LONGMEADOW - Donald Richard Dupré, Esq., CPA, 86, died at his home Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, surrounded by his loving family.
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Born Oct. 11, 1927, in Worcester, he was the son of Ralph and Cecile (Lucier) Dupre. Donald was a graduate of Classical High School in Springfield, and went on to attend Bentley School of Accounting in Boston. He then received a bachelor's of business administration and bachelor of law degree in 1956 and 1962 respectively from Western New England College.
He was appointed to the Evening Division faculty at WNEC in 1962. He was a World War II United States Coast Guard veteran and a U.S. Army combat veteran of the Korean War, serving as a tank commander in the 70th Battalion, 1st Calvary. He was a recipient of the Purple Heart, Korean Service Medal with two Bronze Stars, U.N. Service Medal, and Army of Occupation (Japan) Medal.
He began a 36 year career in public accounting in 1954 with Hitchcock and Company in Springfield, which through mergers became KPMG Peat Marwick LLP. He was named a partner in 1964 and managing partner of the Springfield firm in 1976, retiring in 1988.
After retirement, he served as a legal and business consultant to various organizations which included Past President-Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants from 1972 to 1973, chairman of the Board of Directors at Holyoke Hospital, corporate and trustee of the Hampden Bank of Springfield, trustee of the College of Our Lady of the Elms, trustee of Holyoke Community College, director and treasurer of the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce and he served on the Board of Directors of Public Television WGBH in Boston and its affiliate WGBY in Springfield. He later served as director, treasurer, and chief financial officer of the New England Fidelity Insurance Company. In addition, Donald's many memberships included Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Massachusetts and Hampden County Bar Associates, Lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus, past Grand Knight of the Gaspar Bertoni Council, Springfield. He was a member and past president of both the Colony Club of Springfield, and the Longmeadow Country Club.
Donald was a communicant of St. Mary's Church in Longmeadow and volunteered as a financial consultant at the church.
He is survived by his loving wife Gloria (Brunner) Collins Dupré; his devoted children William R. Dupré and his wife Beth (McCauley) of Northampton, Dr. Madeleine A. Dupré and her partner Pamela S. DuBose of Massanutten, Va., Kenneth P. Dupré and his wife Karen (Pendergast) of Easthampton; his grandchildren Anne E. Carmichael and husband Mackenzie, Kara R. Dupré, Taylor M. Dupré, and Kaitlin D. Taylor and husband Seth; his great-grandchildren Molly and Brennan Taylor; his step-children Patricia Butler of Peconic, N.Y., Kathleen Sullivan of Nantucket, James Collins of West Springfield, and Beth Collins of Wayne, N.J.; along with several step-grand and great-grandchildren.
Sadly, he was predeceased by his wives Esther V. (Taylor) Dupré in 1965, and Mary H. (McNulty) Dupré in 1997, his daughter Jacqueleine in 1959, son Donald R. Dupré in 1984, and brother Norman C. Dupré in 2012.
The family would like to extend heartfelt appreciation to the wonderful caregivers, Pat Cabana, Kathy Winiewicz, and Mary Szczebak.
Calling hours are Friday from 3 to 6 p.m.
The funeral for Donald will be held Saturday at 8:45 a.m. from Tazzini Funeral Home with a funeral mass at 10 a.m. in St. Mary's Church, Longmeadow. Burial with full military honors will follow in Longmeadow Cemetery.
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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Nov. 26, 2013