Mr. Tupper was the son of Arthur and Emma (Bauyer) Tupper of New Bedford. He had come to the city with his family in 1952 and had been fishing ever since. He was an Army veteran of World War II and a communicant of St. Lawrence Church.
In addition to his parents, he was survived by his brother, Arthur W.; a sister, Aldea Tupper; and a nephew and two nieces, all of New Bedford.
The Doris Gertrude, with a crew of eleven, was dragging for scallops on the south side of Georges Bank on January 13 when bad weather caused her to secure her fishing gear and jog in location approximately 150 miles east by south of Pollock Rip Lightship. The vessel was not seen again.
On January 26, the owner of the ship reported to the Coast Guard Rescue Coordination Center in Boston that the Doris Gertrude was overdue. A Coast Guard search continued until February 3. None of the men's bodies were recovered. Eighteen children were left fatherless.