FORT KENT - Vinton J. Pelletier, 75, passed away peacefully Jan. 5, 2013, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He was born May 17, 1937, son of the late Joseph and Alvine (Nadeau) Pelletier.
He was a 1954 graduate of Fort Kent Community High School and received a bachelor's degree from the University of Maine at Fort Kent. On July 4, 1958, he married Rejeanne "Babe" Sirois. Vinton taught math and science to junior high students from 1961 to 1964, after which pursued a career in law enforcement with the U.S. Customs Service, retiring in 1995 after 31 years of service. He was active in community affairs, having served on MSAD 27 School Board, Catholic Order of Foresters, Lion's Club - where he was the bulletin editor, Knights of Columbus - third degree in Van Buren, and served on the board of directors for Boy Scout Troop 189. Vinton had many recreational interests, including fishing, hunting, gardening, snowmobiling, bowling, woodworking and writing. In particular Vin enjoyed crafting paddles and long bows. He designed and built two summer cottages; one on Van Buren Cove at Long Lake, and the other on Lac Unique in New Brunswick. He was also fortunate enough to have some of his writings published.
Vin is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Babe; four children, Kirk and wife, Karen, Kim Dubois and husband, Donald "Butch," Sara Jandreau and husband, Loren, and Todd and wife, Stacey; six grandchildren, Lee and Cody Dubois, Ashley and Stephanie Jandreau, Matthew Pelletier, and Logan Pelletier; one brother, Joseph and wife, Lois, of Millinocket; three sisters, Mary Mae Roy and husband, Reginald, Patricia Kissinger of Reading, Pa., and Aline Maheu of Waterville; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by in-laws, Henri and Priscilla (Jalbert) Sirois, with whom he was particularly close to. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
Friends may call 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, and 8 a.m. Wednesday until time of service at Daigle Funeral Home, Fort Kent. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Jan. 9 at St. Louis Catholic Church, Fort Kent, by the Rev. James Albert. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Forest Hill Manor Activities Fund, 25 Bolduc Ave., Fort Kent, ME 04743, where he was lovingly taken care of by his "second family" for many years. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. Spring burial will be held May 13 at the parish cemetery.