EAST MILLINOCKET -- Leonide "Leo" J. Pelletier, 79, died peacefully April 3, 2007. He was born September 28, 1927, in St. Quentin, New Brunswick, son of Antoine Pelletier and Marie-Anne (Fournier) Pelletier.
He worked in the Bath Shipyard as an electrician, 1943-1945; followed the Ross Manning Carnival Circuit, 1945-47; and worked for FX Marcotte Appliances and Furniture, 1948-53. He had been self-employed ever since doing floor maintenance, mechanics, appliance repair, auctioneer, as well as owner and operator of Leo's Sandwich and Pizza Shop. Leo enjoyed working with wood, building, playing cards, bowling, mechanical challenges of all sorts, and visiting with family and friends. He was always ready with a helping hand, a listening ear, and a well-cooked meal.
He was predeceased by his parents; his stepmother, Donia (Larouche) Pelletier; his first wife, Eveline (Samson) Pelletier and their three children: Gerard L. Pelletier, Patricia A.M. Pelletier, and Maurice J. Pelletier; five brothers: Laurent Pelletier, Patrick Pelletier, Alphee Pelletier, Rene Pelletier, and Percy Pelletier; and four sisters: Bertha Lavoie, Rita Wood, Marielle Voisine, and Nicole Pelletier.
He is survived by his wife, Antonia (Cesare) Pelletier; two sons: Jim and Jay Pelletier of East Millinocket; a daughter-in-law, Linda Pelletier of Sabattus and her children: Leo G. Pelletier and Jennifer Bowden of Phoenix, Eric and Heather Pelletier and sons, Evan and Cameron, of Pennsylvania, Robert Pelletier and Ronni-Jo Twist of Bangor; and a daughter-in-law, Judy Pelletier and children, Michelle and Gary Hood and sons, Tristan, Austin, and Alexander of Lebanon, Denise Pelletier and daughters, Taylor and Olivia. He is also survived by 10 brothers: Fern and wife, Irene, of Lewiston, Leonard and wife, Pauline, of Auburn, Clarence and wife, Claudette, of Lewiston, Lucien and wife, Charlene, of Oxford, Laurier, Donald, Yves, Gaetane, Gilles and Michel of Quebec; three sisters, Therese Thibeault of Lewiston, Germaine and husband, Armand Morrissette, of Greene, and Lucienne Wright of Bath; three sisters-in-law: Emma Pelletier of Lewiston, Ruth "Tootsie" Pelletier of Millinocket, and Yvette Pelletier of Saint Leonard, New Brunswick; a brother-in-law, Joe Voisine of Lewiston; several aunts, uncles, numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 20, at St. Peter's Catholic Church, East Millinocket. At Leo's request, there will be no wake. Friends and family are welcome to stop by the Pelletier home to visit with the family. Those who wish may make donations in Leo's memory to Lazarus Ministry, care of St. Peter's Parish, P.O. Box 400, East Millinocket, ME 04430-0400. Arrangements are under the care of Direct Cremation of Maine, 182 Waldo Avenue, Belfast.