OAKLAND- Joseph E. Dumont died quietly Saturday morning, January 16 surrounded by the love of his family.\r\n\r\n\r\nHow does one live a creative life?\r\n\r\nJoseph was born at his small home in Fairfield August 5 in the fateful year of 1929. He was the youngest of nine children born to Joseph S. Dumont and Mattie Dumont (nee Brann). Joe was a true child of the Great Depression, though his memories of the time were not of deprivation but of the bountifulness of family and friends. One of Joe's fondest memories was as a little boy riding with his Papa delivering grain by the bag to the various farms in the area. With nine children both of his parents were forced to work outside the home, which often left Joe in the care of his older sisters. Their care, strength, and ability established a theme for the rest of Joe's life, both by marrying a strong and able woman and promoting these traits in his daughters.\r\n\r\nJoe was inquisitive and inventive, while he was always an independent thinker, institutions never possessed the possibilities that he envisioned. Joe graduated from Lawrence High School in 1948 and maintained a number of close friendships with his classmates throughout the years. He then attended Coburn Classical Institute to prepare for entrance to the University of Maine at Orono. Because of his love for the outdoors and nature, Joe earned a B.S. degree in Forestry in 1953. Joe later enjoyed recounting the eccentricities of his classmates at UMaine, as well as his experiences at the Forestry's summer camp in Princeton, Maine. While at summer camp Joe and his classmates were called into service to battle forest fires that plagued Maine forests in the late 40's and early 50's.\r\n\r\nAfter graduation Joe worked briefly in Pennsylvania for a year. The experience shaped another important theme of Joe's life. Joe was a homebody. Maine was to be his home for the rest of his life. Joe then went to work for the State of Maine Department of Transportation where he worked in the engineering department as resident engineer on state and federal highway projects throughout the state. Yet this was only a means to an end. Creating a home and family was the primary focus of his life. Joe's sister introduced him to a coworker at Keyes Fiber, a vivacious young woman with the bluest eyes. Joe married his much cherished Roberta (Robbie) Dionne in June of 1956. For the next 59 years they created a family and home for a brood of six children. \r\n\r\nIn 1962, Joe began his life's true vocation and his masterwork. He built the family homestead on the Garland Road. It was here that Joe's inventive and creative spirit flourished. The house and its furnishings reflected Joe's imagination and craftsmanship. Joe never did anything on a small scale. When he was involved, children's art projects were larger than life, vegetable gardens were vast, and science projects never failed to be innovative and award winning. Joe also filled the house and his children's lives with music, from the radio you would always hear an eclectic mix of classical tunes, from Live from the Metropolitan Opera on Saturday to the Sunday morning Record Lady playing thirties cowboy music. However, quite frequently it was Joe himself, on the accordion or fiddle, playing the French-Canadian reels and jigs that seemed to be his very lifeblood. When Joe played all of the joy and love that he had in his heart spoke through his flying fingers and fiddle bow. \r\n\r\nA serious medical condition forced Joe to retire from the Department of Transportation in 1985. Joe emerged from this crisis by having one of the most creative and productive periods of his life. A burgeoning woodworker earlier in his life, Joe never had the time, what with six kids to raise and a full time job, to fully commit himself to the craft. His retirement freed him to pursue his craft with passion and precision. His creations ranged from whimsical woodcarvings to the charming and much beloved toys and miniature furniture designed especially for his grandchildren's delight. Joe was particularly attracted to the austere designs of Shaker furniture. The precision of the style, unadorned, bereft of ostentation reflected Joe's personality. Perhaps because of Joe's earlier training as a forester, he understood the fundamental beauty of a piece of wood and was able to give form to its inherent beauty. These many pieces will remain as a fitting memorial to Joe's creative spirit. But more importantly these works embody Joe's love of home and family.\r\n\r\nOne lives a creative life with love.\r\n\r\nJoe was predeceased by his cherished wife Roberta A. Dumont (nee Dionne) on November 30, 2015. \r\n\r\nJoe was predeceased by his beloved father Joseph S. Dumont, his beloved mother Mattie Dumont (nee Brann) and his dear brother Henry Dumont, his dear sister, Sister Mary Immaculata (nee Kathleen Dumont), his dear brother Lawrence Dumont, his dear sister Lena Maillet (nee Dumont). \r\n\r\nJoe's surviving siblings are: Marguerite Begin (nee Dumont) of Melbourne, Florida, Florence Theberge (nee Dumont) of Lawrence, Massachusetts, Theresa Violette of Waterville, Maine and Dr. Richard Dumont of Cincinnati, Ohio. \r\n\r\n\r\nHis Children:\r\nA son Andrew J. Dumont and his wife Rochelle of Skowhegan, Maine; and daughters: Margaret M. Williams (nee Dumont) and husband John Williams of Lyndeborough, New Hampshire; Kathryn E. D. Spofford (nee Dumont) and husband Daniel Spofford of Waterville , Maine, Sarah D. Ledoux (nee Dumont ) and husband Eric Ledoux of Winslow, Maine; Elizabeth D. Granholm (nee Dumont) and husband James Eric Granholm of Oakland, Maine; and Emily J. Vaillancourt (nee Dumont) and husband David Vaillancourt of Winslow, Maine\r\n\r\nHis Grandchildren:\r\nNatalie and Sebastien Dumont, Skye Williams, Joseph, Joshua, Noah, and Isaiah Spofford, Renee and Jason Ledoux, Hannah, Sally, and Mary Granholm, Benjamin and Mattie Vaillancourt \r\n\r\nNumerous and much-loved nieces and nephews\r\n\r\nThe family expresses its deep gratitude to the staff of Bedside Manor East and Maine General Hospice for their humane care and comfort that they provided to dad during this most difficult time in his life. \r\n\r\nTo our dear home caregivers, Marie, Elaine, Deb, and Cheryl you cared for dad as if he were your own dad. We are ever indebted to you. Know that your kindness will always remain in our hearts and that you will be fondly remembered as members of our family in our most trying times. \r\n\r\nAnd finally, the family thanks Dr. David Preston, whom Joe saw as a kindred spirit and confidant, for his wise and compassionate care for our father. Thanks also to Debbie Hutchins RN, for being the frontline of the incredible care that our father received in his waning years. \r\n\r\nA Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 30, 2016 at Notre Dame Church, 116 Silver St., Waterville. Burial will be in St. Francis Catholic Cemetery in Waterville in the spring. An online guestbook may be signed and condolences may be expressed at www.gallantfh.com.\r\n\r\nIn lieu of flowers donations may be made to Maine General Hospice, PO Box 828, Waterville, ME 04903. Donations will be shared with Waterville Hospice Volunteers. Or a donation can be made to a charity of your choice.