Winchendon - Donald E. Duplease, 96, of Winchendon, died peacefully Monday afternoon, April 25, 2022 at Heywood Hospital in Gardner with his family by his side.
He was born in Winchendon on September 4, 1925, son of the late Charles E. and Rose A. (Gamelin) Duplease and was a lifelong resident of Winchendon. He was educated in Winchendon schools. He was a veteran of World War II. Having enlisted at the age of 17, Donald proudly served in the United States Navy from 1943 to 1946 in the European, African and Middle Eastern, and Asiatic Pacific Theatres of operation on the USS Cronin DE 704.
Don founded Duplease Electric Company of Winchendon, he worked as a Plant Engineer at Hitchcock Chair Company in Riverton, CT. and later at Foster Grant in Leominster MA. He retired at the age of 80. He was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Eugene M. Connor Post 193 American Legion, and Lt. Frederick Wilder White Post 2158 VFW.
Don served as a selectman for the Town of Winchendon for 18 years and was a past president of the Worcester County Selectmen's Association.
Throughout his life, he enjoyed family picnics in his backyard, camping up and down the east coast, and spending time with his beloved wife, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. He was an intelligent, kind, and loving person, respected by all.
He leaves his wife of 75 years Anita (Plante) Duplease, four children, Sharon M. Courtemanche and her husband Bruce, Judith A. Moriarity and her late husband Walter, Linda M. Gleason and her husband Brent, and Donald E. Duplease Jr. and his wife Pamela, all residents of Winchendon, 11 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in his passing by his daughter Nancy Anita Duplease and 8 siblings, Charles E. Duplease Jr., Robert A. Duplease, Gordon G. Duplease, Julien G. Duplease, Olive L. Webster, Marilyn E. Chaisson, Audrey R. Lema, and Eleanor N. Beaumont.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at 10 A. M. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 52 Spruce Street, Winchendon. Burial with military honors will follow in Calvary Cemetery.
Calling hours in Stone-Ladeau Funeral Home, 343 Central Street, Winchendon are Tuesday, May 3, 2022 from 5 to 7 P.M. Members of Eugene M. Connor Post 193 will conduct military honors at 6:30 P.M.
Memorial donations may be made to Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 52 Spruce Street, Winchendon MA 01475.
To leave an online condolence, please visit www.stone-ladeau.com
Kevin J Mack, Douglas M. Stone and Walter C. Taylor, directors