There was a little more laughter in heaven on Christmas Day as Robert "Bob" A. DuBois, 86, left this world and rejoined his wife, his parents, family, and many friends. Bob died at Pine Ridge Nursing Home in Kingwood, WV, after a hard-fought battle against Alzheimer's.
Born August 20, 1931 in Putnam, Connecticut, he was the son of the late Isidore and Mina Bazinet DuBois. Bob was proud to serve his country in the Third Infantry of the U.S. Army in Korea during the Korean War. While in Korea, he began writing to a pen pal, and upon returning to the United States after the war ended, he met his pen pal, Lois M. Dailey. They were happily married from 1955 until her death in 2003.
During most of his working life, Bob worked as a mail carrier for the U. S. Postal Service in Morgantown until his retirement in 1992. After his retirement from the postal service, he decided to stay busy on a part-time basis and worked at Enterprise Rental Car and the Salvation Army.
He was a member and past post commander of VFW Post 548 in Morgantown; was a treasurer of the Cool Springs V.F.D. for more than 25 years, and served on the Monongalia County Fire Board. He belonged to several bowling leagues in the '70s and '80s, enjoyed golfing with his son, and camping, traveling and visiting with his family. More than anything, he especially enjoyed doing all of these things with much conversation and laughter and treasured his friendships, especially with many of his co-workers at the post office and "the boys" at the fire department.
He is survived by and will be dearly missed by his daughter and son-in-law, Mary A. and Merle Dalton; his son and daughter-in-law, Robert S. and Sandra DuBois, with whom he made his home for five years before recently moving to Pine Ridge; grandchildren, Matthew DuBois and his wife, Jessica, Marissa DuBois, and Carrie M. Dalton; one great-grandson, Canon A. DuBois; a brother, Richard DuBois, of Georgia; a sister, Fabiola Cutler, of Connecticut; brothers-in-law, Harry LaPointe, of Reedsville, and Franklin Dailey, of Morgantown; sister-in-law, Shirley Dalton, of Morgantown; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, Isidore, Armand, and Stewart DuBois, all of Connecticut; and sisters, Yvette LaPointe of Reedsville; Rita Landry, Loretta Starzyk, Gertrude Vaillant, and Jane Charron, all of Connecticut.
Family and friends will be received at Hastings Funeral Home, 153 Spruce St., on Thursday, December 28, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and again at Nicholson Chapel Church on Friday, December 29, from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at 11 a.m. with Rev. David D. Spence officiating. Burial will follow at Nicholson Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in Bob's memory to Cool Springs V.F.D., 32 Fire Dept. Road, Morgantown, WV, 26508; WV Caring, the hospice organization who provided Bob and his family with loving care, P. O. Box 760, Arthurdale, WV, 26520; or to Nicholson Chapel Cemetery, c/o Paul Nicholson, 1326 Summers School Road, Morgantown, WV, 26508.