The Obit For Philip Dugas

Philip A. Dugas

Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on October 6, 2011

GORHAM -- Philip A. Dugas, 82, of Cressey Road, died on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011, at his home.

Born in Lisbon Falls, he was the son of Philip F. and Amanda L. Roi Dugas. He was a 1947 graduate of Edward Little High School.

Beginning in 1948, Mr. Dugas was a professional baseball player for the Hamilton Red Birds and for St. Joseph Missouri Cardinals where in 1953 he met and married his first wife, Helen Joan Malson.

In 1957, he received his BS degree in Education from the University of Maine and in 1958 received his master's degree in Education also from the University of Maine. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War.

His career in education began at Gorham High School. From 1958-1966, he was the Guidance Director and from 1966-1972 was principal. From 1972 until his retirement, Mr. Dugas was the Guidance Counselor at Yarmouth Junior High School.

As a baseball fan, he was a longtime coach, manager and player involved with junior and senior high schools, men's leagues and the American Legion.

He was a member of Maine Teacher's Retired Association, the National Education Retired Association and the American Legion. In Gorham, he had been a member of the Town Council for a total of 12 years.

He enjoyed his many perennial gardens around his home.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Joan; and by a sister, Priscilla Rovnak. Surviving him are his wife of 15 years, Anita L. Southard Dugas of Gorham; his children, Philip A. Dugas Jr. of Skowhegan, Gregory F. Dugas and wife Maureen of South Portland, Nanci R. Fortin and husband William of Vernon, Conn., Mamie J. Martin and husband Michael of Gorham, Elaine L. Maier of Gorham, Leanne P. Medici and husband David of South Portland; stepdaughter, Michele Herrick and husband Gary of Buxton; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and two step grandchildren.

The Dugas family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to Philip's stepdaughter Michele for her care giving over the last three months.

Visiting hours are on Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., at the Dolby and Dorr Funeral Chapel, 76 State St., Gorham.

A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday from St. Anne's Catholic Church, 299 Main St., Gorham.