Vincent Pelletier, veteran radio and television announcer, died in his sleep of congestive heart failure on Feb. 25. He was 85.
Pelletier began his career in radio in Minneapolis in 1927. Four years later, he moved to Chicago and began his 13-year run as the announcer for the “Carnation Contented Hour” with Percy Faith’s Orchestra. During his radio days, his credits included “First Nighter” and “Armour Hour.” He also narrated the General Motors Futurama exhibit at the 1939 New York World’s Fair.
In 1946, he began his TV career, moving to Los Angeles and announcing “The Nat King Cole Show.” Over the years, he worked at KTTV, ABC, NBC and KCET, until retiring in 1976. He worked on recordings for the blind during his retirement.
Pelletier was a charter member of AFTRA and served on the union’s board in both Los Angeles and Chicago.
He is survived by his wife, a son, three daughters, nine grandchildren and a brother.
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Contributions may be made to the Frank Nelson Memorial Fund in care of the AFTRA Health & Retirement Fund, 6922 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028.