Wayne J. Pelletier (1975—2017)
MADAWASKA, Maine — While in the comfort of his home, on December 23, 2017, Wayne J. Pelletier, 42, went from holding the loving hands of his wife, Nicole, and sister, Tonia, into the arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He was born on May 4, 1975, raised in St. David, and was the son of Omer and Muriel (Bouchard) Pelletier.
His passion for all things dirt, rocks, trucks, and heavy equipment began as a young boy as he tried to wear his father’s work boots, played for hours with his Tonka trucks in the sandbox, moved snow with the homemade plow his father built for him, and as he spent any time he could at “the shop.” One of his favorite childhood pastimes was spending countless hours riding shotgun in a dump truck with his Noncle James. He would wait by the side of the road to get picked up and didn’t want to get dropped off home until the loads were done. With 28 years of service, Wayne belonged to the third generation of proud, hardworking, and dependable workers of Ed Pelletier & Sons Company of Madawaska; a company started by his grandfather, Edmund, then passed down to his uncles, Bob, Elmer, Dave, and Mike, and his father, Omer. He would often say that working Construction was in his blood and that he was born to do the work he loved. With a bounce in his step and a smile on his face, he looked forward to going to work each day.
A devoted provider for his family, he worked until the day he was diagnosed with kidney cancer in February of 2017. When not working hard, his favorite place to be was at home with his family or at the Soucy Camp on Long Lake. He enjoyed time with his wife and kids riding Harley Davidson and snowmobile, ice skating, taking walks together, riding bike around the neighborhood, going to Bangor for weekend trips, listening to music and having dance parties, taking vacations to Aruba, having Saturday morning Tim Hortons coffee and donuts, going to Valley Bible Church Sunday mornings, making campfires in the back yard and saying good night prayers at the end of the day. He was content with the simple things in life like wearing his raved about Snap On socks, drinking Red Bull and saying prayers to start the day, sipping a cup of coffee on the front porch, mowing the lawn with his John Deere mower, devouring Nicole’s yummy whoopie pies or German chocolate cake, being greeted at the door with lots of hugs and kisses, eating pizza at least once a week, munching on a bag of fresh pistachios, relaxing in his spot on the love seat with his favorite blanket at the end of a long work day, and the sound of laughter that filled his home.
While having cancer was a very difficult journey, it came with many blessings. To name a few: time to draw closer to God and to his wife, being there for Dani’s first day of pre-K, seeing Emma score her first high school soccer goal, building a fire pit in the backyard with Lucas, and being home to see Eva change from day to day. He was deeply touched and humbled by the kindness of all (TEAM WAYNE) who showed love to our family by praying for us, encouraging us, supporting us financially, helping us around our home, assisting us with trips to Boston, and being there for us in countless other ways over the last 10 months. With beautiful blue eyes and a genuine smile, he was a quiet, humble, loving, strong, devoted, and kind husband, father, son, brother, friend, and coworker, who will always be remembered as a Superhero who never gave up… not in life, not at work, not at home, and not in living with cancer. Though our hearts are broken, we rejoice that because of his faith in Jesus Christ, he is now cancer free, pain free and at peace in Heaven for all of eternity.
He is survived by his cherished wife and companion of 10 years, Nicole (Soucy) Pelletier; three beautiful daughters, Emma (and her mother Sonya), Dani, and Eva; one dear son, Lucas; parents, Omer and Muriel Pelletier; sister, Tonia and her husband, Scott Cyr, and their children Taylor, Tobi, and Jacob; parents-in-law, Charles and Vivian Soucy; brother-in-law, Nathan Soucy; many Aunts, Uncles, and cousins; his Ed Pelletier & Sons family and all who loved him. He was predeceased by his sister, Nathalie Rose Marie Pelletier in 2000.
The family would like your help to keep Wayne’s memory alive, especially for his children who are so young. If you have a memory or a story that you would like to share, please write it down, sign it, and leave it at Lajoie Funeral Home during calling hours or mail to Pelletier Family, 213 19th Ave, Madawaska, ME 04756. Through your written memories, Emma, Lucas, Dani and Eva will get to know their father in ways they would not have, and we thank you in advance for that.
A Memorial Service to honor Wayne and glorify God was held on Saturday, December 30, 2017, at St. David Catholic Church, St. David, with Elder Malachy Pierre (Valley Bible Chapel) and Pastor Gary Gardner (Mountainview Bible Church) officiating. In celebrating Wayne, the family asks that you dress casually (jeans, Carhartt, CAT, Harley Davidson, Team Wayne shirts, etc) for his service. Friends and family called on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Lajoie Funeral Home, Madawaska. Those wishing to remember Wayne in a special way may contribute in his memory to any of these organizations who have generously assisted us during our cancer journey: Edgar J. Paradis Cancer Fund (Northern Maine Medical Center – Fort Kent), Brian’s Ride Cancer Fund (Cary Medical Center – Caribou), Patient Airlift Services (PALS, Farmingdale, NY), or Angel Flight of New England (North Andover, MA). Arrangements have been entrusted to Lajoie Funeral Home in Madawaska. Please share your condolences and memories online at www.lajoiefuneralhome.com