ALNA — Peter Joseph Shalins, 67, died March 31, at his daughter’s residence.
He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., June 21, 1946, the son of Peter John and Olga Marie Shalins. In 1964, he graduated from Walt Whitman High School. He entered the U.S. Army, serving in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Bronze Star. On Sept. 22, 1973, he married Pamela Eckert and had three daughters.
He was employed by the Huntington Highway Department for 31 years and also had his own polka band, The Pete Shalins Band, where he was lead singer and song writer and played the accordion. In 2003, he moved to Florida after his retirement to be with his mother, Olga Shalins, where he enjoyed playing shuffleboard and attending local polka dances. In 2012, he moved to Maine and resided with his daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia and Mark Rego.
He was an avid fan of the New York Mets. He enjoyed music, playing blackjack, and especially spending time with his daughters and grandchildren.
He is survived by three daughters, Veronica Bretton and husband, Eric, of Gorham, Melody Shalins and Linwood Greenleaf, of Topsham, and Cynthia Rego and husband, Mark, of Alna; their brother, Tommy George Jr. and wife, Krista, of Alna; three cousins, Lorraine Kotelnicki, Christina Loy and Linda Silver; six grandchildren, Jordan and Amber Bretton, Dakota Shalins, Jade, and Jasmine and Peter Rego; and two stepgrandchildren, Benjamin and Cameron Greenleaf.
Burial will be at Pinelawn Memorial Park in Farmingdale, N.Y. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or stjude.org. Arrangements are by Daigle Funeral Home, Bath.