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Obituary for Edward David Bureau II

Edward D Bureau II passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 3, 2024, at The Huntington of Nashua surrounded by the love of his children and grandchildren. He was born in Salem, MA on January 26, 1931, the son of Edward D Bureau and Margaret (McDonald) Bureau.

Ed grew up in Salmon Falls, NH. He attended UNH with the aid of an Air Force ROTC scholarship. He was the first in his family to attend college, and he made his parents proud with this accomplishment. Following graduation, Ed was stationed in Okinawa, Japan from 1953 to 1955 during and following the Korean War where he served as an Intelligence Officer. He remained in the Air Force Reserves until 1966 attaining the rank of Captain.

Following active duty, Ed attended the University of Michigan Law School. While at the University of Michigan, he met Constance Wojtach. They married in Chicago, IL on October 17, 1959, and moved to Derry, NH where Ed had accepted a position as a lawyer with Judge George Grinnell. Ed quickly became a partner, and they established the firm of Grinnell & Bureau. Ed continued to practice law for over 50 years into his 80’s.

Ed and Connie raised five children in a loving home with a strong value for education. Ed was elected as the Moderator for the Derry Cooperative School District in 1969 and served the town in that position for another 28 years. He was a trustee of Pinkerton Academy for 26 years and served as president of the Board of Trustees for 10 years. He believed in the town of Derry and helped incorporate Derry Bank and Trust to help to provide community members with local banking access. Ed also served his religious community as a lector and eucharistic minister for many years at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Derry and Immaculate Conception Church in Nashua.

When not practicing law or serving the community, Ed enjoyed music and the outdoors. He and Connie took their children to many musicals at the Palace Theatre in Manchester, teaching them love of music and the arts, and were patrons of the Community Concert series of Nashua for many years after they moved to Nashua.

He especially loved being near the water: vacations with his family at Pawtuckaway Lake, walking the beach in San Diego when visiting with his daughters, never missing an opportunity for a dip in the ocean when on Caribbean cruises with his wife Connie, weekend trips to the Stage Neck Inn, and family reunion trips to Newfound Lake. An avid gardener, Ed maintained a vegetable garden at his Nesmith Street home in Derry, later switching to flowers in his plots at the Huntington of Nashua. He was known throughout the Huntington community for his love of walks around the grounds.

He is survived by his son Edward Bureau III and daughter-in-law Susan Bureau of Atkinson, NH; his daughter Deborah LaFreniere and son-in-law Gary LaFreniere of North Swanzey, NH; his daughter Susan Rodriguez and son-in-law Imar Rodriguez of San Diego, CA; his daughter Nancy Bureau and son-in-law Forrest Newman of Ft Collins, CO; his daughter Sarah Garvin and son-in-law Patrick Garvin of Derry, NH; his grandchildren Hannah Bureau and husband Ethan Parcell of Chicago, IL; Michael Bureau and wife Kelly Bureau of Burlington, VT; Joelle LaFreniere and fiancé Christopher Marshall of Portland, ME; Camila Rodriguez of San Diego, CA; Isabella Rodriguez of San Diego, CA; Zachary Garvin of Derry, NH; and Benjamin Garvin of Derry, NH.

SERVICES: Visitation will be held on Friday, February 9, 2024, from 4:00 – 6:00 pm at Davis Funeral Home, 1 Lock St., Nashua, NH 03064. A funeral mass will follow on Saturday, February 10, 2024, at 10:00 am at Immaculate Conception Parish, 216 E. Dunstable Rd., Nashua, NH 03062. Friends and family are invited to attend. Interment will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make a contribution to the scholarship fund “The Huntington at Nashua – EAF” at The Huntington at Nashua, c/o Peggy Mellon, 55 Kent Lane, Nashua NH 03062.