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TOWNSEND — John F. Pelletier, 83, died Thursday, June 14, 2007, surrounded by his family at his home after an 18-month struggle with cancer.

Mr. Pelletier was born in Fitchburg on June 5, 1924, a son of Albert and Margaret (Kittredge) Pelletier and was a 1944 graduate of Fitchburg High School. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Jeannette B. (Fortier) Pelletier; four sons and a daughter-in-law, John F. Pelletier Jr. of New Salem, James G. and Kyle Pelletier and Jerry R. Pelletier, all of Townsend, and Jeffrey R. Pelletier of Milford, N.H.; and a sister, Mary Cote of Fitchburg. He also leaves seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

He was the grandfather of the late Mario A.J. Pelletier of New Ipswich, N.H., who died in 2004, and the brother of the late Joseph Pelletier of Lynnfield and Raymond Pelletier of Fitchburg.

During World War II, Mr. Pelletier served his country for two years in the United States Army where he had been stationed in the Pacific Theater and attained the rank of technical sergeant before his discharge in 1946. A master electrician by trade, Mr. Pelletier worked at the former Independent Lock Company in Fitchburg, then at the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Youth Services in Shirley and finally at MCI Concord as an Industrial Instructor Grade 4, retiring in 1988 after 28 years of service. A Townsend resident since 1950, John was a self-described “ever-present gadfly offering very pointed opinions” regarding town government.

In fact, Mr. Pelletier served the town of Townsend in many elected and appointed capacities for nearly five decades. He was elected to the Board of Selectman in 1999 and served until 2002. Among the many other elected positions held were member and chairman of the Board of Health, Townsend Water Commissioner and Town Charter Commission, as well as being elected to the position of constable.

In 1958 Mr. Pelletier was appointed to the position of Civil Defense police officer. His relationship with the Townsend Police Department continued for another 30 years as he remained active as an auxiliary police officer, regular police officer and finally as an auxiliary police officer before retiring in 1989.

He served 10 years as a member and president of the Townsend Ambulance Association. He served on the Townsend Fire Department Building Committee in their successful effort to build a new Harbor fire station in 2003. He was appointed to the Town Personnel Committee, the Revaluation Committee where he served as chairman, the Nashoba Board of Health Study Committee, as well as the Street Light and Fence Viewing Committees. He served on the Town Democratic Committee, the Town Hall Restoration Committee, and in the mid-1980s was the Sealer of Weights and Measures.

He served 10 years as a member and president of the Townsend Ambulance Association. He served on the Townsend Fire Department Building Committee in their successful effort to build a new Harbor fire station in 2003. He was appointed to the Town Personnel Committee, the Revaluation Committee where he served as chairman, the Nashoba Board of Health Study Committee, as well as the Street Light and Fence Viewing Committees. He served on the Town Democratic Committee, the Town Hall Restoration Committee, and in the mid-1980s was the Sealer of Weights and Measures.

Mr. Pelletier was a communicant of St. John’s Church where he participated in many church activities including the 1957 Float Committee celebrating Townsend’s 225th Anniversary Celebration. Many years ago he was active in the Townsend Little League and Boy Scout Programs. He enjoyed traveling, coin collecting, camping with his family and collecting model trains as well as attending flea markets.

Funeral services and burial will be private. There are no calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Townsend 275th Anniversary Celebration Committee, P.O. Box 115, Townsend, MA 01469.

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