Joseph William Dufort


Joseph William Dufort, born May 2, 1948, passed away suddenly on Sept. 3, 2019. Joe was the fourth of nine children born to Harold R. Dufort and Marion Derochie Dufort of Malone, N.Y. Joe graduated from Franklin Academy in Malone in 1966 and went on to study at Jefferson Community College before enlisting in the U.S. Army in April 1968. A true patriot who loved his country, Joe bravely served in Vietnam during his time on active duty and continued his service in the U.S. Army Reserve, 310th Field Hospital in Malone.
On Aug. 1, 1981, Joe married the love of his life, Gisele Charlebois, and together they enjoyed 38 years of happiness, fulfillment and the support of each other. Joe was a member of the American Legion, the Malone Amvets and a longtime member of the Malone Golf Club where he enjoyed the companionship, laughter and good times with his many friends. Joe was a devoted Catholic attending weekly Masses in the various churches of the St. Andre Parish in Malone. He was an avid sports fan, who enjoyed watching and vigorously supporting the NY Yankees and the Syracuse Orange. Joe also had a passion for reading, enjoying all books especially those on History.
Joe is survived by his devoted wife, Gisele, son, Ryan (Magda) Dufort of California and daughter, Katie (Jay) Walsh of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and his three beloved grandsons Luka, London and Lennox Dufort of California, sisters Janice (David) Hourihan of Glens Falls, Sue Ellen Brown of Syracuse and Mary (Mark Yando) McGrath, Malone and brothers Stephen (Claire) Dufort, Malone and William (Anne) Dufort of Dublin, Ohio. He is also survived by many sisters-in-law including Lee Dufort, Malone, brothers-in-law as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. Joe was predeceased by his parents Harold and Marion Dufort, mother and father-in-law, Marguerite and Paul Charlebois, a sister, Cheryl Dufort and brothers Barry Dufort and Lynn Dufort.
Calling hours are planned for this Friday afternoon, September 6th, from 4 to 7 p.m. at St. Mary-Murphy-Wilcox Funeral Home in Malone and a Christian Mass will be held at Notre Dame Church in Malone at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. A Christian burial in Notre Dame Cemetery will follow the Mass. Among other charities, Joe was a supporter of the American Heart Association and the Wounded Warrior Project for anyone wishing to make a donation.
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Published on September 4, 2019
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Jerry Rohr
Sep 14, 2019
Joe and I served in Vietnam and kept in touch via social media. Joe was always quick to lend kind words of support no matter the topic on our army website. What a fine, Christian man.
Nathan Griffin
Sep 13, 2019
Giselle, I want to offer mine and my family’s most sincere condolences on the loss of your husband. I recall nothing but the fondest memories of kindness from Joe. As did an army of other young men and women who called your 2nd St. house their second home because of hospitality and unconditional love to all the friends of Ryan and Katie.

Katie, I am so sorry. My family’s prayers are with you and your family tonight.

And Ryan, typing your name made my face well up with tears, but I am so sorry. Your Dad was a giant. A father figure to me when mine wasn’t around and I remember him and you with such fondness and love. I’m just so sorry, Ryan. I could always tell that his heart wa
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Karl and Julia Hartmann
Sep 08, 2019
Dear Gisele,
Please accept Karl and myself in our sincere sympathy for your loss of Joey.
Karl and I have many memories of Joey from the 50’s. Joey knew my brother Jim Hefti who passed away several years ago, until we moved in 1978. Please know you and your family are in our prayers.
Most Kindly,
Julie Hartmann ( Hefti)
Phyllis/Jeff Gonyea
Sep 06, 2019
We are lifting you all up in prayer... 🙏🙏
Carla and Steve Yando
Sep 06, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Ron and Cindy Howell
Sep 06, 2019
Thinking of all of you at this difficult time.
Cynthia Howell
Sep 06, 2019
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Toni Newman
Sep 06, 2019
I was a pleasure to have served with Joe at the 310th Field Hospital in Malone. Thank you for assisting the vets needing assistance with their military matters. I salute you Brother in Arms! Thank you for the kind comforting words at my Father's funeral as you served as an Honor Guard. You will be missed by many Joe! Prayers and God Bless to all of the family.
Toni Newman
Sep 06, 2019
Great to serve with you at the 310th Field Hospital Joe. May you Rest In Peace. I salute you Sir and thank you for your caring words to me when my father passed and you were an Honor Guard.
Greg and Faith Shortal
Sep 06, 2019
Gisele, Ryan, and Katie-So very sorry to hear about Joe's passing. What a wonderful man and friend. He will truly be missed by so many. We will always remember Joe's amazing, heart warming smile and his renditions of Garth Brooks at the class reunions. God Bless.
Bob Trombley
Sep 06, 2019
so sorry for your loss! Prayers
Betty and Jerry LaHart
Sep 06, 2019
So sorry to hear about Joe’s passing.
He will be greatly missed.
Betty and Jerry
Nicole Conschafter
Sep 06, 2019
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Beatriz Bueno
Sep 05, 2019
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SSG Randall (Retired)
Sep 05, 2019
It breaks my heart to hear of Joe’s passing. He was a great soldier to follow. He will be missed by many. May his family know they are in my prayers and Joe is in Heaven at peace. Thank you Joe for all you taught me.
Dan Benardot
Sep 05, 2019
A true friend to many who will be missed by all who knew him.
Becky Black Preminger
Sep 05, 2019
So sorry to hear about your brother. Will have many memories of our high school years. My thoughts are with you & all the family
Dan Dumrese Randall
Sep 05, 2019
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Tom Owen
Sep 05, 2019
Prayers to the family
Kristine Derochie Fikes.
Sep 05, 2019
Heartbroken for the entire family, such a sudden loss of an amazing man. May God wrap everyone in His loving arms and give us peace. Soar on eagle's wings, Joey.
Angela & Skip Tatro
Sep 05, 2019
Our most sincere condolences to all of Joe's family. He was a very special guy. May God bless you all.
JoEllen Wright
Sep 05, 2019
So very sorry for your loss. We will all miss him at the golf course. He was a great person.🙏🙏🙏
Chet Daugherty
Sep 05, 2019
My sympathy to the family. Rest in peace my brother.
Amy Tyler
Sep 05, 2019
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Sep 05, 2019
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