J. Dugan

Obituary of J. Peter Dugan

J. Peter Dugan Sr., 70, of 28 Carroll Avenue, Newport, died Tuesday, October 2, 2007 at Newport Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Roberta D. (Henry) Dugan. Born in Newport, RI on January 22, 1937, he was the son of Edward F. Dugan Sr. and Anna (Brownell) Dugan Arnold. He was a 1954 De La Salle graduate who lettered in baseball and basketball. He graduated from Providence College in 1958 with a degree in education. At Providence College he was the captain of the freshman basketball team. After graduating from PC he began his teaching career at Berkeley Peckham and then taught at Middletown High School when it opened in 1961. He coached for a short time at De La Salle and at Middletown High School for over 13 years. His 1974 baseball team was division champs. He retired from teaching in 1988 after 30 years of service in the Middletown Public Schools. He was involved in city politics and was an active member in the community of Newport. He was a Newport City Council member for 2 terms as well as Vice Mayor. He was on the committee for the 5th Ward Square, 5th Ward Improvement, the Heart Association and a member of the Fifth Ward Seniors. He was also involved in teaching CCD at St. Augustin's Parish and umpired Fifth Ward Little League games. Over the years he tended bar at Sully's, Newport Country Club, The Mooring Restaurant, The Pier Restaurant and the Cliff Walk Manor. Most recently he worked at the Newport Yachting Center. His interests over the years included doing the morning crossword puzzles and jumbles, going to lunch once a month with his teaching colleagues, playing golf, watching NFL football and Major League Baseball, and spending quality time with his wife Roberta and his 11 children and 32 grandchildren. Besides his wife of 53 years he is survived by his children, Kathy Martin and her husband Michael, J. Peter Dugan, Jr., and his wife Nancy of Newport, Colleen P. Soares and her husband Jay of Newport, Michael E. "Buff"Dugan of Newport, Dennis Dugan and his wife Celeste of Portsmouth, Gary K. Dugan of Middletown, Shawn J. Dugan and his wife Terri of Newport, Brian T. Dugan and his wife Susan of Newport, Kerry E. Kunze and her husband Erich of Newport, Erin D. Costa and her husband Michael Jr. of Middletown, Shannon Dugan of Middletown; 21 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, his sister Mary Ferreira of Portsmouth, and his brother Jerry J. Dugan of Middletown. He was the father of the late Maureen Dugan, grandfather of the late Kevin L. Soares, and brother of the late Edward F. "Lard" Dugan. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2007 at 10:00am, at St. Augustin's Church, Carroll Ave, Newport. Visiting hours will be held on Friday, October 5, from 4:00-8:00pm in the O'Neill-Hayes Funeral Home. Donations may be made to the Kevin L. Soares Foundation, 18 Simmons St., Newport, RI., 02840.
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