1924 – 2013
RUMFORD — Roland A. Pelletier Sr., 88, of Waldo Street, Rumford, died Friday, Jan. 25, at the Rumford Hospital.
He was born in Rumford on Sept. 11, 1924, the son of Joseph and Emelia (Martin) Pelletier, and attended Rumford Schools. During World War II he served in the U.S. Navy as a ship’s cook 2c from 1943 to 1946, including overseas in the Asiatic Pacific and Philippines.
Roland worked on the Supercalenders as a helper and operator at Boise Cascade Paper Co. for more than 44 years, until retirement in 1986. He also worked part time for more than 20 years at Puiia Hardware and Lumber Co., had his own business called Roland’s T.V. Antenna Installations for many years and helped his wife with her business of Helen Pelletier Catering Service from 1972-1992.
He was a communicant of Parish of the Holy Savior, St. Athanasius — St. John Church, member of Napoleon Ouellette Post No. 24, American Legion, and Robert Shand Post No. 1641, VFW. He was formerly president of Concord Pond Campers Association in Woodstock. He especially enjoyed hunting, fishing and woodworking and bingo with his friends.
He was married in Mexico on Jan. 11, 1947, to the former Helen LeBlanc, who survives of Rumford. Other survivors include sons, Roland Pelletier Jr and wife, Judy, of South Rumford, and Paul Pelletier and wife, Jackie, of South Rumford; daughters, Margaret Hardy and husband, Michael, of Jacksonville, Fla., Kathleen Voter and husband, Colin, of West Peru, Lorraine Milligan and husband, Brian, of North Rumford, and Georgette Hodgson and husband, Steven, of Rumford; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; a sister, Pearl LaBerge of Gray; a brother, Omer Pelletier and wife, Doris, of Rumford; and his dog, “Bingo.”
He was predeceased by a twin son, Thomas Joseph Pelletier, who died in 1951.
Friends are invited to sign the family guest book and share their thoughts, condolences and memories at www.meaderandson.com.