2010-04-21 / Obituaries

William E. Pellerin, local dentist since 1976, dies

Dr. William E. Pellerin 65, of Waynesboro, Ga., died Thursday, April 15, 2010 at University Hospital in Augusta, Ga.

He had practiced family dentistry and orthodontics since 1976 when he moved to Waynesboro and opened Burke Dental Center on Council Street.

A native of Schenectady, N.Y., he served in the U.S. Air Force and attended Kennesaw State University and the Georgia Institute of Technology. He graduated from Medical College of Georgia’s School of Dentistry, where he also served as an instructor in the late 1970s.

He was an avid hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman and loved spending time on his Burke County farm. He also enjoyed woodworking and training his Labrador retrievers.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Pellerin of Waynesboro, his daughter, Victoria Rizzo and husband Joe of Scotia, N.Y., his son, William Joseph Pellerin and wife Melissa of Myrtle Beach, S.C., his sisters, Joyce Parcher and husband Clay of Streeter, Ill. and Betty Skoff and husband Hubert of Nathan, N.Y.; his grandson, Nathan Rizzo, his step-granddaughter, Amber Harriott of Augusta, his step-grandsons, Cameron Sims of Jacksonville, Fla. and Jordan Robinson of Chattanooga, Tenn. Also surviving are his special friends, Billie Walker of Kennesaw, Ga., John Hurst of Waynesboro, Ga., Dr. Phyllis Pendergrast of Fairbanks, Alaska, Theresa Rickerson and her daughter Brianna Bell of Waynesboro, Ga.

In honor of Dr. Pellerin’s wishes, no funeral services will be held. He was cremated and his ashes will be buried on his farm.

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