MOUNT DESERT — Pierre “Pete” A. Desrochers, 79, died Feb. 29, 2016, in an air ambulance en route to Maine. He was born Nov. 1, 1936, in Orange, N.J., the son of Adalbert B. and Blanche (Daigel) Desrochers.
Pete received his BS from Seaton Hall University in South Orange, N.J., and began his career in sales at Johnson and Johnson. Pete then became part of the original sales team for Sealed Air Corp., manufacturer of the packing bubbles you love to pop. Pete married Kathryn “Lynn” Kennedy in 1982 shortly after he started The Masking Co., a film coating company. He and Lynn ran that business for 10 years before they sold the business and took to the road in their motor home. They traveled 275,000 miles around the U.S. and Canada. They then bought Barcadia Campground at the head of MDI, and together built it into a camping resort.
Foremost, Pete loved his family. He was the go-to man for advice and help of any kind. Pete enjoyed lobstering, especially eating lobster, gathering with friends, living on the water and working on his property. Pete served for four years on the board of the Bagaduce Music Lending Library in Blue Hill, and was always eager to pitch in and help in any way he could.
Pete is survived by his beloved wife, Lynn; daughter Deborah Canonico (Mike) of Flemington, N.J.; daughter Suzanne Desrochers (Filan) of Newton, N.J.; son Michael (Maria) Desrochers of Robbinsville, N.J.; and nine grandchildren: Timothy, Matthew, Andrew and Allison Canonico; Laura (Filan) Togno, Paul and Brian Filan; Peter and Paul Desrochers; and two great-grandchildren, Natalie and Sophia Canonico. He is also survived by his brother Rene Desrochers (Rosie) of Sedona, Ariz. His parents predeceased him.
A funeral mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 12, 2016, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 231 Main Street, Ellsworth, with a gathering to follow at the Somesville Fire House, Main Street, Mount Desert.
Gifts in Pete’s memory may be made to the American Lung Association or Jackson Laboratory.
Arrangements in care of Jordan-Fernald, Mount Desert. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.