Kenneth J. Dubuque, 83, of Avery Brook Rd., passed away Friday, April 16, 2021.
Ken was born in Pittsfield, MA on June 19, 1937 the son of Kenneth M. and Alice Dubuque. He graduated from Sanderson Academy in Ashfield and then the Vermont Academy. He attended the Wentworth Institute of Technology for two years.
On April 4, 1959 Ken was married to Betty (LeBlanc) and they recently celebrated 62 years together.
Ken was a tool designer for the Ingersoll Rand Company for 27 years, retiring in 1998. At one point in his career he was asked to move to Pennsylvania to another shop and while he was hesitant at first, he was glad he did. Ken and Betty met some wonderful people there and they continue to be friends today. Eventually they moved back to the area and in 1996, Ken and Betty purchased the Foxtowne Coffee Shoppe in Shelburne Falls.
Ken loved sports and was a fan of the Red Sox, Celtics and Patriots. He enjoyed playing softball and was a member of the Mohawk Men’s Softball League as a pitcher. He then became an umpire and traveled around the area for high school softball and men’s league games. Many times Ken would get out in the morning to a golf course and play a round, and then umpire a game in the afternoon.
One of his favorite things to do was ride his motorcycle. He and Betty would often cruise with a group of friends and they would explore all over the northeast, into Canada, Washington, DC and mid-Atlantic. They truly enjoyed spending time on the road seeing new sights and sharing it with close friends.
Beside his wife of 62 years, Ken’s family includes his three daughters; Tammy Dubuque and her partner Joanne Gaulin of Colorado, Debbie Dehoyas and her husband Tom of Florida, Brenda Paulsen and her husband Ted of California, two granddaughters; Jessica Finck and Danielle Finck-Martinez, as well as many friends.
Visiting hours will be Saturday, April 24 from 5 to 7 pm at the Smith-Kelleher Funeral Home, 40 Church St., Shelburne Falls.
There will not be a funeral ceremony and burial will be at the convenience of the family.
In keeping with Ken’s support of local sports, it is suggested memorial contributions be made to the Mohawk Athletic Association c/o www.mohawkathleticassociation.com
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