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Roland Harmon Pelkey 1938-2023

Roland Harmon Pelkey passed away peacefully at his home in Colchester on February 10, 2023 surrounded by his family.


Roland was born on February 3, 1938 in Putnam, CT to the late Harold and Mildred (Blackmar) Pelkey. He grew up with his sister Joyce (Pelkey) Fall of Woodstock and brother, the late Russell Pelkey. Roland was an astounding athlete and all-state pole vaulter in high school. He attended UConn for a short time before deciding to join the AirForce. He served for 4 years and then briefly worked for Pratt & Whitney. Serving as a CT State Trooper for 20 years with Colchester’s Troop K was one of his proudest accomplishments. Following retirement from the CT State Police, Roland was a stay-at-home father, a bus driver, and a handyman at Liberty Hall (Apple Rehab) in Colchester. He always made time to pursue his passions, too. Roland was an avid hunter, master woodworker, and beloved story/joke-teller. He was a true artist who built furniture, hobby crafts, and treehouses–finding beauty and purpose in everything he did. Roland was also a huge fan of UConn Women’s Basketball and never missed a game on the radio or TV. Roland loved life, but he especially loved his family.


He leaves behind his loving wife of 43 years, Barbara (Schoen) Pelkey, who gave every ounce of her being to caring for him at the end of his life, and his adoring daughters who were by his side in his final days: Sarabeth Markham of Colchester, Sandra Pelkey of Marlborough, and Kimberly Hagan of Colchester. He will be greatly missed by his grandchildren, his sister, and his numerous nieces, nephews, and other family members. To know Roland was to love him.


Services will be private.


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