BANGOR - John Gilbert Pelkey, 71, died, April 15, 2014, with his loving wife by his side, at his home in Bangor. John was born Feb. 15, 1943, in Caribou, the son of the late Gilbert and Audrey (Thompson) Pelkey.
He grew up in Aroostook County and attended the local schools. John moved to Hartford, CT in 1960, and attended the Hartford Full Gospel Church where he met Carolyn Whitmore. They were married on July 25, 1964. He was a "Man of God." He served at Caribou A/G when he returned to Maine in 1991. John held many positions in each church including: Usher, Worship Leader, Sunday School Teacher, Youth Leader, and Board Member. He also helped establish a Christian School K-12 and a Bible School.
John was owner and operator of Pelkey Construction, Inc. for over 25 years. John continued working part-time in his construction business in Caribou, and he went to work for the power plant in Fort Fairfield as a heavy equipment operator. He was injured at the plant in a catastrophic accident involving a D8 bulldozer in 2005. He received a spinal cord injury and was paralyzed from the neck down. After a year of rehab in Georgia, John and Carolyn moved to Bangor.
John is survived by his wife of almost 50 years, Carolyn Pelkey of Bangor; three children and 11 grandchildren, Rev. Jeannine Cavalieri and husband, Rev. Jim of Rochester, New York, and their six children, Jonathan, James, Jason, Jessica, Julia and Jaden; Darlene Graziano and husband, John, of Orlando, Fla., and she has four children:Anthony Pelkey of Brewer, Daniel and Lyndsay Shea of Waterford, Conn., and Adrianna of Orlando; Kevin Pelkey and his wife have one son. John is also survived by his sisters, Norma Hethcote of Illinois and Ellen DeVaux and husband, Robert, of Connecticut. He was predeceased by his parents; and three sisters, Betty White, Alice Tosado and Helene Pelkey.
The family will receive friends from 11-noon with a funeral service immediately following at noon, Tuesday, April 22, at the Glad Tidings Church, 1033 Broadway, Bangor, with the Rev. Ron Morris officiating. A gathering will follow and all are welcome. Interment will take place in the spring at the Lyndon Center Cemetery, Route 1, Caribou. To leave a message of kindness for the family, please visit www.shoreynichols.com. Care has been provided by Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, Pittsfield.