GORHAM – Jacob Patrick Dupuis, 19, of Gorham, died on September 24, 2020 in a tragic car accident while working at Arundel.
He was born on February 10, 2001 in Portland, son of Tom and Leslie (Wright) Dupuis. He graduated from Gorham High School in 2019 and was a sophomore at the University of Vermont. He had chosen to study remotely from home this semester due to Covid but was looking forward to returning to Burlington, Vermont soon.
Growing up in Gorham, Jake had an idyllic childhood. Summers were filled with backyard get-togethers in the pool, trips to the beach, an annual camping trip to Bar Harbor, and a week on Sebago Lake. Winter days were spent on the slopes.
In primary school, Jake lived in England with his family for two years. During this time, he traveled all over Europe, including trips to Italy, France, Greece and his favorite, the Swiss Alps – a place he returned with his family and friends for a senior trip. .
He was an honor roll student who played soccer, was a two-year captain in the lacrosse team and a partner of the new unified basketball team.
Jake was a bit of a daredevil which manifested in his love for snowboarding and skateboarding. Joining the snowboard team at UVM brought him great joy and he reveled in weekend trips to Sugarbush and Jay Peak. When the pandemic forced him to return home early, he shifted gears, built a quarter tube for his skateboard, and honed his skills for next winter.
It was wonderful to watch him grow into an independent and capable adult. He overcame the bumps he encountered in school and elsewhere, resolving them perfectly on his own despite our willingness to intervene.
He had strong opinions and beliefs and spoke very well. He will struggle you until, more often than not, you give in. He was kind and caring, loved good music, enjoyed a good meal and honed his culinary skills. He had a beautiful smile and a mischievous smile. He always offered hugs when leaving and never hesitated to say I love you.
He cherished his family, his friends, his colleagues and his dog Maggie. He is loved beyond words and will be missed forever.
He is survived by his parents and sister, Kate, all of Gorham; the paternal grandparents, Tom and Bernadine Dupuis of Limerick, the maternal grandparents, Richard and Donna Wright of Bangor; aunts and uncles, Rick Wright of Brewer; Ray and Sophie Wright of Cumberland, Charlie and Elena Dupuis of Saco, Melanie DiLorenzo of Saco, Jessica and Robert Ireton-Hewitt of Stuart, Fla., Heather Dupuis of Gorham and Nick and Charlotte Wilson of Saco; and many cousins.
There will be a private celebration of life. A tour will be held on Saturday, October 3 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Ted Carter’s Residence, 99 Cousins Road, Buxton, Maine 04093. Participants are encouraged to wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines. To honor Jake’s vibrant spirit, a colorful outfit is suggested.
Arrangements are managed by Gorham Chapel of Dolby Blais and Segee, 76 State St., Gorham, ME 04038. To express your condolences or to participate in Jake’s online tribute, please visit http://www.DolbyBlaisSegee.com.
Instead of flowers, consider donating to a Jacob’s Memorial Scholarship Fund. Donations can be sent to
Gorham Savings Bank,
64 Main Street,
Gorham, ME, 04038
Venmo Scholarship @JakePDupuisMemorialScholarship.