Roland Henri Pelletier, Sr., 72, of Midlothian, Texas passed away peacefully at home while surrounded by his loving family and friends on December 3, 2020. Born August 6, 1948 in Providence, Rhode Island, he was the husband of Constance (Demers) and son of the late Gerard and Doris (Plante) Pelletier. Roland was raised in North Smithfield, and then resided in Woonsocket and Manville before moving to Texas on December 3, 2019. �Roland graduated in 1968 from Rhode Island Vocational Technical and worked as a mechanic at Sam Boykos Garage until moving to the Foxboro Company in 1970. Roland’s dream was to always drive a tractor trailer so in 1986 he attended the New England Tractor Training School and began working for Stanley Truck equipment. In the early ‘90s, Roland’s dream came true by owning his own big rig and starting RCTP Trucking. During his trucking career, he was an owner operator for Walt’s Trucking before working for them full time. After retiring, due to illness, he worked for Lincoln First Student as a bus monitor and for Charron Amusements. Even though he was working many hours, Roland found time to be involved in many volunteer activities such as being a reserve police officer in the early '70s for the Woonsocket Police Department and becoming a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus. Roland was very involved in both his children and grandchildren activities as well. He was the Cub Master of Pack 57 and a trained Girl Scout leader of Troop 981 with his wife. He volunteered as a light and audio producer for the Fairfield Youth Performers of Saint Agatha’s Catholic Church, where he was an active parishioner for many years. He was very involved with the Woonsocket High School Band Boosters where he was affectionately known as the “Band Dad.” He was also a certified amusement ride mechanic for the state of Massachusetts and was often found on the carnival’s midway during the summer months. In addition to spending time with his family, he loved to go fishing, camping at the Cape and watching wrestling. But, most of all, he loved to make people smile. Whether it was making jokes, wearing funny hats, or throwing on a costume, Roland made it his mission to make everyone’s day brighter. Roland and Constance's first date was December 24, 1968 and were married on September 13, 1969. They were happily married for 51 years and they renewed their wedding vows in September, 2019 at St. James Parish. Together they have 5 children, 20 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. He is survived by his wife Constance and their dog Simon; his son Roland Pelletier, Jr., his wife Karen and their children Joshua, Justin, Colin, Trey-Joel, Blake, Cyndi-Beth, Hunter, Gabriella and Ryleigh of Warwick, and Roland’s son Cody; his daughter Tammylyn Stevenin, her husband Scott and their children Michael and his wife Rena, and Erin of Woonsocket; his daughter Tracy Desautel, her husband Raymond and their children Elizabeth and Abigail Cesana, Raymond Jr., and KayLynn Desautel of Greenville; his son Craig Pelletier, his wife Amber and their daughter Katelyn of Venus, TX; and his son Paul Pelletier, his wife Briana and their children Logan, and twins Natalie and Emma of Cumberland. He is also survived by his great grandchildren Gracelyn and Matthew, his sister Cecile McCarron, and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and great friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday January 4th at 10 AM in St. James Church, 33 Division St., Manville. Due to Covid 19, social distancing guidelines will be applied upon arrival. Burial in St. Jean the Baptiste Cemetery in Bellingham, MA will be private. The family would be honored to have donations made to the Milk Fund, 985 Park Avenue in Woonsocket, Rhode Island in memory of Roland Pelletier, Sr. Arrangements are entrusted to the Keene-Brown Funeral Home in North Smithfield.
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