Obituary: Emile Joseph Dumont Jr.
BOCA RATON, Fla. – Emile Joseph Dumont Jr. of Boca Raton, Fla., and formally of Brunswick and Augusta, Maine, died Dec. 27, 2022. He is survived by his wife, Carol (Bechard) Dumont, five children, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Emile was born in Augusta on January 25, 1931, the first son of Emile J. Dumont Sr. and Hilda (Dumont) Dumont. He grew up in the Sand Hill area of Augusta and had many aunts, uncles and cousins living nearby. He was very proud of his extended family and his French heritage. Due to his father’s untimely death in 1937, Emile spent his early school years at Sacred Heart Academy in Jackman, Maine. This French convent school was called a school for “Women without their Husbands”. This time away from his family was a very difficult period in his life. He returned to Augusta after a few years to complete his education.
In 1950, Emile joined the Air Force and was stationed in the Kansas City, Mo. area. There he met his future wife Janice Claire Wood. They were married on February 10, 1951, in Kansas City. Together they had five children, Raymond, John, William, Annette and Andrew. The Dumont family moved, living in Landsberg, Germany, Kansas City, Mo., Alexandria, Va., and finally Brunswick, Maine. After his discharge from the Air Force in 1954 with the rank of Technical Sargent, he returned to school to study aviation electronics. He was employed by the government in a civil service capacity for most of his career. His work for the US Navy as a P3 electronics technician at Naval Air Station Brunswick brought him to his beloved state of Maine in 1968. In 1972, Emile’s wife, Janice, died suddenly. Despite this tragedy, the family persevered. After his first four children graduated from high school in Brunswick, Emile and his youngest son moved to Bermuda where he continued his work for the Navy until his retirement in 1988.
In the spring of 1988 Emile married Carol Bechard, who was also originally from Augusta. They enjoyed 34 years of marriage, first living in Portsmouth, NH, and then moving to Boca Raton, where they resided until his death. Karol’s devotion to Emil was a blessing not only to him, but also to his children. She stayed by his side for 34 years, her love, sense of humor, patience and devotion enriched his life.
One of Emile’s greatest pleasures was attending his children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events. He was an avid supporter of organized sports and could often be seen on the sidelines cheering them on. In his retirement years, he enjoyed golf and downhill skiing, which he continued into his eighties!
Emile is survived not only by his wife Carol, but also by his five children, Raymond and his wife Saundra of Independence, Mo., John and his wife Stephanie of Bailey Island, William and his wife Sara of Dallas, Texas , Annette (Dumont) Heideman and her husband Don of Boise, Idaho, Andrew and his wife Lisa of Charleston, SC. In addition, he is survived by eight grandchildren, Brett (Pamela) Dumont, Emily Dumont (Keith) Harmon, Melissa Carlman (John) Cannon, Derek Carlman, Eric (partner Crystal) Heideman, Courtney Dumont, John Heideman and Christopher Dumont. He also had five great-grandchildren, Alexandra Dumont, Tristan Dumont, Cooper Heideman, Carson Heideman and Sierra Harmon.
Emile is also survived by his brother Kenneth Dumont and his sister Nancy Bechard; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his sister, Gerine Reagan..
Burial will be in the spring at St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery in Brunswick, Maine. A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.
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