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Philip J. “Pete” Dumas, Jr., 86, of Gloucester passed away unexpectedly on October 4, 2016. He was the husband of Sally A. (Tarr) Dumas.
He was born on April 14, 1930, in Gloucester and grew up in Lanesville, son of the late Philip J. and Ellen (Callahan) Dumas. He was a graduate of St. Ann’s High School and a lifelong resident of Gloucester.
Philip was a paint maker who worked for Tarr and Wonson/Gloucester Paints in Rocky Neck and subsequently ran the paint division at Rule Industries for many years, until his retirement. He was also a part time lobsterman in his younger years.
He was a United States Army veteran serving during the Korean Conflict. He was awarded a Bronze Star, United Nations Service Medal as well as the National Defense Service Medal. He held the rank of Corporal.
Philip will always be remembered as a kind, easy going man with a gentle soul. Philip viewed life with a sense of humor, and his smile and kindness will be missed. He loved spending time in his garden and enjoyed giving away his vegetables, especially his tomatoes. He was also a jack of all trades, always willing to assist anyone who needed help fixing something. Philip will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
In addition to his wife, Sally, Philip is survived by his three children, Steven P. Dumas, Crisann E. Asaro and her husband, Joseph, Victoria A. Mason and her husband, Mark, all of Gloucester; his sister, Mary J. Guerin and her husband, Joe of Lawrence; four grandchildren, Melissa Harrington and her husband, Jason; Michael Asaro and his wife, Mary; Brandon and Evan Mason. He is also survived by five great-grandchildren, Talia, Ava, Braden, Nason, Claudia; and three nephews, Peter, John, Michael Brigham; also a dear cousin, Martha O’Connor. He was predeceased by his brother-in-law, Bob Brigham.
Philip J. Dumas’ memorial visitation will be in the Pike-Newhall Funeral Home, 61 Middle St., Gloucester on Thursday evening, October 13, 2016, from 4 to 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in Philip’s memory may be made to the North Shore Tour de Cure, c/o The American Diabetes Association, 10 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. For online condolences and register book, please visit www.pikenewhall.com.
Published on  October 11, 2016
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