Robert Edward Dupill II
RUMFORD -- Robert Edward Dupill II, 60, passed away at his home surrounded by his loving wife, daughters and father on Christmas day.
Rob was born in Rumford on June 6, 1950, son of Robert Dupill Sr. and Gloria Stanley Dupill. He attended local schools and graduated from Stephens High School in 1969, where he was a standout athlete. Rob attended the University of Maine at Orono, where he excelled as a player on the football team, earning the Ironman Trophy in 1973. After graduating college with a degree in history, Rob became an educator and varsity football coach at Lewiston High School.
Rob married the love of his life, Linda Shorey, in August 1978. His proudest accomplishment was raising their two daughters, Emily and Natalie.
In 1982, Rob took over Stanley’s Furniture Mart from his parents, a family business that his grandfather started in 1936. This proved to be a perfect fit as Rob grew up in the furniture store and had always loved well-made furniture. Rob loved owning Stanley’s and meeting and knowing thousands of customers over the years. He also loved his employees and treated them as members of his own family.
Rob was a true steward of his land. He devoted his life to making his property a wonderful place for family and friends. He single-handedly created gorgeous rock walls, ponds, flower and vegetable gardens and waterfalls all over his ten acres of land. Rob was an avid organic gardener and produced an incredible bounty that was enjoyed by all his family, especially his wife and two daughters.
Rob was a devoted history buff, his specialty being local Maine history. He spent many hours pouring over local historical texts and his family, friends, and customers always knew that Rob could tell them amazing facts about the towns they lived in.
Rob loved to travel and especially loved Aruba, where his parents lived for many years. Rob also loved to cook and enjoyed foods from all over the world. Throughout his entire life, Rob was a remarkable athlete. Rob loved to golf and ski and was an outstanding long-distance runner. Rob was running on his treadmill and using his weight machines right up until last week.
Rob is survived by his loving wife, Linda, and two adoring daughters, Emily and Natalie. He is also survived by his father, Robert Dupill Sr. of Holiday, FL, his grandmother, Maude Stanley of Rumford, and his brother, Marc Dupill of Belmont, NH.
He is predeceased by his mother, Gloria, and his brother, Gary.
The family would like to thank Tammy and Patti and all of the wonderful staff at the Rumford Hospital Oncology Suite for the exceptional care Rob received. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Rumford Hospital Oncology Suite in Rob’s memory.
Rob was an eternal optimist and always saw the best in people. Rob truly loved his life and lived it to the fullest. His incredible generosity and spirit will always live on.
Spring interment will be in Demeritt Cemetery in Peru. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Rob’s memory may be made to the Oncology Department, Rumford Hospital, 420 Franklin St., Rumford, ME 04276.