Richard "Dick" Duplessis

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Richard J. "Dick" Duplessis
1924 - 2017
AUGUSTA - Richard J. "Dick" Duplessis, 93, died Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, at the Veterans Administration Medical and Regional Offices at Togus following a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Augusta on June 6, 1924, a son of the late Zepherin J.Z and Irene B. (Desruisseaux) Duplessis.
Mr. Duplessis was educated in the Augusta school system and was a communicant of St. Augustine Catholic Church.
In 1943, Dick joined the US Navy, serving for three years. He re-joined the Navy in 1950. In 1943, he landed in North Africa and trained with the Army Engineers. He then went to Sicily, Salenok, Italy then to England. He took part in the D-Day Invasion, landing on the beaches of Normandy, France on his birthday, June 6, 1944.
He had been employed by: E.E. Taylor Shoe Company, South Portland Shipyard, Bath Iron Works and the Augusta Police Department. Following his retirement from the Police Department, he began self employment in several business': Dick's Variety Store, a landscaping business and Dick's Sharpening Business.
Mr. Duplessis was predeceased by his wife of 48 years, Lillie L. (Lemelin) Duplessis; his daughter, Rachel M. Bumford; a brother, George Duplessis and a brother-in-law, Robert Valliere.
He is survived by his significant other, Irene Burdzel of Augusta; a brother, Donald Duplessis and his wife Priscilla of Augusta, two sisters Rita Valliere of Augusta and Christine Gay and her husband Harvard of Vassalboro; three grandsons Scott Bumford and his wife Kim of Oakland, Michael Bumford of Windsor and Jonathan Bumford and his fiancée Jen of Augusta; five great-grandchildren Michaela, Marissa, Kaylee, Kierra and Brady; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins and his best friend, Robert Lacasse of Augusta.
At his request, there will be no public visiting hours. Following cremation, a Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 11 a.m. at St. Augustine Catholic Church, Northern Ave., Augusta. Burial with military honors and committal prayers will follow at the old Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Civic Center Dr., Augusta.
Arrangements are under the care of Plummer Funeral Home, 16 Pleasant St., Augusta, ME.
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Those who desire may make
donations in Richard's name to:
Maine Children's Home for
Little Wanderers
93 Silver St.
Waterville, ME 04901

Funeral Home
Plummer Funeral Home Inc
16 Pleasant St
Augusta, ME 04330
(207) 622-9311
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Published in Central Maine on Sept. 9, 2017
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