LEWISTON – Roger Joseph Pelletier, 81, of Lewiston, passed away May 10, 2021. He was born in Lewiston May 22, 1939 and attended Lewiston schools until he enlisted in Army. Afterwards he returned to Lewiston and started his career maintaining cars.
At a young age Roger opened his business, Roger’s Service Center on Main Street. Later moving to Bartlett Street and adding R and L Sports to sell and service motorcycles and snowmobiles. He later moved R and L Sports to Lisbon Road. He later went on the road selling recreational trailers, kayaks, canoes, paddle boats and then ending his career with selling pontoon boats for Avalon and Tahoe Mfg.
Roger was active in promotion the sport of snowmobiling from the local snowmobile clubs to the international level. He helped start the local snowmobile club, Hillside Family Riders. He later became a Maine Snowmobile Association Regional V.P. and President. Roger loved the sport of snowmobiling and working with the volunteers. He served as Chairman of the Northeast Chapter of the International Snowmobile Council (ISC), then as ISC Co Chairman and subsequently Chairman. He rode snowmobiles with other distinguished leaders of the sport of snowmobilers from St. Paul, Minnesota to Valcourt, Quebec to promote the sport doing media interviews along the way. Roger was once “Snowmobiler of the Year” and was inducted in the Maine Snowmobile Association Hall of Fame. He would organize snowmobile trips, awards events, snowmobile shows, and scholarship programs. He worked hard for the sport, but wanted everyone to have fun at the same time.
Roger wanted people to have a good time, whether it was an audience of one or one hundred. His favorite audience was his family. He was there to help anyone or make anyone laugh. He was competitive with games, from hockey to tic tac toe. He loved his siblings and their spouses, nieces and nephews, cousins and their children.
His pride and joy were adopting his daughters with his first wife Jacqueline Morin. He worked tirelessly to be a good provider, as he never wanted his girls to go without anything. Always giving into the endless demands of the hottest new toys or trends. At the same time, he also tried hard to instill a strong work ethic, money management, and integrity. Roger had a kind and generous heart.
Roger’s grandchildren were the light of his eye. He continued to pass his love and values onto his grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his parents Eva (Ouellette) and Donald Pelletier.
He is survived by his wife Karen Pelletier; his daughters Karen Pelletier and her husband Tom, and Kim Phillips; his siblings, sisters Pauline Gauthier, Claudette Bernier, and brother, Jerry Pelletier and wife Joline; special cousin, Jeannette Guay and her husband Maurice; grandchildren Kristen Smith and husband Brian, Matthew Pelletier, Amy Pelletier, Courtney Phillips, Austin Phillips; and his great-grandchildren Abigail, Mason, Hunter and Sophia.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Woodland of Lewiston Memory Care Center and Beacon Hospice Care.
Visitation will be held Sunday May 15 at The Fortin Group, 217 Turner St., Auburn, starting at 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday May 16 at the Basilica of S.S Peter and Paul Lower Chapel at 11 a.m. Committal will be held Saturday May 22 at 10 a.m.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of The Fortin Group, 217 Turner St., Auburn. Please visit http://www.thefortingroupauburn.com to leave heart felt messages to Roger’s family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the
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