Noël Albert Dubé
Noël Albert Dubé
built Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Pepperell,
decorated WWII vet; 90

PEPPERELL -- Noël Albert Dubé, 90, of Pepperell, MA, died peacefully at home on Friday, May 21, 2010 surrounded by his wife and family.

He was born in South Berwick, ME on December 25, 1919, son of the late Alfred and Florida (Deslauriers) Dubé. He graduated from Berwick Academy in South Berwick, ME in 1938. He lived in Rollinsford, NH for many years before moving to Pepperell, MA in 1972.

Mr. Dubé is survived by his wife of 64 years, Antoinette (Gruzewski) Dubé; two daughters, Maryanna Hiester and her husband, Edwin of Shrewsbury, MA, and Florida Cole and her husband, Richard of Roseville, CA; seven sons, Paul and his wife, Maura Laura LeBron of Rancho Dominquez, CA, John and his wife, Jennifer of South Berwick, ME, Gerard of Boston, MA, Christopher and his wife, Andrea of Keene, NH, Anthony and his wife, Concetta of Litchfield, NH, Vincent and his wife, Nora of Saugus, MA, and Alfred and his wife, Elizabeth of Holliston, MA.

He is also survived by 23 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; a sister, Bernadette Fanning of Sanford, ME; nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his son, Noël in 1970, his granddaughter, Allyson Hiester in 1988, his brother, Emile in 1979, and sister, Lucienne in 1925.

Mr. Dubé was a decorated US Army veteran of World War II serving in the European theater with the 121st Engineer Combat Battalion, 29th Infantry Division. He landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944. He was most proud of supervising the placement of the TNT and setting off the explosion that blew the wall at Vierville which allowed the heavy equipment to get off Omaha Beach. Mr. Dubé was invited to attend the dedication of a plaque which was erected by the town of Vierville, France, at Omaha Beach commemorating the event. He was awarded the silver deFleury medal and his name was placed on the 121st Engineers plaque at the D-Day Memorial in Bedford, VA commemorating this event. In addition, a painting depicting the blowing of the wall is being placed at the 29th Division Museum in Baltimore, MD. Mr. Dubé was severely injured in Germany in early 1945 and awarded the Purple Heart, Silver Star, and 2 Bronze Stars.

After the war Mr. Dubé resumed working for his father in the wholesale grocery business. He then worked as an Assistant Commissary Officer at Pease AFB in Newington, NH. In 1968 he transferred to Fort Devens MA and later became the first civilian Commissary Officer. He retired after 16 years in 1984.

Mr. Dubé invented a table baseball game in his late teens. For a short time a league played regular table baseball games in South Berwick and it later was demonstrated to the Boston Braves manager Billy Southworth. Ted Williams once played the game with him. He avidly followed the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots.

Mr. Dubé was a deeply devout Roman Catholic who attended Mass daily. He had a great devotion to the Blessed Mother, which led him to build a shrine to Our Lady of Fatima in Pepperell that has been visited by people from nearly all 50 states and many foreign countries. Over the years, many renowned speakers were invited to the shrine to share their faith which drew large crowds.

Mr. Dubé was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the 29th Division Association and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. In 2009, Mr. Dubé was the Grand Marshall of the Pepperell 2009 Memorial Day Parade.

Dubé -- Visiting Hrs. at the Hamilton-McGAFFIGAN Funeral Home, 37 Main St. (Rte. 113), Pepperell, MA Tues., 2-4 & 7-9 PM. Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday 11A.M., May 26 at Our Lady of Grace Parish Worshipping at St. Joseph's Church 28 Tarbell St., Pepperell, MA. Burial with military honors will be in New Town Cemetery, Rollinsford, NH on Thursday, May 27th.In lieu of flowers the family requests that Masses be offered for the soul of Mr. Dubé. Please contact your nearest Catholic parish if you are unsure how to do that. Please see

Published by Lowell Sun on May 24, 2010.
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My prayers go out to all
Eileen Boyle-Boyd
June 1, 2010
Our prayers are with you and your family in this time of loss.
In Christ
The Nelson Family
Scott, Debbie, Hannah, Elijah, Miriam, Malachi and Naomi
Scott Nelson
May 31, 2010
Dear Dube Family,

Some of my fondest childhood/teenage memories are of summers spend at the Dube household, first in Rollinsford, NH, and then in Pepperell, MA.

Your dad, my Uncle Noel, always made me feel so welcomed and special. He was an enthusiastic "tour guide," taking me around the area to experience all the best that New England has to offer. Although he had certainly visited places like the Freedom Trail and Quincy Market, and enjoyed fresh Maine lobster countless times, I remember his excitement in sharing these experiences with me for the first time. He was a most generous and kind host: I remember one summer, upon my arrival, there was a big bag of Snickers waiting for me; he had remembered from the previous summer how much I liked Snickers! He would often take us out for an after-dinner drive to get ice cream at little, out-of-the-way country stands where the ice cream was freshly made from the milk of local cows --delicious!

The 75th birthday party that he, your mom (my Aunt Toni), and the family threw for my dear, now-departed father, was a real highlight for my dad; he never stopped talking about that surprise! I remember staying up late, just talking well into the night, thermoses of coffee and long road trips.

I will really miss my Uncle Noel. He was a true hero and his strong faith was not only demonstrated by his shrine and his devotion to the Blessed Mother, but by how he treated people. I'll never forget you, Uncle Noel.
Susan Smith
May 31, 2010
To the Dubé Family,
My condolences to you ALL! The Salesains and The St. Benedict's parish of Toronto, Ont, Canada are praying for you and your dad.
It was great seeing you at the funeral in Pepperell. It was a beautiful tribute to your dad.
God Bless YOU!
Brother Bernard Dubé SDB
Bernard Dubé
May 27, 2010
Dear Antoinette, Maryanna, Paul, & Families...please accept my heartfelt condolence on the passing of Noel senior, your loving husband, father, and grandfather. I was always impressed with the family management skills of Noel senior. As a civil engineer and Navy veteran I can fully appreciate the contributions he made to the Army Engineer Regiment and United States of America during World War II. The Dube family was always about love and respect for one another. I have long missed the close friendship I enjoyed with Noel junior these many years. May you rejoice in the memories of the life you shared together. Sincerely.
James Clark
May 26, 2010
Tony - Im so sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
Becca Ahrent
May 25, 2010
Sharon and I were very sorry to hear about your loss. Your Dad had an amazing life. I am sure you and your family will be comforted by many great memories.
Jeff Henderson
May 25, 2010
Dear John and family,

So very sorry to learn of your loss. My deepest condolences to you.

Annette, UNH
Annette Vachon
May 24, 2010
John, so sorry to hear about your Dad. Sounds like he lived a pretty full life and I am sure you have a lot of memories. Our prayers are with you and your family.
Allan & Janine Trombley
May 24, 2010
Dearest Noel, one of your many gifts to us is in our Rosary, "Jesus protect and save the unborn"....Ave Maria!.....I will always see your gleaming smile in my heart. love, "Joy "..the name you gave me. Praise God for you! Amen. (Julie and Gerry Wonkka Pepperell, MA)
Joy Wonkka
May 24, 2010
Tony, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Deb Cocozziello
May 24, 2010
Tony, you and your family are in my thoughts.
Kimberly Ouellette
May 24, 2010
Maryanna: My sincerest prayers are with you in this time of sorrow.

Joanne Sheperd
May 24, 2010
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