CENTRAL FALLS — Deacon Robert W. Pelland, 76, died peacefully on Friday, August 5 surrounded by family. He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Irene A. (Marcotte) Pelland; their children, David and his wife Sharon; Paul and his wife Elin; Nicole and her husband Reynaldo Ortiz; Debra and her husband Dan Johnson; John and his wife MaryAnne; James and his fiancee Deana Archambault; and their 24 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Normand and his sisters Rita Zeoli and Claire Morin. He was predeceased by his sisters Pauline Travis and Lillian Perreault.
Bob was a veteran of the Navy and a carpenter by trade. Ordained to the diaconate in 1982, he spent much of his life volunteering and ministering to others throughout the Fall River and Rhode Island dioceses and at Camp Ker-Anna.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Central Falls on August 11. Interment was at the Rhode Island Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery, Exeter, on August 12.