working on various projects including planting every tree in his yard, building an addition on his home, and completing numerous community service projects with the scouts. Throughout his retirement, Bob traveled extensively throughout the US with his family especially enjoying the wonders of the US National Parks. He stayed connected with old friends by attending many PHS reunions. Bob enjoyed meeting friends daily for breakfast in Hebron. He also enjoyed sitting in his favorite chair reading and watching the wildlife in his own backyard. Bob loved all animals and had many pets over the years but he was deeply attached to his golden retriever, Jake.
Most importantly, Bob will be remembered as a devoted and loving husband, father, and grandfather. He will be forever loved and missed by his wife of over 52 years, Beverly; son, Daniel (Beth) Dupre, of Marlborough; daughter, Judith Dupre (Aaron Schaeffer), of Arlington, VA; sisters, Pauline LaPlante, of Sunrise, FL and Ann Desantis, of Wallkill, NY; grandson, Austin; honorary grandsons, Tim and Paul along with their mother, Marie; caregiver, Jhonny; as well as numerous extended family and friends.
In addition to both of his parents, Bob was predeceased by siblings, Madeline, Sylvia and Raymond Dupre; and his brother-in-law, Robert Desantis.
Special thanks to doctors Brodie, Goetz, Korkmaz, Reale, and Carta as well as the staff at Masonicare for their care and compassion.
Calling hours will be held Thursday, December 5th from 4-6pm at Aurora-McCarthy Funeral home, 167 Old Hartford Rd., Colchester. On Friday, December 6th there will be calling hours from 9-10am at the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30am at St. Columba Church in Columbia followed by military honors. Burial will take place on Saturday, December 7th at 10am in the Connecticut State Veterans’ Cemetery in Middletown.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Hebron Volunteer Fire Department 44 Main St. Hebron, CT 06248. For online condolences, visit www.auroramccarthyfuneralhome.com
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