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FRAMINGHAM – Margaret A. “Peg” (Major) Dugan, 83, treasured mother, sister and friend and a longtime resident of Framingham died March 7, 2022, with her family by her side.

Born in Pittsfield, she was the daughter of the late Thomas & Isabelle (St. John) Major, and the beloved wife of Frederick C. “Rick” Dugan.

Peg was raised and educated in Lee – starting out in one room schoolhouse and later graduating from Lee High School.  She met Rick while he was working at the local Friendly’s and she was working at GE, they married in 1958 and settled in Springfield where they started their family.

After a few years in Ludlow, Rick’s job brought them to Framingham, where they settled permanently.   Their home provided a source of infinite comfort, pleasure and pride for Peg, and she generously & happily shared it during countless gatherings of family and friends.

While raising their children, Peg’s skills as an exceptional seamstress was a thriving home business, with many customers who became friends.   

Once her youngest turned 10, she went to work at Natick Labs – eventually progressing to the Executive Assistant to the Technical Director of the Natick Labs until her retirement.   She loved her work and all of the people that it brought into her life.

With a passion for geography combined with an insatiable hunger to learn about the people she’d meet along the way, Peg always enjoyed travel, and inspired her entire family to be bitten with the travel Bug!    When the family was young she found ways to stretch the budget to create fantastic camping vacations exploring everything from hiking trails along the Kancamangus to historic sites thru Pennsylvania, DC, Virginia & North Carolina.  As the years went by, she & Rick enjoyed trips across the country to visit family & friends from Kamloops BC to Europe. She hiked the Grand Canyon from the North Rim to the South Rim.   For several years she walked the Boston Marathon with the Boston Marathon Walkers from Natick Labs. 

From Wingaersheek in Gloucester to Long Lake in Maine and far away to the beaches of Barbados – Peg found a special bliss at the beach.  Peg loved art and was an avid and accomplished painter herself.   She took pride in her grandchildren and had a way of cherishing them by spending time with each grandchild one on one.

Extravagance was not part of Peg’s world, but the richness of her life was remarkable.   Family, friends and moments shared making memories… She lived every day to the fullest, always willing to find a way to adjust to the path accordingly.

Besides her husband Rick, Peg is survived by her daughters, Susan A. Paradis & her longtime partner, Greg Murphy of Lunenburg, Kathleen M. Dugan & her husband Michael Barrett of Lunenburg, and Maureen E, Becker & her husband Kevin of Peabody, her cherished grandchildren, Kevin Paradis & his wife Heather, Kayla Paradis, Jared Smith & his partner Kory Desmond, Samantha Barrett, Joshua Becker & his wife Cahla, Katherine Barrett, and Margaret Becker, her great grandchildren, Jace Becker and Dax Paradis, her sister, Marilyn Whitmarsh & her husband Ronnie, and many nieces and nephews.

Peg was predeceased by her son Lawrence A. Dugan, and her sisters Eileen Buzzanco, and Nancy Mandell.

Her family wishes to thank the wonderful team of doctors, including Dr. Kinzfogl, Dr. Mela, Dr. Dec and Dr. Howe.  Their brilliance, care and compassion guided Peg to live her life to the fullest during many years of serious illness.

Family and friends will honor and remember Peg’s life by gathering for visiting hours in the McCarthy, McKinney & Lawler Funeral Home, 11 Lincoln St. Framingham on Sunday, March 13 from 1 – 5 p.m.

Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday morning in St. Anselm Church, 100 Landham Rd., Sudbury at 11 o’clock. Interment will be private.

It was Peg’s wish that in lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in her name to:

For online tributes or to share a memory with the Dugan Family, kindly visit 

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.