Robert E. Dugas, 84


ALTON — Robert "Bob" Ernest Dugas, 84 of Alton, passed away on Oct. 3, 2017.

Bob was born on Nov. 29, 1932, in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, to Alpha and Iola Dugas.

He attended Providence College. He married Wendy Whyte Dugas on June 2, 1990, in Pepperell, Massachusetts.

He spent 20 years working throughout Africa as a program director for Catholic Relief Services, where he became fluent in French, Swahili and Sesotho. Before retirement, Bob and Wendy owned and operated the Village Store in Alton for 16 years. After retirement, they spent their winters on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Bob enjoyed gardening, sailing, reading history, taking walks and watching the New England Patriots.

He was a loving and humble man who lived a life of faith and integrity.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister, Dianne Burke.

Bob is survived by his wife, Wendy Whyte Dugas; his son, Mark Dugas and his wife, Allison, of Exeter; his daughter, Sarah Dugas Lees and her husband, Chris, of Banstead, England, and their mother, Susan Moyle Dugas; his brothers, Donald Dugas of Warwick, Rhode Island, and Normand Dugas and his wife, Agnes, of Alton; his stepchildren, Bruce Haskins and wife, Elizabeth, Lorraine Haskins Murphy and husband, David, of Pepperell, Massachusetts, and Christie Haskins Nauman and husband, Larry, of Townsend, Massachusetts. He is also survived bt 12 grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter, as well as many nieces and nephews.

There will be no calling hours. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at Saint Katharine Drexel Parish, Alton, on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Catholic Relief Services at