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Elaine Landry-Pion

Elaine Landry-Pion

Thursday, May 20th, 2021
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Elaine Marie Landry-Pion, a long-time resident of Acton, formerly of Waltham, passed away unexpectedly on May 20, 2021. She was 70 years old. She was the beloved wife of Robert Pion to whom she was married for 42 years.

Elaine was born in Boston and raised in Waltham. She was the third of four children of the late Philip and Jean (Stratton) Landry. She was a proud graduate of St. Mary’s in Waltham and often kept in touch with her classmates and high school friends.

She attended Merrimack College and upon graduation had several teaching positions. One of those was at Readak, a company whose teachers taught reading and comprehensive skills to students in private schools in New England, New York and New Jersey.

She began her career in Higher Education as a Program Director at Bentley University (College) in the Adult Evening Program. While there, she enrolled in the Harvard University School of Education and obtained first a Masters Degree in Education and then her Doctorate. While in the EdD program, she worked at Massachusetts Higher Education and the Harvard Program on Negotiation developing programs and negotiation exercises for these institutions.

With her credentials, she was hired at Babson College as an Associate Professor teaching Conflict Resolution and Negotiations for the Graduate School. She received tenure and continued teaching Negotiations for graduate and undergraduate students. A past winner of the teacher of the year award, Elaine taught at Babson for 29 years. Her passion in teaching was to help students understand, practice and develop skills that would enhance their professional careers. The rapport she had with them was remarkable and for many extended beyond graduation.

Elaine was a great fan of Boston Sports teams and enjoyed the banter with friends and family over wins, losses, “lousy calls”, referee mistakes and coaching decisions. She would always say, after the fact, that whoever won was her pick.

Of most importance to Elaine was her love and devotion to her family, her husband Bob, her siblings, friends and especially to the nieces and nephews. With the nieces and nephews, there were sleepovers, museum visits, theater trips, cookie making parties and other fun activities that were accompanied with a dose of Elaine’s shared value of education. She enjoyed participating in and attending school events, sporting activities, plays and of course, graduations. She continued to be delighted in the birth of the latest round of children, the grand nieces and nephews.

Her family will miss her thoughtful and playful spirit along with her wit, creativity, spontaneity and above all her capacity to love.

In addition to her husband, Elaine is survived by her siblings, Patricia Landry of Maynard MA, Kathleen Bergen, husband Gilbert of Bradenton FL and Philip Landry and his wife, Claire of Plymouth, MA. She also leaves her many nieces and nephews: Michael Pion, New Bedford; Christopher Pion, New Bedford, MA; Jennifer Lamora (Bergen), spouse Joseph, Sarasota, FL; Timothy Bergen, partner Caitlin Cone, San Francisco CA; Carolyn Marzilli (Landry), spouse Jonathan, Walpole, MA; Christine Cavallo (Landry) spouse Alex, Medfield, MA; Douglas Landry, fiancée Alethea Daheshiar, Denver CO.

Services for Elaine will be held privately.

Those who wish may make memorial donations to: either the Acton Food Pantry www.actonfoodpantry.org/ or to Household Goods, Acton. www.householdgoods.org/donate/

Condolences may be sent to Robert Pion 191 Central St. Acton, MA 01720

Memorial page: www.actonfuneralhome.com
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    Mount Hope Cemetery
    180 Central Street
    ACTON, MA 01720
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Liz Kantowski-Distasio

Posted at 01:09am
Bob, Patricia, Kathy & Gil, Philip & Claire and family, I am so sorry learning of Elaine’s death just now. I haven’t seen her in a while, living in Acton, I have run into her many times over 30 years. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time. God Bless 🙏🙏.

Steven Petrowsky

Posted at 03:04pm
Fortunately Elaine and I were able to re-connect at the time of our High School 50th reunion. We first met in Grammar school and were very close friends over the years. We had a lot of fun times and adventures together. It´s had to believe that she has left us at such an early age. Elaine was a very special person. My thoughts and prayers are with her family at this sad time.

Ann Policelli Cronin

Posted at 02:30pm
For her whole life, Elaine spread joy to us all. I remember her as a little one of two, greeting me at the door of her home, holding onto her two ears, one with each hand, and saying to me, "Guess what. I am two ears old!' For all of our growing up years, Elaine brought her special sparkle to all our family gatherings and Sunday trips to the beach. I loved her quick wit and the twinkle in her eye. Elaine was not a light thinker; she knew the pain of life and also had a profound gratitude for life's goodness. Elaine also was a deep thinker who enriched my life by sharing her perspectives with me, particularly her passion for teaching. I send my love to Bob, the love of Elaine's life, to Pat, to Kathy and Gil, and to Phil and Clare. May God comfort you in your deep grief.

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