Talk:William "Duke" Ducharme

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"WEST SPRINGFIELD – William M. "Duke" Ducharme, 83, a member of

the World Drum Corps and the Massachusetts Drum Corps Halls of Fame was Called Safely Home on Sunday, September 18, 2005 from the Heritage Hall South Nursing Home in Agawam where he received compassionate care for the past four years. He was born in Springfield on July 11, 1922, a beloved son of the late William H. and Nora C. (Kennedy) Ducharme. He was raised in Springfield and was a graduate of Sacred Heart Elementary School, Cathedral High School, Class of 1940, and the Springfield Trade School. He lived in Springfield for 67 years before moving to West Springfield in 1989. He served his country in the United States Army during World War II and attained the rank of Corporal. He served as a Cryptographic Technician with the 4025th Signal Service Group. He participated in the battles of New Guinea and Luzon and was the Drum Major for three Army Bands. He received the Asiatic Pacific Theater Campaign Ribbon, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with a Bronze Service Star and the World War II Victory Medal. Following his military service, he was employed by the Springfield Armory as a purchasing agent and production controller and was the foreman in the armament department at the General Electric Company. He also served on the security staff at Baypath College and worked for Fleetwood, and Master Records producing indoor junior and senior drum corps shows. He sang and played bass for twenty years as a member of the Blue Notes, a local dance band. Duke began his long association with drum corps in 1933 with the Our Lady of Hope Fife and Drum Corps, a junior corps, and later served as marching instructor and drum major of the Major J. J. Leonard V. F. W. Post 70 Bugle and Drum Corps and the 104th Infantry National Guard Band while he was still in high school . He joined the American Legion Post 21 Senior Corps, founded the Post 70 Dukes M & M Corps in 1953 and formed the Springfield Marksmen Drum and Bugle Corps in 1956. He served on the Boards of Directors of the Targets, Patrick Triggs Post VFW Drum Corps, St. George Olympians Corps, Mt. Carmel Fife and Drum Corps and the Holyoke All-City Corps. He was secretary and president of the Massachusetts Fifers and Drummers Circuit, secretary, treasurer and president of the Northeastern M & M Circuit and was president and chair of the Northeastern Circuit Convention which he began at Riverside Park in Agawam. Duke later became a judge for drum corps competitions for the Massachusetts and Connecticut Fife and Drum Circuit, Yankee V & B Circuit, Northeastern M & M Circuit, CYO Corps and was the Vice State Commander of the Massachusetts Chapter of All American judges. He was a writer for several drum corps publications including Drum Corps World, Drum Corps Digest and All-American National News and was a featured speaker at several national and international drum corps functions. Duke personally established and funded Duke's Drum Corps Connection Scholarships, a program to enable student participants in drum corps throughout the United States to continue their musical education in college. For his numerous contributions to drum corps activities, he was elected to the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame in 1990 and the Massachusetts Hall of Fame in 1993. He was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church in Springfield and served his parish as an usher for many years. He was a member of the American Legion Post 207 in West Springfield, the Knights of Columbus Elder Council 69 in Chicopee and a past commander and member of the VFW Post 70 of Springfield. He leaves his close friends and care-givers, Maryanne and Walter Isham of Springfield, Darcy and Ruth Davis, Thomas J. Splaine and Priscilla Pelletier, all of Agawam. He also leaves his many friends and the staff at Heritage Hall South who so lovingly cared for him during his long illness. His funeral will be held Saturday morning, September 24, 2005 at 8:30 a.m. from the St. Pierre – Phaneuf Springfield Chapels, 7 Chapin Terrace at the corner of Chestnut Street in Springfield followed by a Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Sacred Heart Church. His burial with Drum Corps and Military Honors will follow the Mass at Saint Jerome Cemetery on Northampton Street in Holyoke. His friends are invited to attended visiting hours at the funeral home in the Chapin Chapel on Friday, September 23, 2005 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Duke requested that memorial donations be made in his memory to the Sacred Heart Church Renovation Fund, 395 Chestnut Street, Springfield, MA 01104 or to the Marksmen Drum and Bugle Corps, PO Box 3713, Springfield, MA 01101-3713. Published in The Republican on 9/22/2005. "