Bernard Louis Bernie DuPlessis Jr., a loving father and devoted husband, died Oct. 29, at age 85 in Oxford, PA.
He was born in Newark, NJ, the son of Bernard L. and Margaret Browne DuPlessis. He moved to North Carolina a short time later. He graduated from R. J. Reynolds High School in Winston-Salem and North Carolina State College in Raleigh.
He was a captain in the US Army Reserve, serving on active duty in Germany from 1956-57. He was an industrial engineer for DuPont where he worked for 37 years in Richmond, VA, Chattanooga, TN, and Wilmington, DE. He retired from DuPont in 1991. For the next 20 years he and his wife ran Traditional Papercutting.
Bernie actively served his community and church throughout his life. He was an adult leader in the Boy Scouts for over 10 years and coached youth baseball. He served on the Parish Council at St. Mary of the Assumption. The Delaware House of Representatives recognized him for his service with the Edgemoor Community Center. He served on the board of the Guild of American Papercutters.
He was predeceased in 1990 by his wife of 33 years, Caryl Dixon DuPlessis. Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Faye Henry DuPlessis; his brother John (Kitty) DuPlessis of Elizabethtown, KY, his sister Rosanne (Robert) Schenck, of Cary, NC; his children, Bernard (Leslie) DuPlessis III of Newark, DE, Anne (Michael) Darrouzet of Dallas, TX, James of Columbia, SC., Susan DuPlessis of Columbia, Thomas (Linda) DuPlessis of Pittsburgh, PA, and David (Edith) of Newark; his step-children, David (Debbie) Harber of Las Vegas, NV, Norris (Mark) Heintzelman of Wilmington, DE; 17 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren.
A visitation will be held on Friday, November 2, 2018 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the McCrery & Harra Funeral Home, 3710 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE 19808. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow on Saturday, November 3rd at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Angels Catholic Church, 82 Possum Park Road, Newark, DE 19711. Burial will be in All Saints Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of a contribution to Catholic Charities or an organization of the donors choice. To send condolences visit: www.mccreryandharra.com.