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Rene R. "Ernie" DuBois

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Rene R. "Ernie" DuBois, 88, of Plainville, passed away on Oct. 26, 2012, at the Hospital of Central Connecticut, New Britain.

Born in Fort Kent, Maine on May 8, 1924, Ernie was one of 10 children to the late Phydime and Zoe (Michaud) DuBois. Raised in Maine, he resided with his older siblings, moving to Connecticut at the age of 15, where he worked at Lewis Farms to help support his family, and eventually saved enough money to purchase a home for his parents. He took a position at Marlin Rockwell until being drafted on April 14, 1943. He was sent overseas that fall, serving as a rifleman with the 142nd Infantry, and was captured in Southern France in August of 1944. He spent the remainder of his time serving his country as a POW until being liberated on his 21st birthday, and was discharged the following November, 1945. He earned various medals during his service, including the Combat Infantry Badge, Good Conduct Medal, WWII Victory Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Ribbon with three Bronze Stars, and 60 years after his discharge, his Prisoner of War Medal. He returned home to Fort Kent, where he met the love of his life and soul mate, Cecile, whom he married two years later on Sept. 8, 1948. They moved to Plainville in 1952, where they raised their family of four, after losing their first daughter, Gail at eight months old. Longtime members of Our Lady of Mercy Church, they shared together 64 years of love, devotion and life adventures. The "Mr. Fix It" of his family, Ernie was exceptional with his hands and was the go-to man for his entire family. In 1988, he retired after 30 years from Peck Spring, leaving a legacy of hard work and dedication. He and Cecile enjoyed retirement by traveling, cheering on the Red Sox and watching NASCAR. A family man from a young age, Ernie centered his life around his children and grandchildren and will be greatly missed, leaving them with many cherished memories.

In addition to his wife, he leaves his children, Steven and Leslie, Richard and Sheila, Jeffrey and Dawn, and Denise Kubala, of Bristol; his four grandchildren, who affectionately called him Papa, Nicole DuBois and Angela, Melissa, and Jason Maloney; his brothers, Gilbert and Clarence; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son-in-law, Jimi Kubala; four sisters, Emma Shaw, Leona Charette, Deli Plourde, and Clara McEdwards; and four brothers, Alphie, Phil, Arthur, and Albert.

A Mass of Christian Burial in celebration of Ernie's life was held Oct. 29, at Our Lady of Mercy Church. Committal services with Military Honors followed at the State Veterans Cemetery in Middletown. Bailey Funeral Home, Plainville, was in charge of arrangements. Ernie may be remembered with contributions to the Disabled American Veterans at www.DAV.org or PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, Ohio 45250. For online expressions of sympathy, visit www.Bailey-FuneralHome.com.
Published in Plainville Citizen from Nov. 8 to Nov. 9, 2012
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