Captain Peter Allen “Big Pete” Larlee was born March 10, 1958, to Joan and Bernard Larlee of East Millinocket, Maine. Pete worked at Great Northern Paper Company for many years while working as a volunteer firefighter and dispatcher at East Millinocket Fire. When the mill closed in 2007, Pete began a career in EMS. There he met and married Susan Larlee, his wife of 14 years.
Pete’s true love was snowmobiling in the Great Maine Woods. You could find him out on the trails looking for the lost sledder or doing a cold weather rescue. Pete had a passion for children. He loved to teach, from fire safety at the local schools to Monday night fire training.
Pete became a great friend of Pastor Reggie and Joan Adams, which soon led to him becoming a Christian six months before he passed away. Pete was known for his booming voice on the dispatch radio as “East Mill 229.”
Pete had a genuine love for life and is greatly missed by his family. He is survived by his wife, Susan (Gagnon) Larlee; three daughters, Jimly Harris, Rachel Bousquet and her husband, Jeremy, and Robin Larlee; four grandchildren, Jasmine, Kennedi, Desmond, and Norah; a sister, Eloise Boss, and her husband, Donald; and two nieces, Sarah and Michelle. He is sadly missed by the brotherhood of firefighters at East Millinocket Fire Department.
Rest easy, Big Guy. We’ll take it from here.