Richard Dugas

Richard P. Dugas of North Falmouth, who practiced pediatric dentistry and orthodontia for five decades, died April 1. Dr. Dugas, known as Dick, was 85.

He was the husband of Judith (Riley) Dugas, to whom he was married for 32 years.

Born in Attleboro, he was the son of Philippe and Blanche (Cloutier) Dugas.

After graduating in 1957 from Boston College he went on to Georgetown Dental School, completing his studies in 1961. His 50-year career began in Brockton and he would later practice in Bourne. He also  volunteered his services on field trips to Honduras for many years.

A former resident of Easton, he was a member of Alcoholics Anonymous for more than 50 years, and found satisfaction in helping others through the challenges of addiction.

He was an accomplished bridge player and a member of the Upper Cape Bridge Club. An avid tennis player, he was a regular participant in the annual cancer fundraising tournament at Falmouth Sports Center. In addition to boating, fishing and skiing, he also enjoyed travel adventures with his wife and playing cribbage and golf with his children and grandchildren.

Besides his wife, he leaves his children and their spouses, Phil Dugas of Salt Lake City, Utah, Paul and Robin Dugas of Falmouth, Mark and Caroline Dugas of Saratoga Springs, New York, and Renee and Joe Romanowski of North Falmouth; nine grandchildren; four stepchildren; and 12 stepgrandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two siblings.

Visiting hours will be Thursday, April 8, from 4 to 7 PM at Chapman Funerals & Cremations–West Falmouth, 584 West Falmouth Highway.

A funeral Mass will be said on Friday, April 8, at 10 AM at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 481 Quaker Road in North Falmouth.

Burial will follow at North Falmouth Cemetery on Old Main Road.

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