Octave Daniel Pelletier, “Ozzie”, 86, of Marco Island, Fla., formerly of Westport,, died Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, in Norway while vacationing on a cruise with his lovely companion, Winifred “Winnie” Powers.
Ozzie was born in Fall River to Octave D. and Sarah (Croskery) Pelletier. He spent his youth in Fall River and graduated from B.M.C. Durfee High School in 1944 before enlisting in the United States Navy to serve in the South Pacific during World War II.
Upon returning home, he married Edythe Mae (McGowan) and established his family in Westport where they lived for 40 years until her death in 1990. Mr. Pelletier was employed as a technician for New England Telephone and A T &T for 40 years, retiring in 1989. Active in fraternal and civic affairs, he was on the Building Committee and was a longtime Trustee of the Westport Free Public Library, was a member of the Westport Land Conservation Trust and the Westport Conservation Commission. He was also a member and former chaplain of the American Legion James Morris Post #145 and a communicant and Eucharistic minister of Our Lady of Grace Church in Westport.
In 1995, Ozzie moved to the Eagle Cay Condominium Complex in Marco Island where he enjoyed being a member of the Marco Island Men’s and Computer Club.
Mr. Pelletier was also predeceased by his second wife Patricia Spencer. In addition to his companion, Winnie Powers of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., he is survived by two daughters, Janet E. Pelletier of Westport, and Mrs. John “Jack” (Mary Elizabeth “Beth”) King of Westport Point; three sons, Stephen D. Pelletier and his wife Donna of York, Maine; John M. Pelletier and his wife, Mary T. of Westport, and Mark W. Pelletier and his wife, Nina of Norwell, Mass.; 10 grandchildren: Stephen, Scott and Ryan Pelletier, Shannon Herring and Megan Diffley, Mary E., Joseph D. and John M. Pelletier, and Michael and Elise Pelletier; four great-grandchildren; two brothers: Arthur Pelletier of Pittsfield, Mass., and Dr. James Pelletier of Tiverton, RI; and many nieces and nephews. He was also the brother of the late Mary Graham and Therese Fournier.
His funeral Mass will be held Friday, October 11, at 11 a.m. in Holy Name Church, 709 Hanover St., Fall River, followed by burial of cremains with military honors in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Fall River. A second memorial service will be held at Eagle Cay in Marco Island, Fla., on Veterans Day to honor his military service. Relatives and friends are invited to both services. Calling hours are omitted. Memorial contributions may be sent to Friends of Westport Free Public Library, PO Box N-157, Westport, MA 02790. TheCherry Place Home of Waring-Sullivan, 178 Winter St., Fall River, has been entrusted with his arrangements. Visit www.waring-sullivan.com for directions and tributes.