OBITUARY

Leo "Pete" Gallant Jr.

January 5, 1939March 20, 2019
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Rumford – On March 20th the first day of spring, Leo “Pete” Gallant, Jr. surrounded by his family left this world to be with the Lord. He was born in Rumford, Maine on January 5, 1939 a son of Dorothy R. (Childs) and Leo J. Gallant, Sr. Pete was a graduate of Mexico High School Class of 1958, and played Varsity football, baseball and basketball. He proudly served his country in the US Navy as a 2nd Class Petty Officer on the US Destroyer USS Hawkings. Pete married the love of his life Fern (Beauchesne) on February 6, 1965, together they have celebrated 54 years. He was employed with Diamond Match Company in Peru and Forster Mill in Wilton. Pete was a communicant of Parish of the Holy Savior. He coached Little League for the Dixfield A’s Team for many years with his brother and best friend, Gig, and their buddy Danny Rand. Pete was a member of the American Legion, the Snowshoe Club, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles. He never missed an event that involved his grandchildren. He was so proud of anything they participated in. He helped his children any way he could from watching the dogs, babysitting his grandchildren, or watching over the camp. He absolutely loved helping his son in laws throw firewood in the fall. Pete loved watching sports, especially the New England Patriots on Sunday Afternoon, and his favorite baseball team the Boston Red Sox. He was often seen walking the streets of Dixfield early in the morning, or getting water at the spring in Peru. It was always “a good day” when he was having a beer with his family and friends. Pete is survived by his wife, Fern of 54 years, daughters, Heidi Steele and husband Mark of Rumford, Gidget Ellis and husband Ronnie of Carthage, his son Peter Gallant and his wife Kyrstal of Deltona, Fl, grandchildren, Curtis and Connor Steele, Dylan and Alyssa Ellis, and Nathan Gallant, and a sister Peggy Dickson of Mexico. He was predeceased by his parents, as well as his brother, David L. Gallant. A Heartfelt Thank you to Anthony Stanley, originally of Dixfield, who went out of his way to fly Peter, Pete’s son, into Bethel Airport so he could be with his Dad before his passing. Also a special Thank you to all the nurses who cared for Pete in the ICU at Rumford Hospital, especially Deb F., Katie F., and Katie B.

  • FAMILY

  • Leo Joseph Gallant Sr., Father
  • Dorothy Rose (Childs) Gallant, Mother
  • Fern (Beauchesne) Gallant, Wife
  • Heidi Steele & Husband Mark, Daughter
  • Gidget Ellis & Husband Ronnie, Daughter
  • Peter Gallant & Wife Krystal, Son
  • Curtis & Connor Steele, Grandsons
  • Dylan & Alyssa Ellis, Grandchildren
  • Nathan Gallant, Grandson
  • Peggy Dickson, Sister
  • David L. Gallant, Brother

Services

  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, March 29, 2019
REMEMBERING

Leo "Pete" Gallant Jr.

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Sarah Russell

March 25, 2019

Dear Fern and Family:
I can remember Pete from way back when he stayed with my sister and her husband on Maple Street in Rumford. He so enjoyed visiting with them and always had a kind heart and was so good to the kids. He will be missed by so many.
Thinking of you all at this very sad time.

Always, Sarah

Mark Thompson

March 23, 2019

We are so sorry for your loss. Pete was a gentle and kind man. I had a lot of fun with him at hunting camp. He always got up about 4 am and started burning our eggs. Then he sat quietly until the rest of us got up. He will be missed.

Fred& Doris Stone

March 23, 2019

Fern, our condolences to you and the family.
Pete was a dear friend of ours and will miss him and the good times we had.

Linda/Brad Frost

March 23, 2019

Fern
Thinking of you and your Family.
We are proud to have called Pete a friend. Will miss seeing him walking by the house
most every morning. Will always remember the fun in Myrtle Beach.
R.I.P. Pete
Love, Linda & Brad

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