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Obituary: Fernando Michael Pellegrini – Portland Press Herald

Fernando Michael Pellegrini

Fernando Michael Pellegrini 1935 – 2022 BATH – Fernando Michael Pellegrini, 86, of Bath, died on February 24, 2022 after suffering from failing health since last spring. Fernando was born on October 25, 1935 in Bath to Lena (Pecci) and Antonino Pellegrini of Abruzzo, Italy and Bath. He graduated from Morse High School in 1954 and was an active alumnus and supporter, serving for a time as class president. Fernando also attended the University of Maine at Orono, before joining his father and brother, Robert, to run the Sagadahoc supermarket. Fernando and Bob eventually became the owners of the well-known grocery store until it closed in 1979. Fernando then began his second career at Bath Iron Works, until his retirement in 1999. Fernando also served his country as as a member of the Air Force. Reserve, called up during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. In 1959, Fernando met the love of his life, Rosa. After a two-year long distance romance, they married in 1961 and celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary last year. They complemented each other perfectly, the calm and quiet Mainer and the beautiful and feisty Italian, and raised a daughter and a son together in the house that Fernando built for Rosa next to the house in which he was born. Rosa was by his side for the very end. Fernando has been a lifelong parishioner of St. Mary’s in Bath. He served on the parish council and finance committee and served as minister of the Eucharist. Fernando was also a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus, serving as its treasurer. Some of his favorite times were spent at the K of C room, hosting the Beano games, attending New Year’s balls, or just enjoying the company of his many friends. Although Fernando has lived his whole life in Bath, he has enjoyed travelling, traveling to Europe several times and taking several cruises. He also enjoyed the Summer Road Trip, taking his family on vacations to Florida, Niagara Falls, and Canada, as well as many trips to Boston. Fernando was one of the nicest men you could meet. He loved his family dearly, and not just his wife, children and grandchildren, but also his siblings and his wife’s siblings and his many nephews and nieces. Blood parents and in-laws were all the same for Fernando. His love for others extended to his friends and even his employees – many local young people found their first jobs at the Sagadahoc supermarket. Fernando is survived by his wife, Rosa; his son, Anthony and his daughter-in-law Joan; his granddaughters Adriana, Amelia and Olivia; his brother, Robert, his sister, Lucia and his brother-in-law, Stanley Roberts, his sister, Maria and his brother-in-law Richard Hall, his sister-in-law, Maria Tecla and his brother-in-law, Emanuele Cassarino, his brother-in-law , Vincent and his sister-in-law, Carmen De Angelis; and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his beloved daughter, Annamaria, in 2016. Visiting hours will be at David E. Desmond and Son Funeral Home, 638 High St., Thursday, March 3 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., followed by Mass Christian burial at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 144 Lincoln Street at 12 p.m. At the request of the family, masks will be required at the funeral home and at St. Mary’s Church. Fernando … a gentleman, and a gentle man. There can be no greater honor. He will be greatly missed and will remain in our hearts forever. To share your thoughts and condolences with the family, please visit http://www.desmondfuneralhomes.com Beautiful flowers last a few days, but beautiful deeds last forever, so in lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Meals On Wheels or Salvation Army.

Fernando Michael Pellegrini

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