Pierre A. Veilleux, entered into eternal life on September 12, 2023, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease and cancer. A man who made the most of his 81 years and left an indelible mark on the world he loved. Born in Winchendon, Massachusetts on July 26, 1942, Pierre was a man of grit and determination, a self-made man who built not just his own home, but also his daughter's. He took joy in the work of his hands and found fulfillment in creating something from nothing. This love for construction translated into his professional life as well. For 41 years, he was the proud owner and operator of his drywall business, Veilleux and Son, crafting dreams into reality. He was also a dedicated employee of Modern Paint and Drywall for several years before embarking on his entrepreneurial journey.
Pierre was not just a man of work, but also a man of wide-ranging passions. He was a Corvette enthusiast and a former member of the Corvette Club of America, taking great pride in his 1966 Corvette. He wrote a love story about the history of his Vette that was published in Corvette Quarterly Magazine. He was also a self taught guitarist. The Veilleux home was always a place for sing-alongs and music. His love for sports was evident in his unwavering support for the Boston Bruins, and his favorite pastime was sitting on his front porch, waiving to neighbors and strangers alike, watching hummingbirds flutter. "Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything," Plato once said, and this was true for Pierre. His guitar was not just an instrument, but a tool to express his innermost feelings and connect with those around him. Pierre never met a stranger, and all were greeted with a heartfelt "Bonjour!" If you were lucky enough to be a lady, a kiss was placed upon your hand. Chivalry was alive and well in this true Frenchman. Always willing to lend a helping hand, he was the epitome of a humanitarian.
Pierre leaves a legacy of love, hard work, and an unyielding spirit. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Karen Veilleux; his devoted daughter, Jenelle Sroczynski, and son-in-law, Steven Sroczynski; his dedicated son, Dr. Jacques Veilleux, and daughter-in-law, Sherry Veilleux; his precious grandchildren, Forrest Veilleux, Danielle Sroczynski, Emma Veilleux, and Jude Veilleux; as well as his caring brothers, Michael Veilleux, Noel Veilleux and wife Maureen. Sister-in-laws, Lisa Gouslin, Robin McAullife, and Adele Dale, Brother-in-law, Brent Desmarias, several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leon and Doris Veilleux, and his brothers Leo, Wilfred, and Thomas Veilleux.
The Funeral Mass to celebrate Pierre's remarkable life will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2023, at 12:00 p.m. Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 53 Spruce Street, Winchendon, Massachusetts, 01475. Fellowship will immediately follow at the Winchendon History and Cultural Center, 151 Front Street, Winchendon. All are welcome to attend. Please bring your fondest memories to share. We invite all who knew Pierre to join us in honoring his memory and celebrating the life of this incredible man. We encourage you to share your memories and upload photos of Pierre to his memorial page, so that we may all remember the joy he brought into our lives. As we remember Pierre, let us hold onto his spirit of resilience, his love for life, and his enduring legacy.
Pierre's family would like to thank Doctor John Worden and his caring staff, and Life Care of Leominster for the great care he received when he was there, especially Helen, Joe and Linda.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in his name to the GoFundMe account of his nephew, Carter Veilleux at gofundme/029e245
To leave an online condolence please visit, www.stone_ladeau.com
Stone Ladeau Funeral Home, 343 Central Street, Gardner, MA 01440, has been entrusted with Pierre's funeral arrangements.
Kevin J. Mack, Walter C. Taylor, and Melissa A. McQuaid, funeral directors