BAR HARBOR – John “Jack” Ernest Pelletier Sr., 75, died Jan. 18, 2013, at Mount Desert Island Hospital. He was born Aug. 19, 1937, the son of Ernest J. and Ruby E. (Fish) Pelletier.
Raised in Needham, Mass., he attended Boston University. His education was interrupted by a tour of duty in the U.S. Navy, but later he earned his degree in education at Keene State College in New Hampshire, where he met his wife of 45 years, Nancy Eck. Jack taught in Milford, Mass., before coming to Bar Harbor in 1967 to build and operate The Anchorage Motel with his brother, Paul “Skip” Pelletier. He was a Lions Club member for many years. He also belonged to Bar Harbor Yacht Club and volunteered with the Habitat for Humanity organization. As a veteran he enjoyed working with Bar Harbor American Legion Post No. 25.
Jack is survived by his wife, Nancy (Eck) Pelletier; two sons, Jay Pelletier and wife, Rachel, and Evan Pelletier and wife, Amy, all of Bar Harbor; a daughter, Jill Pelletier and partner, Erin Damon, of Portland; two granddaughters, Janna and Elsa; a brother, Paul “Skip” Pelletier and wife, Kay, of Bar Harbor; two sisters-in-law, Marcia Brolli of Sheffield, Mass., and Susan Hill and husband, Donn, of Westford, Mass.; a niece, Laurie Suydam; nephew, Dana Pelletier; and many dear friends in Florida.
A private celebration of his life will be held at a later date. The family suggests that those who desire may make contributions in Jack’s memory to Leukemia Research Foundation, 3520 Lake Ave., Suite 202, Wilmette, IL 60091. Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mount Desert. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.