Roland R. Dumas

Roland R. Dumas, age 97, of Fairhaven, formerly of Mattapoisett and New Bedford, passed away Tuesday, June 4, 2013. He was the husband of Yvonne (Caissie) Leblanc and the late Edna (Brasseur) Dumas.

Born in New Bedford, he was the son of the late Louis and Orephise (Trahan) Dumas. Mr. Dumas served in the US Navy during WWII and later became the owner and proprietor of Roland’s Markets, retiring in 1980.

He was the past President of the New Bedford Grocer Association. He was also an avid square dancer and enjoyed boating and fishing.

The family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to those at the Atria in Fairhaven for the care Roland received and a special thanks to Luisa for all that she did.

Besides his wife he is survived by three sons, Robert Dumas and his wife Helen of S. Dartmouth, Marcel Dumas and his wife Michelle of Smithfield, RI and Normand Dumas and his wife Ines of Colorado; three daughters, Rolande Gordon-Keopke and her husband Richard of Mashpee, Suzanne Rodrigues and her husband Robert of Popano Beach Gardens, Florida and Michelle Forand and her husband Steven of New Bedford; step-daughter, Aimee Marx; two brothers, Laurier “Rudy” and Ronald Dumas; fifteen grandchildren; twenty great grandchildren; one step-grandson and several nieces and nephews.

He was also the father of the late Jean Paul Dumas and Paulette Dumas.

His funeral will be held Monday, June 10, 2013 at 8 AM from the ROCK Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd., followed by his funeral mass at 9 AM in St. Mary’s Church, 440 Main St., Fairhaven, Burial with military honors will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Visiting hours, Sunday 4-7 PM. Memorial contributions in his honor may be made to Community Nurse & Hospice Care, P.O. Box 751, Fairhaven, MA 02719.

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