Joseph C. Pelletier, Jr.

September 10th, 2014

Joseph C. Pelletier, Jr., age 81, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on September 9, 2014 at the Lahey Clinic Hospital in Burlington.

Joseph was born on June 30, 1933 in Long Island City, New York; he was the cherished son of the late Joseph C., Sr. and Marie P. (Landry) Pelletier. When Joseph was a youngster he moved with his family to Fall River. They later settled in the Pinehurst section of Billerica, MA. Joe enlisted in the United States Navy during the Korean War; he entered active service on July 17, 1950. Joe served aboard the USS Darby and earned the National Defense Medal. Joe was honorably discharged on April 9, 1954 and returned home to his family.

Joseph attended St. Joseph’s Preparatory School and went on to further his education at Northeastern University where he earned his degree in Electrical Engineering.

Joseph married the “love of his life,” Eleanor G. (Frisone) Pelletier, on October 23, 1954; the couple shared almost 60 years of marriage and made countless memories for generations to come. Joseph and Eleanor moved to Wilmington in 1959 where they raised their large and loving family. Joe and Eleanor loved to travel, and in recent years, they spent their winters in Largo, Florida. There they made many friends, and Joe became a member of “The Heedless Hoarsemen,” a local senior choral group.

Joseph was a man of great faith; he was an active communicant of St. Dorothy’s Church for many years and a talented vocalist in their choir.

Joe began his career as a self-taught TV repairman, and through practical experience and education eventually became a senior Electrical Engineer for AVCO/Textron Industries in Wilmington. He was a dedicated employee and was always willing to help his colleagues. He remained friends and golf buddies with many of his co-workers throughout his retirement years.

In his spare time, Joe was an excellent softball player, and became an avid golfer. He enthusiastically followed Boston sports teams, especially the Red Sox and the Patriots. He also greatly enjoyed watching golf tournaments – a good time to nap.

Joseph was known to be a “Mr. Fix It.” He took pride in the fact that he could fix or build almost anything. Joe also served as groundskeeper support for his wife Eleanor’s many vegetable and flower gardens throughout their yard.

Joseph will be fondly remembered as a devoted and loving family man and a true friend to many. He will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.

Joseph was the beloved husband of Eleanor G. (Frisone) Pelletier, devoted father of Lisa Marie Ferguson & her husband Gary of Ithaca, NY, Michael J. Pelletier of Largo, FL, Nora J. Zinan & her husband Mark of Sunderland, MA, Thomas C. Pelletier & his wife Barbara Fox of Patchogue, NY, Susan N. Pelletier of Lexington, Daniel L. Pelletier & his wife Karin of Croton, NY, Joseph C. Pelletier, III & his wife Beth of Randolph, VT, John C. Pelletier & his wife Yunuen of Boulder, CO and James R. Pelletier & his wife Paige of Seneca, SC. He was a loving grandfather of 22 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren, with a third great grandchild due in November. He was the dear brother of Anne Dever and M. Dorothy Pelletier both of Woburn and the late Roger A. Pelletier. Joe is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Saturday, September 13th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the St. Dorothy’s Church, Main Street, (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors to follow in Fox Hill Cemetery, Billerica. Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home on Friday, September 12th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Joseph’s name may be made to the American Heart Association, PO Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241.


13 Entries in Guest Book for “Joseph C. Pelletier, Jr.”

  1. Marie & Phil Orlando says:

    Dear Ellie and Family,
    We are so sad to hear that Joe has passed away. We have many happy memories of our times together, especially when you came to our wedding, 50 years ago this Friday. We were so glad we got to see Joe for his 80th birthday last summer and were awestruck to see all of his children and many members of their families there to share their love with him. Our hearts go out to you for the loss of this wonderful man.
    Marie & Phil

  2. Dianne Tobey Covault says:

    Dear Mrs. Pelletier and all
    Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. I have so many fond memories of your whole family while growing up. I especially remember our sing alongs around the campfire. Mr. Pelletier (sorry I just can’t call him Joe) would sing and you all would harmonize. Old Shep and other songs that made me cry even then! What a wonderful family you have, and what a wonderful man is now in heaven with God. with much love,Dianne Tobey Covault

  3. Ross Spinelli says:

    To all the boys , I am sorry for your loss , know what your feeling and know it will get better for you all , my deepest condolences to the entire family and friends for this unfortunate loss . God Bless

  4. Mary and Dave Ivan says:

    Dear Lisa, Gary, Ellie, Nancy, and Marion,
    We are so sorry for your loss. I know Saturday will be an unforgettable celebration of your dad and grandfather.
    Peace to your family!

  5. Dom La Rosa says:

    Dear Eleanor:

    How sad to hear that your dear husband, Joe, and friend to so many of us has passed away. Joe was truly a gentleman in every sense of the word. He most of all was a kind and decent person who helped so many along the way and made them better people and professionally qualified to do their jobs because of his guidance over so many years while at Avco/Textron. He will be missed dearly. He leaves us with many cherished times and I will always remember how he helped me in understanding the workplace and how better to achieve our project goals. In addition, the many times he enjoyed coming to our Spinners games with you each year. My sincerest sympathies. Don La Rosa

  6. Michele Giroux Higgs says:

    Thinking of the Pelletier Family with fond memories and sending my deepest sympathy. You are all in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time.

  7. Karen and Frank West says:

    Pelletier Family- Karen and I are saddened at your loss. We extend the deepest sympathies to your family. Karen and Frank West

  8. Mary Levey says:

    My deepest sympathy to the Pelletier family for the loss of someone so dear so suddenly. He will live on in all the wonderful memories.

  9. Paul and Pat Malone says:

    To Ellie and family, Sorry to hear that Joe has passed. He weathered so many issues with heart surgery and always came through in such good spirits. He had a loving family and lived a wonderful life. He contributed so much of himself in everything he did. –I remember our fourth of July cook outs here in Revere with fondness. Joe always sang for us all. May he RIP The Malone family.

  10. Paul and Pat Malone says:

    God Bless Joe. May he rest in peace. Remember all our fun times here on the fourth of July. Joe lived a good life and had a loving family

    love The Malones

  11. Cathy Cram says:

    I remember your Dad as a warm, funny, loving man.
    He was a man of integrity and will be missed by all. He is now resting is the place that God has prepared special for him. He’s looking down and smiling at you all and he will be with you always. Sending you a HUG
    Cathy & Rich Cram

  12. Rene' Lake-Gagliardi says:

    I am saddened to hear of your dad’s passing.
    I am remembering him as a warm and kind man and enjoyed his conversations. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Love, Rene’ and Peter

  13. Nora Zinan says:

    Thank you all for your entries on our book. Thanks to all my high school friends! Your spirits were with me on the day of the funeral.

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