SACO – Strengthened by the sacraments of his Roman Catholic faith and supported by the care of his family and friends, the Rev. George C. Pelletier, 57, died in peace surrounded by loved ones Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008, at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House. He was born Dec. 19, 1950, in Portland, a son of the late Lionel and Marguerite (LeBorgne) Pelletier. George grew up in Gorham and graduated from Gorham High School. He took seminary and theological training at St. Thomas Seminary, West Hartford, Conn. His Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Divinity were earned at St. Mary’s Seminary and University, Baltimore. He was ordained deacon in 1978 and served his deaconate at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Portland. His ordination by Bishop Amidee Proulx, DD, took place at St. Hyacinth Parish, Westbrook, June 2, 1979. The Rev. Pelletier served St. Thomas Aquinus, Madawaska; St. John the Evangelist, South Portland; St. Louis, Fort Kent; his beloved St. Marks, Ashland; Our Lady of the Lake, Portage; and St. Rose of Lima, Jay. His final parish assignment was at St. Ambrose, Richmond, and St. Leo, Litchfield. During his parish assignments he was very active in community affairs. George also served as a chaplain for the Maine National Guard and was awarded the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara and resigned his commission as a captain. While assigned in South Portland, he was the chaplain for Portland Fire Department. He was a member of Knights of Columbus. For the past five years, George was employed by Westbrook School Department as a school bus driver and licensed instructor. The students of bus 24 lovingly referred to him as “George of the Jungle.” George was an avid snowmobiler, and at the time of his death was a member of Ashland Snowmobile Club and all around snow enthusiast. For many years he was an American Red Cross Platelet Pheresis donor. He was predeceased by his mother and father; and a dear sister, Suzanne L. Thoits. He is survived by his sister, Colette J. Connelly and her husband, David, of Nashua, N.H.; a brother, Richard L. Pelletier and wife, Judy, of Tenants Harbor; brother-in-law, Russell T. Thoits of Raymond; and his sister, Jane L. Conrod and her husband, Lew, of Bartow, Fla. He will be lovingly missed by many nieces and nephews, Nancy and Patrick, Kristen, Kara and Kimberly, Christopher and Jennifer, Scott, Tammy and Suzie; several great nieces and nephews. Uncle George was fun to spend time with because he was such a happy, inspiring person and made us all feel very special. Relatives and friends are invited for visitation 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at Blais & Hay Funeral Home, 35 Church St., Westbrook. People may gather at the funeral home 10 a.m. Thursday prior to the funeral to be held 11 a.m. at St. Hyacinth Church, Brown Street, Westbrook. A concelebrated Mass will be held with the main celebrant being the Rev. Norm Charpentier. A reception will be after at St. Anne’s, Main Street, Route 25, Gorham. Interment will be after cremation at St. Hyacinth Cemetery, at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations in George’s memory may be made to St. Hyacinth Church Restoration Fund, 295 Brown St., Westbrook, ME 04092 or Maine Cancer Research.