PORTLAND and FORT KENT – Ronald Pelletier, 88, died July 21, 2011, at The Cedar’s Rehabilitation Facility, Portland. He was born April 23, 1923, in Daigle, the son of Willie and Laura (Pelletier) Pelletier.
Ronald was reunited with his beloved wife, Pearl Doris, who predeceased him in 1986. They were married for nearly 40 years. He worked extremely hard all his life to provide for his large family. Ronald had many occupations during his working life, starting out as a potato farmer on the Caribou Road, Fort Kent. He also did lumber work, and owned and operated his own trucks. He worked construction for many years as a pipe fitter. He retired from Great Northern Paper Co. in 1988, working in the north Maine woods on their road crew. During his pre-retirement years, Ronald enjoyed gardening, hunting and heating his house with firewood. He always planted a huge garden every year. Particularly noteworthy, he had a passion for watching his children compete in athletics. He loved traveling with his dear wife, driving countless miles to watch his children compete in athletics throughout New England and sometimes national events in other states and Canada. If you wanted Ronald’s attention, all you had to do was ask him a question about how one of his children performed during an athletic event. He loved spending time with family at his camp on Cross Lake, watching everyone participate in different water sports and activities. After Ronald’s retirement he continued to enjoy spending time with his family and relaxing at his camp. He enjoyed traveling throughout the country to visit family, specifically his children and grandchildren. He also loved to travel with a beloved friend. And of course, he unequivocally cherished every moment he could watch a grandchild compete in athletics. It is also important to highlight that he frequently enjoyed the friendship, fellowship and lunches at Fort Kent Senior Citizen Center.
He is survived by eight children, Deana Pelletier and her husband, Claude, of Flowermound, Texas, Daniel Pelletier and his wife, Pamela, of Belgrade Lakes, Bruce Pelletier and his wife, Jacqueline, of Presque Isle, Leueen Bostick and her husband, Tom, of Headland, Ala., Romey Pelletier and his wife, Sarah, of San Antonio, Sammy Pelletier and his wife, Susan, of Wells, Odette Pelletier and her husband, Darryl, of Caribou and Maynard Pelletier and his wife, Lorrie, of Charleston; 24 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; two sisters, Jill Englert of South Carolina and Sister Dolores Pelletier of Long Island, N.Y.; and one brother, Jean Paul Pelletier of Daigle. In addition to his wife, Pearl (Pelletier) Pelletier, who died in 1986, he was predeceased by two sons, Boyd Pelletier, in 1972, and John Pelletier, in 1976; one sister, Odette Roy; one brother, Romeal "Romey" Pelletier; and a beloved friend, Yolande Morin.
Friends may call 6-8 p.m. Tuesday and 8-9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Daigle Funeral Home, Fort Kent. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Louis Catholic Church, Fort Kent. A graveside service will be afterward at Holy Family Cemetery, Daigle. In lieu of flowers, friends and family are encouraged to donate to a fund established to help Ronald’s granddaughter, who is struggling with Lyme disease and currently undergoing treatment in Washington, D.C. Checks may be made to Laura Pelletier Lyme Treatment/ Ronald Pelletier Memorial, Kennebunk Savings Bank, P.O. Box 369, North Berwick, ME 03906. Thank you!