Roland J. Panneton, 93, of Hudson, passed away unexpectedly at home on Tuesday, November 13, 2018. He is reunited in heaven with his beloved wife Dorothy M. (Millett) Panneton who predeceased him in 1994.
Roland was born in Westford, MA, on November 24, 1924, the fourth of nine children of the late Thomas and Clara (Bastarache) Panneton. He was the first of the Pannetons to be born in the United States after his parents immigrated from Quebec, Canada with his older siblings. Roland was raised in Westford and shortly after finishing high school honorably enlisted in the United States Army and bravely fought in the Rhineland, Ardennes and Central European battles and campaigns during WWII from 1943 until 1946. After returning home from the service, Roland, married the love of his life, Dorothy Millett and together they settled in Hudson, MA, where he has resided for the past 67 years. Roland worked as a barber for many years and later as a baker for IGA Corp., where he eventually retired from. He was also a member of Saint Michael Parish in Hudson.
Roland was a true family man and enjoyed the peacefulness of his home and being surround by family. He was a DIY handyman and an expert with duct tape. He was an avid New England sports fan and also enjoyed ballroom and line dancing with his wife, Dorothy.
Roland is survived by three children, John J. Panneton and his wife Carol of Hudson, Carl T. Panneton and his Fiancé Silvia Nava of Hudson and Nancy M. Bissonnette and her husband Bob of Clinton, PA; a daughter-in-law, Elsa Panneton of Hudson; his sister Theresa Daly of Westford, MA; six grandchildren, Nicole Wells and her husband Ed, Elizabeth Petrain and her husband Carl, Cole Panneton and his fiancé Jona Muhameti, Sean Panneton, Dennis “D.J.” Panneton and Andrew “Hunter” Panneton; 5 great-grandchildren, Ashley, Katie, Brittney, Aureylia and Dante; a great-great grandchild, Nathaniel; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife Dorothy M. (Millett) Panneton and his parents, Roland was also predeceased by his son, Paul A. Panneton and his siblings, Mary Winkle, Anthony Panneton, Lionel Panneton, Lindy Surawski, Raymond Panneton, Marcel Panneton and Robert Panneton.
Relatives and friend are invited to calling hours from 4 pm until 7 pm on Friday, November 16, 2018, at TIGHE HAMILTON REGIONAL FUNERAL HOME, 50 Central St., Hudson, MA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9 am on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at Saint Michael Parish, 21 Manning St., Hudson, MA; followed by interment in Saint Michael Cemetery in Hudson.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to: American Heart Association, PO Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005. www.heart.org