FORT KENT – J. Roland Dumond, 92, passed away peacefully on April 9, 2015, at a Fort Kent health care facility, surrounded by his loving wife of 66 years and all of his eight children, and many more of his family – just the way he would want it. He was born December 10, 1922, in Daigle, Maine, a son of the late George and Emma (Austin) Dumond.
Roland served as a Staff Sergeant with the U.S. Army during World War II in the Armored Division. His love for flying began after his military service and he eventually acquired his commercial pilot license. He began Fort Kent Flying Service in 1947, the first FAA certified air service in the area. It ran until 1967, employing the legendary Herby Nobel during many years of service. During the late 1940s, Roland was sworn in as a Deputy Sheriff and served until 1954. He continued to serve the State of Maine as a Trooper with Maine State Police in 1954. He served proudly until his retirement as Lieutenant and troop commander in 1974. Not one to sit idle, he founded Fort Kent Ski-Doo in 1974, which continues to operate today as Fort Kent Power Sports. He was known to have the ability to “fix anything,” and if he couldn’t, “it wasn’t broke!” Throughout his years, Roland was very involved in his community. He was a Veteran of Foreign Wars, as well as a member of the Fort Kent Lion’s Club, was a Cursillo Team Member and involved in group retreats to Medjugorie. He was a communicant and Eucharistic Minister for St. John Vianney Parish in Fort Kent and a member of the Knights of Columbus, 4th Degree Assembly, Council #1934, Fort Kent. One of Roland’s lifelong passions was his Roman Catholic faith, his rosary and praying. His strong faith was passed on to his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Roland and his wife, Bernice, regularly gave to the community by sharing “The Rosary” and prayers with the local nursing home and Crosswinds residents. He was known for several quotes, which he’s passed to his family, “Pire est fait (The worst is over)” and, his family’s favorite, “Love you more!”
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Bernice (Saucier) Dumond of Fort Kent; four daughters, Susan Pelletier and her husband, Delmen, of Wallagrass, Audrey Lane and her husband, Clifford, of Turtlepoint, PA, Dawn Dumond and her companion, Kevin Bernier, of Fort Kent and Lisa Ouellette and her husband, Darrell, of New Sweden; four sons, Gary Dumond and his wife, Pauline, of Eagle Lake, Michael Dumond, John Dumond and his wife, Francine, both of Fort Kent, and Burt Dumond and his wife, DeeDee, of Standish; three sisters, Dolores Levesque of Augusta, Laurette Babkirk of Scarborough and Joan Palmer of Hampden; two brothers, Claude Dumond and Phil Dumond, both of Fort Kent; 21 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Roland was predeceased by a sister, Rowena Breau; and three brothers, Dana, Finland and Lloyd Dumond.
Friends may call at Daigle Funeral Home, Fort Kent, from 5-8 p.m. Monday, April 13, 2015, and 8-9:30 a.m.Tuesday, April 14. 2015. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at St. Louis Catholic Church, Fort Kent, with military honors to follow. Committal Services will be held May 12, 2015, at St. Louis Catholic Cemetery, Fort Kent.