Joseph Valeda “George” Dumas, 95, Whitefield, died on Monday, March 13, at his home with his daughter and son in-law by his side. George was born January 22, 1928, in Berlin, NH, the 4th son of Alphonse and Celina (Baillargeon) Dumas. He attended C.D. McIntyre School in Whitefield, NH, and has lived in Whitefield most of his life. On September 8, 1951, he married Carlene Joyce Martin of Littleton, NH, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. They lived in Littleton a year before moving to Whitefield. He worked for the town of Whitefield for about 10 years after Mellon-Quincy Co. burned in 1954. He then worked at Nuroco Woodworking Company building cabinets and learning Formica work. He went on to work at M-BLT Corp. in Twin Mountain, NH. He then worked as a carpenter for Robert Murray, for Clare Packard Construction and then his son Charles Packard until his retirement in 1992. He had a special talent working with wood and enjoyed it immensely, making crafts, etc. He loved being outdoors using his tractor and believed “If you don’t work every day, it was a lost and wasted day”. George was a communicant of St. Matthews Catholic Church in Whitefield which was later changed to Gates of Heaven Parish. George was a very special person, loveable, good natured, friendly and helpful to everyone and will be missed by many. He was a loving, devoted caregiver to his wife for many years who predeceased him July 29, 2014. Also going before him was his daughter Linda Dumas Poulin, three brothers, Romeo, Henry, and Wilfred Dumas; two sisters, Dora Bourassa, Irene Bourassa, one niece and one nephew.
He leaves behind his beloved daughter, Donna and husband John Tholl Jr., Whitefield, three grandchildren, Dawn Marie (Tholl) Laleme and husband Douglas Laleme, Bethlehem, John F. Tholl II and wife Nicole, Littleton, and Bernard Poulin, Concord. Five great grandchildren, Eric Tholl, Dylan Laleme, Emily Tholl, Mia and Emma Rafuse, one great great grandson Jace Laleme, a sister Doris Whitcomb, Whitefield, sister in-law Lillian Anderson, Nashua, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian burial will take place on Friday, March 24, 11:30 AM, at the St. Matthews Catholic Church, Whitefield, with Father Britto officiating. A graveside service will be held on Friday, May 19, 1:00 PM at the St. Matthews Catholic Cemetery. Donations may be made in George’s memory to North Country Home Health & Hospice, 536 Cottage Street, Littleton, NH, 03561 https://northcountryhomehealth-hospice.org/donate/ or Whitefield Fire Rescue, 48 Littleton Road, Whitefield, NH, 03598.
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