October 29, 1930 – May 23, 2020
Patrick Pelletier, 89, of Peru, Maine, passed away peacefully early Saturday, May 23, 2020, at his home following a brief illness, surrounded by his loving family. Patrick was born on October 29, 1930 in Winterville, ME, the son of Joseph and Rose Ann (Raymond) Pelletier. The eighth of thirteen children, he grew up working with his father in the woods surrounding St Froid Lake in northern Aroostook County. He served his country well as a US Army Infantryman during the Korean War, earning the Korean Service Medal and six Bronze Service Stars, and again later as a Tank Commander in the US Army National Guard. Upon returning from Korea, Patrick quickly caught the eye of the love of his life, Eileen McGowan, in the mailroom of Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Co. in East Hartford CT. They married on May 15, 1954 and together celebrated 63 years of marriage before Eileen passed away on May 8, 2017. Patrick raised his family as an always independent and self-employed logging contractor. He was a hard worker, loved the outdoors and was a particularly skillful fisherman. He instilled a strong work ethic and the love of the outdoors in all his children, with regular family weekend jaunts of picnics, gold panning, and trout fishing in the woods, lakes and streams of Oxford County. He especially loved traveling to remote areas in his pickup camper with Eileen, taking several extended cross-country trips across the US and Canada, following retirement. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 24 in Rumford and the Knights of Columbus Patrick was a devoted family man and is survived by his six children: Steve Pelletier and his wife, Mary, of Topsham, ME; Patty Pelletier of Tyler, TX; Sheila McMillan of Oxford, ME; Gail Zeringue of Lafayette, LA; Clayton Pelletier and his partner, Tammy Waugh, of Rumford, ME; and Tom and Kelly Pelletier, of Mexico, ME, as well as 24 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother, Richard Pelletier of Andover, ME. His presence, life perspective, and stubborn independence, along with his 4 PM social hour, will be forever missed. The family would like to thank the Androscoggin Home Health Care Hospice, and particularly Tammy Bean, RN, as well as Tammy Waugh, for their invaluable care and assistance during Dad’s final days. Private Graveside Services will be held at Maine Veteran’s Cemetery in Augusta. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Peru Food Pantry - one of Patrick’s favorite charities. Please make checks payable to the United Baptist Church of Peru at 98 Main Street, PO Box 22, Peru, ME 04290. Please include “Servant’s Heart Food Pantry” on the memo line.
- In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Peru Food Pantry - one of Patrick’s favorite charities. Please make checks payable to the United Baptist Church of Peru at 98 Main Street, PO Box 22, Peru, ME 04290. Please include “Servant’s Heart Food Pantry” on the memo line.
Private Graveside Services will be held at Maine Veteran’s Cemetery in Augusta.
May 31, 2020
So many loving memories of Pat and Eileen and the wonderful in-laws they were to me as well as the loving grandparents they always were to my children. My heartfelt sympathies to the family. My thoughts are with you all. Love and hugs to the Pelletier clan.
May 30, 2020
Deepest condolences to all. Mr P was a fine man, always had a good word when you met. Many years ago, as Lee Ann and I were leaving on our honeymoon, we stopped in on Mr & Mrs P. Pat was readying his fishing boat as we pulled into the driveway. We chatted a bit, then out came my wine glasses and we toasted life and happiness. I'll never forget that moment. He will be missed.
May 26, 2020
Steve,Patty,Sheila,Gail,Clayton and Tom so sorry to hear of your farther’s passing. Pat was a large part of my growing up in good old Peru and he was loved and respected by my family . He was a surrogate father to us boys at times and influenced how we grew up. May Pat Rest In Peace having touched many of us in a positive way.