Joseph “Bill” Dupray, Jr., husband of Valerie Trocki Dupray, passed away on February 21, 2021 in Florida due to complications from the corona virus. Bill was the son of the late Joseph Dupray, Sr. and Mary Lynch Dupray.
Bill was born in Beverly on September 29, 1941. He grew up in Ipswich along with his parents and siblings on High Street. He was a 1959 graduate of Ipswich High School and played football and hockey. After graduation he worked at MacMillans and left there to work for Bostik in Middleton. He worked there for 31 years and retired as a Tech Service Manager where he got to travel all over the country. He also was the first graduation class at Northern Essex in Bradford. He loved his retirement and he and his wife spent many months in their condo in Naples, Florida. There he enjoyed golfing with his friends.
Bill loved the outdoors, boating with his family and camping. After dinner on Thanksgiving day, he would leave for the weekend to go hunting with his brothers, brother-in-law and friends to Vermont.
He enjoyed being with his children and kept them busy with sports. He loved coaching his boys in hockey from the Mites to the Bantams, and he was sad to give that up. He coached his daughter’s softball team and took her to karate lessons. He was the best DAD..
He loved all his grandchildren dearly. He enjoyed watching them play sports. They were all very special to the man they called PAPA.
He spoiled his wife as well always bringing her coffee in bed each morning.
He got to do one of his bucket list items, he got to sky dive with his son Craig, he loved it. His grandchildren were all starting to play sports and he was looking forward to watching them all: baseball, hockey and softball. He was also looking forward to seeing his grandson Sam in his uniform who is a Marine.
Besides his wife Valerie, Bill is survived by his 3 children: Michael Dupray and his companion Melissa Bond, Craig Dupray and his fiancée Sarah Matusiak, Christine Dupray James and her former husband Paul James. His grandchildren that he adored and loved so much: Cam James, Sam Dupray, Lexi James, Colin Dupray, Tyler Stanton and AJay Stanton. He is also survived by his sister Dottie Dupray Greenleaf and her husband Donnie, sister-in-law Martha Dupray and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Besides being predeceased by his parents, he was also predeceased by his 2 brothers: Lennie Dupray and Bobby Dupray, and his special angel, Colby Dupray, his grandson whom he cherished.
Bill was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Elks. He will be missed dearly by all.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday April 16th. at 10:00 A.M. in the downstairs hall (due to renovations) at Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church 54 Linebrook Road, Ipswich Burial will follow in the Highland Cemetery 29 Town Farm Road, Ipswich. Because of the pandemic, all who attend the service and/or the burial must: wear a face covering, practice social distancing and not come in physical contact with the family. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Bill’s name to: Alzheimer’s Association 309 Waverly Oaks Road Waltham, MA 02452. Assisting the Dupray family is the Morris Funeral Home of Ipswich. To leave a condolence to the family please go to: MorrisFH.com .
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