Norman R. Pelletier, Jr., ‚ÄúBunny,‚ÄĚ 71, of Bristol, partner of 49 years to Merle (Jandreau) Pelletier, died Friday (Sept. 14, 2018) after a lengthy battle with cancer. He passed peacefully and surrounded by his family. Born November 15, 1946 in Hartford, Conn., son of Katherine (Little) Pelletier and the late Normand Pelletier Sr. He was the oldest of eight children and raised in Fort Kent, Maine where he was a star basketball player in high school. After honorably serving as a U.S. Army transportation specialist in Vietnam, he returned to Connecticut and became a prominent businessman in the steel erection and land development industry. His generosity, sensitivity, and love for nature were tremendous and he was often referred to as a gentle giant. He was an enduring patriarch who fought many battles bravely until he received Heaven‚Äôs calling.
He was the beloved father of three children; and ‚ÄėPep‚Äô as he was known to his grandchildren. His five grandchildren were the lights of his life; Ella, Everett and Elijah Pelletier, Liam and Lucas Blain. He is survived by two sons and two daughters-in-law, Shaun and Marie Pelletier of Burlington, Rudy and Politimi Pelletier of Avon; one daughter and son-in-law, Chelsy and Brendan Blain of Monterey, Calif.; seven siblings, Gary Pelletier, Paulette Knapp, Lynette Berger, Suzette Kobzeff, Theodore ‚ÄúTed‚ÄĚ Pelletier, Leslie Serraro, and Mead Pelletier; two goddaughters, Tammy Pelletier and Jenna Keegan, and many cousins and friends.
Family and Friends may call on Thursday, Sept. 20 at O‚ÄôBrien Funeral Home, Forestville/Bristol, CT from 4-7 p.m. A service will be held at 7:00 p.m. A celebration of life will be held in Daigle, ME in the Spring. Memorial donations may be made to the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, 747 Third Avenue, 33rd Floor, New York, NY 10017 or the American Cancer Society, 825 Brook St, Rocky Hill, CT 06067. To leave an online message of condolence, share a memory or photo, please visit Norman‚Äôs tribute page at www.OBrien-FuneralHome.com