Joseph Charles Dulac, 88, of Plainville, passed away on Nov. 27, 2012, at Apple Rehab, Plainville. He now joins his beloved wife of 60 years, Dorothy, who predeceased him in 2005.
Born in Bristol on Sept. 3, 1924, Joseph was one of four children to the late Edmund and Corinne (Pelletier) Dulac. A lifelong resident, he graduated from Plainville High School where he excelled at baseball and shared in the state championship basketball game in 1943. He married his childhood sweetheart and neighbor Dorothy in 1946, residing and raising their family of three on the same street where they met and grew up. Joseph proudly served his country during W.W. II in the U.S. Navy
aboard the U.S.S. Midway. Upon his discharge, he returned home and began his career at G.E., from where he retired in 1985 after 37 years. A sports enthusiast, Joe won many trophies in both bowling and golf. He bowled a perfect 300 game and achieved two holes in one as a golfer. He was also a die-hard Red Sox fan, delighting in their World Series wins. A man of great faith, he attended church and said the rosary daily, and was a lifelong member and generous supporter of Our Lady of Mercy Church. He took great pride in his home and his yard, where he enjoyed gardening, planting flowers and feeding the birds. Above all, he was a devoted father and grandfather whose greatest joy was being surrounded by his family, including the many animals he inherited over the years, and enjoyed hosting the holidays alongside Dorothy, with Christmas being his favorite. He was a very social and kindhearted man, making friends wherever he went, and will be greatly missed, leaving his family with many special memories.
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and John Zadnik, of Bristol; and his sons and daughters-in-law, David and Barbara, of Scarborough, Maine and Brion and Susan, of Montague, Mass. He also leaves his grandsons, Christopher, Michael and Todd Zadnik and step-grandchildren, John and Michelle; his sisters who will miss their "pie and pie" Sundays with Joe, Elizabeth Lackey and Theresa Rapacky; and many adored nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Richard.
Funeral services were held Dec. 3, at Bailey Funeral Home, 48 Broad St., Plainville, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Mercy Church. Committal services with Military Honors followed at St. Joseph Cemetery. Joe may be remembered with contributions to Our Lady of Mercy Church, 19 S. Canal St., Plainville, CT 06062. For online expressions of sympathy, visit www.Bailey-FuneralHome.com.