ELIZABETHTOWN -Alden "Chuck," "Coach," Dumas of Keene Valley, a former well-known teacher, coach and athletic director at Keene Central School, died Monday, June 11, 2012, at his home.
He was born on Aug. 18, 1940, in Tupper Lake, the son of Leonard Dumas and Margaret (Hinkson) Dumas.
Besides his loving wife, Pauline, he leaves a son Matt and his wife Barbara of Keene; and a son Andy and his wife Michelle of Jefferson; plus four grandchildren (whom he was very proud of): Alexandra, Brandon, Alexa Ruth and Kara Grace.
He was predeceased by his parents, a brother, Frank, and a beloved son, Jay.
Alden graduated from Tupper Lake High School in 1958. He participated in many sports, he was a class officer, as well as a member of the drama club and the National Honor Society, among other things. He graduated from Cortland State in 1962 with a major in physical education and a minor in science.
In 1961 he married Pauline Passino in Tupper Lake, initiating one of the greatest love affairs in history.
In the fall of 1962 he took a job teaching science at McGraw High School in Cortland County. He also coached soccer and basketball.
In 1970, he arrived at Keene Central School in Keene Valley, teaching gym classes as well as classroom assignments. He also served as athletic director, and coached both boys and girls teams in soccer and basketball. He coached boys' baseball as well. He developed impressive teams at both McGraw and Keene Central.
He was instrumental in the establishment of National Honor Society chapters at two schools: McGraw High School in 1966, and Keene Central in 1982.
Once he arrived in Keene Valley, he and his son Matt were enthralled by the High Peaks. Alden is 46er #840, joining 8-year-old Matt, who finished with him.
Alden had many hobbies, including hunting, fishing, bowling, family tree research, baseball history and Civil War battle history. He was president of Packard Club, a hunting camp in the western Adirondacks.
He was an author, publishing two novels: an Adirondack action-adventure, "Mists of the Couchsacrage," and a western, "Sons of the Double-J." Both are available on the Internet and at the Dumas home.
He was a collector of movies, especially vintage ones. He had a massive collection of early rock, pop, and country music. He did some gigs as a DJ.
He and Pauline are founding members of the Wild Center museum in Tupper Lake.
He was a member of the Keene Valley Fire Department for more than 25 years, acting as Secretary and a member of the Board of Directors as well.
He and Pauline toured the U.S. and Canada, basically living in their pickup truck. They enjoyed great experiences in nearly every state in the union. Their last journey was a road tour of Alaska and a cruise down the Pacific Coast to Vancouver.
Pauline and he celebrated 50 years of marriage in June 2011 with a wonderful party at the Ausable Inn in Keene Valley. Many friends, relatives and former students attended; some traveling long distances.
He was proud of his life's work, very proud of his family, and all of the friends he made down through the years. During his long battle with ALS he was very appreciative of all of the messages he received on Facebook and email.
Calling hours were held Wednesday June 13 at the W.M. Marvin Funeral Home in Elizabethtown. A funeral service was scheduled at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 14 at the Keene Central School Gymnasium. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family.
Due to his diagnosis of ALS, he fought through anxiety and a deep depression. In lieu of flowers, you may consider sending a donation to the ALS Association, Greater New York Chapter, 42 Broadway, Suite 1724, New York, NY 10004. Be sure to mention the Alden Dumas family (c/o Pauline) with your contribution with their address (P.O. Box 535, Keene Valley, NY 12943).
For online condolences, visit www.wmmarvins.com.