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.