Instructed National Champion Color Guard
Gary H. Dumond, age 70, of North East, Pa., passed away on Monday, May 26, 2014, at UMPC Hamot.
Gary was born in Erie, Pa., on March 18, 1944, the son of the late Charlene Trost Dumond and H. Ralph Dumond.
He was preceded in death by his wife Vivian Triana Dumond on June 23, 2001, and brothers Donald R. Dumond and Jon C. Dumond.
He was married on July 24, 2004 to Cheryl Deforce Cenfetelli.
He is survived by his wife Cheryl Dumond, daughter Rachelle McFeely and husband Scott of North East, sons, James Helffrich of North East, John Helffrich (Lori) of North East, Cara Cenfetelli (Philip) of Pittsburgh, Scott Cenfetelli of Kansas City, Mo., brother Thomas DuMond (Janet) of North East, sister-in-law Kay DuMond of Pensacola, Fla., grandchildren Kayla McFeely, Tyler, Caite, and Kyle Helffrich, Zachary and Anthony Cenfetelli, also Jeremy, Justin and Joshua Cenfetelli, beloved niece Leanne DiNicola, and several other nephews and nieces.
Gary was an active member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church.
He was a Vietnam Era Veteran
and was a Life Member and Past Commander of American Legion Post 105, Past Erie County American Legion Commander, member of Loyal Order of Moose
, St. Joseph Club, 28 Infantry Division Association, 112th Infantry Regiment Association, Am Vets Post 868, Brocton, N.Y., and Royal Canadian Legion Branch 17, Thorold, Ontario, Canada.
He organized, commanded and instructed the Imperial Knights Color Guard to seven National Championships, 16 PA State Championships and three Canadian/American International Championships. He went on to command the Lakeshoremen Color Guard of Post 105. Gary was one of three organizers of the famous North East Shoreliners Drum & Bugle Corps in the '60s. He was a Drum Major of the World Champion Thunderbirds Drum & Bugle Corps, in 1966 and 2004.
In later life, Gary enjoyed his quiet time at home and liked to travel. His favorite destination was Orlando, Fla. He loved his flower and vegetable gardens and was an avid supporter of the Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres and Alabama Crimson Tide. Gary had a passion for cooking and was instrumental in organizing the kitchen and training Chefs at Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 2568 in North East.
Retired after 20 years with the Thomas J. Lipton Company, he went on to own and operate Gary & Viv's Little Grocer in North East. Not one to stop working, he was Sales Manager of the A.D. Bedell Company for seven years, was Regional Sales Manager for Better Baked Foods, Director of Sales for Tripifoods in Buffalo, Sales Representative for BakeMark USA, and was looking forward to being Sales Manager for Rae Foods in Westfield, N.Y., with his daughter.
Friends may call at the William D. Elkin Funeral Home, 65 South Lake Street, North East, on Thursday 2-4 and 7-9, and are invited to a funeral service on Friday at 2:00 p.m., at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 1500 Freeport Road, North East, PA 16428. Officiating will be Vicar Matthew Dennison. Full Military Honors will be conducted by Lake Shore Post 105, American Legion, North East, Pa., at St. Gregory Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Peter's Lutheran Church, or www.woundedwarriorproject.org
. Please send condolences to elkinfh.com
Published in the Erie Times-News from May 28 to May 29, 2014