WATERBORO — Robert William “Bob” Dupee, 75, a longtime resident of Waterboro, died peacefully at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough on Feb. 16, 2014.

Bob was born on Sept. 20, 1938 in South Portland, one of two children born to Frederick W. and Mary (Rush) Dupee Sr.

He grew up in Saco and graduated from Thornton Academy in 1957.

Bob was a good dancer and made his way to a dance in Buxton, where he met his future wife, Deborah Bean. For three years, they danced and enjoyed each other’s company before he found the courage to ask Deb to marry him. She said, “yes,” and they were blessed with 54 years of marriage.

Bob was on the “10-year plan” ”“ each job he had would last just about 10 years before he was out looking for another position. He had a tremendous work ethic and worked at the Saco Lowell Mills, Waterboro Leather Mill and GTE Sylvania as a machinist before retiring from driving a school bus with SAD 57. He took great pride in providing for his family, and when he was home, he got his three children out of the house for a night of baseball in the backyard. Both he and Deb coached the local softball teams, and the kids remember staying active with stacking firewood, helping out in the vegetable garden and shoveling snow in the winter.

Bob’s easygoing manner and fun-loving attitude made him easy to be around. He and Deb could be found most Saturday nights enjoying a dinner out followed by dancing at Highland Grove. They were thrilled when they were able to take a trip of a lifetime to Hawaii. Bob enjoyed all sports, playing cribbage and horseshoes. Each day with his friends, Bob would do the daily crypto quip puzzles, crossword puzzles and anagrams.

Bob will be remembered as a man of honor, doing things the right way ”“ the first time around ”“ and being strong both physically and emotionally. He finished strong as it should be.

Bob was preceded in death by: four half brothers, Eddie Builderback, Gabriel Builderback, Samuel Holbrook and Tom Holbrook.

He is lovingly survived by: his lifelong sweetheart, Deborah A. Dupee of Waterboro; his two daughters, Jodie Dyer and husband Rod Dyer Jr. and Kyla DeWitt, both of Lyman; his son, Frank Dupee of Biddeford; his brother, Fred Dupee Jr. of Saco; his half sister, Adelaide Holbrook of Illinois; his five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to call on Friday, Feb. 21 from 6-8 p.m. at the Autumn Green Funeral Home, 47 Oak St. in Alfred. Committal prayers and burial will be held later in the spring at Pine Grove South Cemetery in Waterboro. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, 11 Hunnewell Road, Scarborough, ME 04074. To leave a message of condolence for the family, visit www.autumngreenfuneralhome.com. The Autumn Green Funeral Home is respectfully handling arrangements.