Deacon John L. Dufour


CUMBERLAND — John L. Dufour, 83, of Cumberland died Monday, Oct. 12, 2015 at Rhode Island Hospital, Providence. He was the beloved husband of 55 years of Emily M. (Koussa) Dufour.

Born in Central Falls, a son of the late John and Beatrice (Morin) Dufour, he had lived in Cumberland for the past 55 years.

Mr. Dufour was a U.S. Army veteran serving in the infantry during Korean War. He was a member and the treasurer of Chapter #1, Korean Veterans, Pawtucket.

Following the war, he graduated from the R.I. Radio School as an electronics engineer. His first job was with a radio station in Putnam, Conn., and then he went to work at Channel 7 in Boston, Mass. He later became the electronics engineer for the FAA at T.F. Green Airport in Warwick where he worked for 30 years before retiring.

Mr. Dufour was ordained a permanent deacon for the Diocese of Providence on June 20, 1976 and served for 28 years. He first served at St. Joan of Arc Church in Cumberland. He was a communicant of St. Aidan’s Church, Cumberland.

Besides his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Diane Anderson and her husband, James of Johnston; one son, David J. Dufour; one sister, Annette Dufour of East Providence; two brothers, Robert Dufour of Palm Harbor, Fla., and Paul Dufour of Beverly Hills, Fla.; three grandsons, James Anderson, Jr., Michael Anderson and Joseph Anderson; one great grandson, James Anderson, III; and several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Friday, Oct. 16 at St. Aidan’s Church, Cumberland. Burial, with military honors, followed in Resurrection Cemetery, Cumberland.