TOPSHAM — Gerard A. Pelletier, 92, died peacefully Nov. 6 at Amenity Manor with his family by his side.

Born in Brunswick on Sept. 4, 1918, he was a son of John B. Pelletier and Adelia Leclerc Pelletier, and was educated in Brunswick schools.

During World War II he served in the U.S. Navy and was stationed in France.

Over the years he worked at Verney Corporation, Bath Iron Works, and lastly, at Pejepscot Paper Company for 35 years until his retirement in 1981.

He was a life member of the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion.

Dedicated to scouting, he received a 50-year volunteer recognition award in 2009, and other scouting awards, including Silver Beaver and St. George Emblem.  For over 40 years he volunteered with Boy Scout Troop 648, with many of the years spent as Scoutmaster.

He was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox, the New England Patriots and the Boston Bruins.

His wife of 64 years, Anita Lavoie Pelletier, predeceased him, as did a son, Roger “Pegzy” Pelletier, and two brothers, Alcide and Raoul Pelletier.

Survivors include his two children, Jeannine Steidl and her husband Paul of Albuquerque, N.M., and Lucy J. Behnke of Topsham; four grandchildren, Alec Steidl of New York City, Amy Olson and her husband Dwayne of Belmont, N.H., Alissa Behnke of Topsham and Adam Behnke and his wife Coreena of Raymond; two great-grandchildren, Harrison and Evangeline Behnke; his brother Lionel Pelletier and his wife Jofrette of Topsham, and his sisters, Jeanne d’arc Bourque and Gertrude Labbe of Brunswick; his sisters-in law, Marie Pelletier and Cecile Pelletier of Brunswick, and his brothers-in-law Rod Lavoie of Whiting, N.J. and James Howard of Scotland; his daughter-in-law Pat Light and her family; and many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be Friday, Nov. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Demers-Desmond Funeral Home, 34 Cushing St., Brunswick.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, at All Saint’s Parish, St. John the Baptist Church, 39 Pleasant St., Brunswick.

Burial will be Monday, Nov. 15 at 10 a.m. at Maine Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, 163 Mt. Vernon Road, Augusta.

Memorial donations may be made to Scout Troop 648, c/o All Saints Parish, 132 McKeen St., Brunswick, ME 04011.

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