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Maurice Dastous, 88, of Seabrook, NH, peacefully passed away on October 10, 2020, at Lawrence General Hospital. The son of the late Edmund and Rosalita (Courcy) Dastous, he was born in Lowell, MA.
Raised in Lowell with his three brothers and sister, Maurice spent his high school years in Orleans, VT. Religion was very important to him and his family as they were devout Catholics and never missed mass. In fact, his plan early on was to become a priest and his sister became a nun.
An intelligent young man, Maurice received a scholarship to the University of Vermont. After attending college for a short time, he realized it was not his passion and decided to join the Air force. After serving four years in the Air force during the Korean War, he registered to go into the Seminary but arrived too late on the first day. However, the next day he met the love of his life, Carol, and his future plans changed. They had a whirlwind romance and were married within a year. They made their home in Lawrence, MA where they lived for over twenty-five years and raised their beloved three children. For many years, the family vacationed entire summers at Salisbury Beach. Maurice was a dedicated family man, who always enjoyed spending time with his wife, kids, and grandchildren.
After receiving a BS in Accounting from Boston University, Maurice worked for twenty-eight years at Raytheon, first as an accountant and later as a computer programmer. He also worked as a tax preparer on the side preparing returns from his house.
Maurice enjoyed worshipping at Sacred Heart Parish in Lawrence as well as Star of the Sea Parish in Salisbury. He was an enthusiastic member of the church choirs with a beautiful alto voice. He also assisted during mass as a Eucharistic minister. In addition, he worshipped God by donating all his tax preparer income to charities, visiting nursing homes, volunteering at Bread & Roses and other charities in need.
Maurice will be deeply missed and is survived by his wife, Carol (Desimone) Dastous; children, Carolyn DiGiovine and her husband, Arthur of Waltham, MA, David Dastous and his wife, Martha of Salisbury, MA, Steven Dastous and his wife, Marjorie of Derry, NH; grandchildren, Kristen, Maria and her husband, William, Robert, Jennifer and her husband, Joseph, Anna and her husband, Stephen, Julia, Grace, Steven and his wife, Stephanie, and Kenneth; great-grandchildren, Angelo, Emily, Cameron, Levi, Colton, and Georgia Lee. Along with several nieces and nephews. Along with his parents, Maurice was predeceased by his siblings, Leo Dastous, Lucian Dastous, Sister Jeanette Dastous, and Paul Dastous.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Maurice’s family between the hours of 8:30-10:30 AM on Saturday, October 17, 2020, at Cataudella Funeral Home, 126 Pleasant Valley Street in Methuen. A service will take place at the funeral home at 10:30 AM. Burial will follow at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Lawrence, MA.