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Robert E. Duprey

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BRANDON, Vt. - Robert Ernest Duprey, 83, died Dec. 10, 2012, at Mountain View Center in Rutland.

Mr. Duprey was born in Chester on Dec. 23, 1928. He was the son of Ernest A. and Ruth (Benson) Duprey. He grew up in Chester, where he received his early education.

In his earlier years he had worked as a woodsman, logging the mountains of Chester. He later farmed for a short while before moving to New Haven, Conn. In New Haven he became a self-employed roofer and continued working as a roofer until his retirement.

He enjoyed fishing, was an avid reader and fan of the New York Yankees and New York Giants. He was a big bingo player.

Surviving is his wife, Rita Fuller Duprey of Brandon; two sons, Ernest Robert Duprey of Reading and David Henry Duprey of Springfield; five daughters, Rosa-Lee Gould of Brandon, Stephanie Poleio of West Haven, Conn., Leona Pratt of Manchester, N.H., Bobbi-Jo Voight of Brandon and Theresa Dwire of Lawsonville, N.C.; one brother, Richard Bruce of New Hampshire; a sister, Marjorie Childs of Buxton, Maine; 17 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by two brothers, Donald Foster Duprey and Gary Bruce and a sister, Elizabeth Osgood.


SERVICES: Friends are invited to a celebration of His life on Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m., at the home of his daughter, Leona Pratt, 346 Blucher St., Manchester, N.H. A private burial will take place at a later date in Pleasant View Cemetery in Chester, Vt.

Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made, in his memory to The Robert Duprey Memorial Fund, c/o Miller & Ketcham, 26 Franklin St., Brandon 05733.

The Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home assisted with arrangements.

Published in Union Leader on Dec. 12, 2012