Roland Thomas Dumais
March 4, 1939 – January 7, 2022
Roland Thomas Dumais, 82, passed away peacefully at home with family by his side on January 7, 2022.
Born on March 4, 1939 in Frenchville, Maine, he was the son of the late Marie (Picard) Dumais and Henry Dumais
His father was a prominent potato farmer and for many years he and his brothers and sisters worked together harvesting the crops and raising the farm animals. Roland spoke fondly of the many happy times spent with his Papa driving the farm equipment at a very young age.
After his graduation from high school, he attended St. Michael’s College in Winooski, Vermont and earned his B.A. in Business Administration. He then moved to Los Angeles, California and attended UCLA, majoring in Computer Science, and later earned his Masters Degree in Business Administration from Northrop Institute of Technology.
Roland proudly served his country in the armed forces. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1961 and completed the Naval Aviation Pilot Program, Pensacola, Florida. He was proud to say he was trained by the Marines after Pensacola and served an additional 6 years in the Air Force Active Reserve.
Roland was employed in the field of computer science for over 30 years beginning in 1962. He retired in 1981 and continue to work privately with individual investments. He was a long-time active member of the fraternal organization Knights of Columbus Simi Valley and The American Legion in the state of Maine.
Roland held a private flying license and loved to fly. He was an avid snow and water skier and won numerous awards. In addition, he greatly enjoyed camping, fishing, swimming, hiking, back-packing, carpentry and large-scale model trains. He loved a good book, and since he was a speed reader, could finish one in a day. He traveled all 50 states in his motor home and so enjoyed spending the summer months at his cottage on Long Lake, Maine. He was always enthusiastic, loving his family and friends and life, and beloved dog companion, Moses. His favorite phrases were “Think Positive” and “Always have something good to say.”
He and his beloved wife Ann were married for 54 years and enjoyed many happy memories on Long Lake, Maine and in Southern California, raising their son, Paul.
Roland is survived by his wife, Ann; loving son, Paul (Terri); grandchildren, Kristian, Julia, and Daniel; sisters, Priscille and Therese; numerous nieces and nephews; and loving extended family and dear friends. He is greeted in heaven by brothers, Lawrence and Bertrand; sisters, Doris and Marie May.
A mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10am on Friday, March 4 at St. Rose of Lima Church, 1305 Royal Ave. Simi Valley. A private luncheon will be held at the family home following the service. Interment will be held at the St. Agatha Cemetery in St. Agatha, Maine at a later date.