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Veilleux Funeral Home

8 Elm Street, Waterville, ME

OBITUARY

Roland L. Duperry

February 15, 1929June 22, 2020

Winslow - Roland L. Duperry, 91, communicant of Corpus Christi Parish, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, June 22.

He was born on February 15, 1929 in Van Buren, Maine, son of Leo Duperry and Lizzie Madore. He attended schools in Van Buren, and graduated from High School in 1949.

Roland apprenticed as a Horologist (clock repair) in Van Buren and continued the business for 50 years from his home. He was a member of the American Watchmakers Institute. He moved to Waterville in 1949 and then to Winslow in 1969. He was employed by Scott Paper Company for 33 years, 25 of those in security, before retiring in 1986 as Security Chief. In 1999 he began to winter in Bradenton, Florida.

An avid card player, especially Cribbage, he never played a game he wanted to lose. His famous quote, “There are no friends in cards!” will live on forever. He especially loved teaching his grandchildren (the younger generation) the art of playing Charlemagne – a French heritage card game.

Roland married Juliette Martin (d 1988) of Waterville Maine, in 1953. He is survived by their four children: Daniel & Marla Duperry – Oakland ME; Ann Duperry & partner Carol Guerrette - Frankfurt ME; Philip & Margaret Duperry – Sarasota, FL; Richard & Joette Duperry – Portland ME and by 7 Grandchildren: Elizabeth & Jeremy Barnes; Christopher, Nicole & Mac McMurphy, Rebekah, Zachary, Hannah and Ethan and 2 Great-Grandchildren: Hunter & Quinn. He is also survived by his brothers: Kenneth & Elsie Duperry – Dallas, TX, Carlton & Jeannette Duperry – East Hartford, CT, Gene & Frances Duperry –also in Dallas, Donald (Ricky) & Lulrine Duperry – Fairfield Center ME, and by his sisters: Louella Bickford – Benton, ME, Joyce & Sam Green – Fairfield Center, Francine Duperry - Centerville, GA and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and special friend Rita St. Hillaire of Bradenton FL.

Roland is predeceased by his parents, his wife Juliette, brother Lionel Duperry – Santa Fe Springs, CA & his brother Rodney Duperry – Benton ME. The family wishes to thank Dr. Timothy Webb who was instrumental in helping us keep Dad at home and comfortable during his last couple of weeks; and to the Maine General Hospice nurses, Jessica and Lynda, who came daily to check on Dad. You are invited to offer your condolences and share fond memories with the family by visiting Roland’s guestbook at www.veilleuxfuneralhome.com. Visiting hours will be Sunday June 28th from 2:00p - 4:00pm at Veilleux and Redington Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St John church, on Monday, June 29, 10:00am. Funeral attendance will be by invitation only due to Covid-19 restrictions. Immediately following the funeral, his burial will take place in the St Francis Cemetery.

Arrangements are by Veilleux and Redington Funeral Home, 8 Elm St., Waterville, Me. 04901. (207)872-7676

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made at: give.mainegeneral.org, please specify Hospice

Services

  • Visiting Hours-Masks are required and admittance is limited

    Sunday, June 28, 2020

  • Mass of Christian Burial (By invitation)

    Monday, June 29, 2020

Memories

Roland L. Duperry

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Harvey Boatman

June 28, 2020

Roland was a great champion for health and safety at the Winslow mill. We all owe him a debt of gratitude for his service and many contributions on our behalf. Prayers of sympathy for his family but also a reflection regarding how fortunate you were to have had him as your patriarch. Blessings.

Warren Poulin

June 28, 2020

Mr. Duperry was one of the most pleasant person I ever knew, a man with integrity who was well-respected by probably every one he met. His joie de vivre and ability to be nice to others, and his role-modeling for his sons equate to a life well lived. Our condolences go out to his family.

NORMAN VEAR

June 28, 2020

Roland was one of our best friends. We go back many years and very fond memories. We kidded one another on many occasions especially in playing cards. We certainly have wonderful memories to cherish. We certainly will miss him! Norm & Julie

Jane CHENEY

June 28, 2020

Roland was a wonderful neighbor to me and my boys. Want to express my sincere condolences to his whole family. He will be missed. I pray that his family will rejoice in that he had a long and wonderful life, the support of his family and friends and the most important part, that he knew his Lord and Savior and is now with is heavenly father. God's blessings to his whole family!

Nancy Kilbourne

June 25, 2020

My mother Mary and Roland were very best friend for many years. Roland, Rita and Mom were a trio here in Bradenton, playing cards and then playing more cards, and in the earlier days, round after round of golf. Roland and I became more acquainted when I moved to Bradenton in 2004. He was like a stepdad that I didn't know I needed. His many discussions, advise and friendship helped me in many ways. We played many rounds of golf together and later talked about playing another round someday. He'd call me when he knew that Mom needed help and so I'd come in to stay. After mom passed, Roland and I would visit when he would come for winter. I would randomly call him many times a year just to visit or let him know what crazy adventure I was currently on. I am filled with gratitude for his children and that shared their loving father. I will always think of Roland as a true gentleman and my Mom's very best friend. My condolences to all Roland's family - he will be missed by his Florida family and especially me.

Maury Caron

June 25, 2020

Roland was a great friend. I met him when I worked at the Winslow Mill and really enjoyed his knowledge on clocks. I last saw him while visiting in Maine having an ice cream cone at Hamilton's in Augusta. On our 10th wedding anniversary, we purchased a grandfather clock he made. That clock is still running and has a special place in our sunroom. Whenever I look at it, it reminds me of the wonderful friend I had in Roland.

Julia Picard Anderson

June 25, 2020

Danny, Ann, Philip and Richard, I’m so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Your family was so very special to me in my teen years, and beyond.
Your Dad was wonderful to me. Your whole family was. Blackie and Heidi sure enjoyed every early morning walk., with just a whistle from your dad. Love and thanks to all of you for accepting another kid into the family.

Jim Plourde

June 25, 2020

To Roland and all the Duperry family hunters; we share many a fond memory of our hunting success and adventures in the woods; many funny stories and lots of teasing added to the joy of that wilderness experience. We will all sadly miss his presence and spirit in the coming years, but, we will surely remember of all those moments we shared with Roland. Hugs and prayers to you all.

Sharon Nielsen

June 24, 2020

Roland was always a nice gentleman . Friendly and always willing to help anyone. I watched his condo while he was in Maine.
My heartfelt thoughts to all he left behind. God Bless each of you.

YVONNE REIFSCHNEIDER

June 24, 2020

Dan, Ann, Phil, and Richard,
I was saddened to hear of Roland's passing. When I read his obituary I smiled remembering when your parents would come to our house to play cards with my parents. Sometimes it got so loud we had to close the door between the kitchen and the living room so us kids could hear the TV.

Heaven better beware because there will be a lot of card playing up there now!

My condolences to you all and your families. Hugs to you all.

FROM THE FAMILY