ALTON, MAINE -- John Frederick Dumont, 72, was granted his angel wings after an unexpected diagnosis and sudden fight with lung cancer. His final days were spent surrounded by his children, grandchildren, siblings, and other extended family members and family friends.
John was a man who was devoted to, passionate about, and more than loved his family. Nothing pleased him more than to have family gathered together to create memories by playing, eating, and telling stories. He was adamant about having family reunions, and everyone will remember the clam bakes and watermelon seed spitting contests. John was the original home movie enthusiast, and loved the digital camera technology to keep track and share his many photos and videos.
John had a "can do" spirit and zest for life. He pushed everyone around him to do their very best and to continually seek more education. He lived by the phrase, "If a job is worth doing, it is worth doing right." He was passionate about fishing, woodworking, and researching the family tree and finding relatives. A few years ago, he and his sister Emma found and visited their second cousin once removed, Paul Fogarty and his wife Maxine, in Nova Scotia, Canada.
John was born on November 20, 1936 at home in Old Town, Maine to Doris (Fogarty) Dumont, a homemaker, and Camille Dumont, a construction worker. He was the fourth of seven children; his siblings included Robert, Louis, Emma, Sonny, Jim, and Dottie. He was known as "Jackie" throughout his childhood. He attended a one-room school house up to grade two, Pea Cove School in Pea Cove, which is part of Old Town, Maine. He attended Great Works School in Great Works, also part of Old Town, Maine from grade 3-6. He attended Helen Hunt Junior High for grades 7-9 in Old Town, Maine. Upon encouragement and great need of his family, he had to quit school to help work on the family farm and log in the woods at the tender age of 14.
During his lifetime he resided in Mexico, Maine; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Cape Girardeau, Missouri. In Mexico he took many college classes, earning his GED as well as taking other courses of interest to him. He also served on the water district board and was a town selectman. His career as a foreman/supervisor took him to many construction projects throughout the state of Maine and many other states. He worked for Bridge Construction out of Augusta, Chadbourne Construction out of Bethel, and Bancroft Construction out of South Paris. He also bred labrador retrievers as a hobby.
In Hawaii John earned his real estate license and enjoyed selling property. He used his keen ability to lead others and organize projects to spend 19 years as a resident manager of luxury condominiums in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was a key force in helping organize other resident managers to form what is now the Resident Management Association of Hawaii. He was the resident manager of the Gateway Peninsula and Mt. Terrace in Hawaii Kai, the Wailana in Waikiki, and Franklin Towers in Salt Lake. He also started a group he dubbed the Salt Lake Brown Bag, which was a group of resident managers who met regularly to problem solve and share information while eating over a brown bag lunch. John enjoyed walking around Magic Island, a popular walking park. He proudly participated in the annual Great Aloha Run, an 8.15-mile foot race every year.
John retired in August of 2004 to Cape Girardeau, Missouri with his then companion, Bette Bell, to the Chateau Girardeau, a retirement community. He was immediately sought after to join the Resident’s Council. He created the White Hat Society, an offshoot of the well-known Red Hat Society. He designed and built many wooden projects, such as an intricate poker table and butterfly house for the Chateau, and many toys and puzzles for his "grands". He designed and built unique cribbage boards for his close relatives, a true family heirloom. At regularly scheduled card games, John began collecting money for each round of cards played. This money was then donated to the Chateau's staff Christmas fund, which raised about $500 yearly. He was a member of the local Rotary, and helped out with the local Boy Scouts' Soap Box Derby each year. He volunteered at the Intensive Care Unit at Southeast Missouri Hospital every week as a tribute to his late daughter, Lisa Dumont Colson.
On January 1, 1988 he married his soulmate, Anne (Stratton) Dumont in Kauai. They spent many wonderful years together in Hawaii until her passing in 1995. He is loved by his step-son Bobby and his wife Mutsumi and their children Bun, Sophia, and Will; and a step-daughter Kathy Torr and her son, Nick and his wife Lisa, and their children Juliana and Alexandria.
He is survived and forever loved by his children: son Carl Dumont and his wife Darcy of Columbia, Maine; son Kevin Dumont and wife Carmen of San Francisco, California; daughter Tammy Dumont Fisher and her husband Jim of Sabattus, Maine; daughter Tasha Dumont Purington and her husband Chris of Hickam AFB, Hawaii.
He is survived and always admired by his grandchildren who he endearingly called "his grands": Stephanie Colson; Maggie and Jack (his namesake) Dumont; Zack, Sabrina and Gabriella Fisher; Ashley, Megan, Lisa, and Emily Purington.
He is survived and cherished by his siblings: brothers Ovid "Sonny" Dumont and his wife Joanne of Howland, Maine; James "Jimmy" Dumont and his wife Donna of Old Town, Maine; foster sister Donna Perry of Florida; and his sister and best friend Emma O'Brien and her husband Ed of Meriden, Connecticut.
John is also survived by 18 nieces and nephews and many more extended family members. He was especially close with his nephew Rick Walker.
Those waiting on the shores of heaven to welcome him home were his brothers Robert and Louis Dumont; parents Camille and Doris Dumont; little sister Doris "Dottie" Cox; his soulmate Anne (Stratton) Dumont; and his daughter Lisa Dumont Colson. His favorite black lab Babe was also waiting.
Committal of ashes will be held at noon on Saturday, July 4th at the Alton Cemetery located on Bennoch Road in Alton, Maine. Friends and relatives are invited to share in a celebration of his life to be held at the Alton Municipal Building on 3352 Bennoch Road after the memorial service.
Please make a memorial gift donation to the American Cancer Society in his name with preference to cure lung cancer. Go to www.cancer.org or call 1-800-227-2345.
A donation can also be made to the Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care, 267 Finch Avenue, Meriden, Connecticut 06451. Go to www.franciscanhc.org or call 203-238-1441.
Any cards or correspondence can be mailed to: Tammy Dumont Fisher, 96 Adolph Drive, Sabattus, Maine 04280 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Condolences to the family can be made at: memorialwebsites.legacy.com/johndumont.