Jan. 22, 1955 to May 11, 2011
Thomas Albert Pierre Mallette, a native of Montreal, Canada, passed away Wednesday, May 11, 2011, at his home in Sonoma.
He was a 25-year resident of Sonoma. His wife and son, along with Chris and Jan of Hospice By The Bay, were by his bedside when he took his last breaths, losing his courageous battle to pancreatic cancer.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert Mallette and Jeanne Renaud. He was the beloved husband of, Antoinette (Toni) and loving father of Pierre Albert (PJ); also, loving brother of Paul Mallette and his family of Montreal, Canada.
Immigrating to the United States in 1982, his work as maitre d' at San Francisco's Four Seasons Clift Hotel and later at the Washington Square Bar & Grill, led him to meet, greet and befriend many of the famous and "infamous" personalities of the entertainment, sports and political arenas. His love of food and wine naturally brought him to Sonoma where he continued his work in the hospitality department of Valley wineries and provided special tours of the Wine Country. His proudest day was when he acquired his American citizenship in 1991. For leisure, he enjoyed playing petanque with friends and family at the Valley of the Moon petanque courts.
Pierre lived his life to the fullest and with no regrets. He was always giving from his heart. From his childhood, throughout his entire life, and until the very end of his dying journey, Pierre extended his arms out to others, including donating his body for medical education.
As Pierre approached death, these lyrics held meaning for him, "It's a new dawn, it's a new day, it's a new life for me, and I'm feeling good."
And at this time, Pierre wished to have Jack London quoted, "I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet." His face was all aglow after he took his last breath.
Pierre often said, "I've lived more than most." A gathering to remember will take place sometime in July.