Armand Joseph Millette
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of Leominster, MA; 70
LEOMINSTER -- Armand Joseph Millette, husband of Carol Cavaioli Millette, of Leominster, MA died of heart failure on Sunday morning, August 11 at the UMass Medical Center in Worcester. He was 70 years old.
He was born in Leominster on March 12, 1943 to Armand Hubert Millette and Anna Quatrale Millette. He was raised in town and graduated from Leominster Senior High School in 1961 where he was also known as Ace. He ran track in high school and college. He won the state mile in 1961.
He graduated from UMass in 1966 with a BS in Civil Engineering and completed a Masters Degree in Engineering Management at Northeastern University in 1973.
He worked for Metcalf & Eddy Consulting Engineers from 1966 to 1968, and New England Electric System and its successor companies from 1968 to 2010.
Armand was a pioneering Environmental Engineer during the formative years of that discipline. During his early years at New England Electric he was a member of the team that developed the Bear Swamp Generating Station in Rowe and Florida, MA., an important pumped storage power plant. In the 1980's he led the development and construction of the fish ladder system on the Connecticut River, including major projects at Vernon, Bellows Falls and Wilder. This project allowed restoration of salmon and shad breeding in the Connecticut River Basin. He worked as a Senior Environmental Engineer and consultant for National Grid until his retirement and afterwards.
He was a director of the Connecticut River Watershed Council, and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Sierra Club and the New England Solar Energy Association.
He was a member of the Leominster Planning Board 1973-2008 and was also a member of the Montachusett Regional Planning Commission. He was a charter member of the Leominster Jaycees and worked with that organization on the Special Olympics as an area coordinator for a number of years beginning in 1969.
Armand was an avid skier and had a season pass at Mount Wachusett as late as this past winter. He was a Ski Patrol at Pheasant Run for several years. He was also a dedicated sportsman and a member of the Leominster Sportsmen's Club as well as a member and Trustee of the Bass Point Club on Spectacle Pond in Lancaster, MA.
Armand lived in Leominster virtually all of his life, at various times on Winter Place, Boutelle Street, Orchard Street, Scenic Drive, Merriam Avenue and lastly Cumberland Road. He was devoted to his immediate and extended family, particularly his eight grandchildren. He hosted the entire family together for a reunion at Spec Pond within the past month.
He is survived by his wife, Carol Millette of Leominster, his parents Armand and Anna Millette of Leominster, his brothers Richard of Hampton, NH and Paul of Benson, VT, and his sister Susan of Leominster MA. He is also survived by his two sons: Michael and his wife Joy of New Rochelle, NY and their children Henry, Sophie, Lillian, George and Claire, as well as Richard and his wife Suzanne of Auburn and their children Griffin, Colin and Aaron.
MILLETTE -- A wake will take place at the Silas F. Richardson & Son Funeral Home, 106 West Street, Leominster, MA from 4PM to 8PM on Thursday, August 15th. The funeral will be at 11AM on Friday, August 16th at St. Anna's Church at 199 Lancaster Street in Leominster, MA. The family requests donations to the Leominster Public Library in his memory, where such donations will be dedicated to public programs for the people of Leominster.
Silas F. Richardson & Son Inc
106 West St Leominster, MA 01453
Published in Sentinel & Enterprise from Aug. 13 to Aug. 15, 2013