James's Story

HAMPDEN - James H. Dubey, Sr., 91, passed away peacefully October 10, 2015, at Maine Veteran's Home, surrounded by his family. He was born in Gardiner, July 19, 1924, the son of Emile and Clara (Stonier) Dubey.

James served his country during WWII as a Boatswain Mate Petty Officer 3RD Class aboard the U.S.S. Boise, which performed combat duties in both the European and Asiatic theaters of war. James was awarded the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 2 Battle Stars, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with 4 Battle Stars, Philippine Liberation Medal with 2 Battle Stars, Philippine Presidential Unit Citation, Action Ribbon, American Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, and the Navy Good Conduct Medal. He was honorably discharged in 1945 with the Honorable Service and Discharge Lapel Pins.

After his military career, James was self-employed as a carpenter building houses for many years. He also worked on Dow Air Force Base, and later for the Bangor Housing Authority, where he retired in 1986.

James loved snowmobiling and fishing. He was talented with his hands, evident in both his carpentry work and his artistic painting ability- creating beautiful murals on walls, the garage doors, and even painting scenery on hand saws.

James was a man without an enemy in the world. He was truly a man's man. He was loving, giving and compassionate, and was an immediate friend to all who knew him. James was a dedicated family man, a loving father and devoted husband to his wife of nearly 60 years, Joan (Jewel) Dubey, who predeceased him in 2012.

In addition to his beloved wife and parents, James was predeceased by two sisters, Connie Burleigh and Yvonne Ambrose. He is survived by his daughter, Jolene Bassett and her husband, Gary of Carmel; his son, James Dubey, Jr. and his wife, Gigi of Hampden; grandchildren, Matthew R. Bassett and fiancé, Allison Otis of Mount Vernon, WA, Marc J. Bassett and his partner, Marissa and her daughter, Leona of Bangor, Nicholas Wescott of Somersworth, NH, and Shannan Wescott of Hampden; great grandchildren, Blake and Kaileigh; sister, Shirley Nichols of Gray; and special friends, Mike and Jane Gomes; as well as many nieces and nephews. The family wishes to thank the staff of C and E units at Maine Veteran's Home for the love and care they showed James during his illness.

A celebration of James life will be announced at a later date. Those who wish to remember him in a special way may make gifts in his memory to the American Lung Association of Maine, 122 State Street, Augusta, ME 04338-2109. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.
Published in Bangor Daily News
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Hampden Chapel of Brookings-Smith

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