Roger Duhamel

Roger Duhamel

Friday, April 1st, 1949 Sunday, July 28th, 2019

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Obituary for Roger Joseph Duhamel

Roger Joseph Duhamel passed away on Sunday, July 28, 2019 at the Merrimack Community Hospice House after a period of declining health.
Roger was born on April 1, 1949 in Nashua to the late Charles and Gertrude (Beaulieu) Duhamel. He was an April Fools Baby and must have decided early on that he was going to embrace his birth right, because he had a way of making everyone around him laugh.
He was the third oldest of seven children and grew up terrorizing the streets of Nashua with his only brother Raymond. Not that anyone would believe this today, but he was actually once a choir boy too!
In his teenage years, he met a beautiful girl named Cindy Philbrook and despite being stood up by him on their first date, they fell in love. They were married on February 6, 1971 and soon welcomed their first child, Sherry into the world. Between 1973 and 1975, the added two more children, Rhonda and David, making them a happy family of five. His Children and his wife Cindy were the center of his universe.
Although their immediate family was small, Roger being one of seven children, and Cindy being one of eleven meant that there was always family close by, and for Roger, that meant people to entertain. Family gatherings were full of silly jokes and funny stunts to get a chuckle out of his many nieces and nephews. Spending time with family was one of his favorite ways to pass the time.
The family was expanded again in 1995 when his youngest daughter married her husband Chris Fleming. Chris and Roger spent many hours bonding over New England sports and of course beer…two more of Roger’s favorite things.
In September 2003 Roger became a grandfather when his only grandchild, Nathan Fleming was born. Nathan was the apple of his eye and he adored him. When Nathan was about 4 years old, he recorded a ring tone for his Papa’s phone that said “Papa your phone is ringing” and despite Nathen being almost 16 now, his little 4 year old voice is still the only thing you will hear when you call Roger’s phone.
Aside from being a loving (and funny) family man, he was also a loyal and hard worker. He worked at Triangle Pacific Cabinets until they closed in 1993 and then began working as a custodian at Bicentennial School in Nashua. He thoroughly enjoyed his time at the school and soon became a favorite among the teachers and students for his outgoing personality and sense of humor.
Roger enjoyed the simple things in life, music, (especially jazz), being outdoors, Patriots football and above all else, his family.
SERVICES: Because of his love of life, his family has decided to hold a Celebration of Life to honor his memory. Family and Friends are welcome to attend and are encouraged to dress casually and in their favorite New England Patriots attire. The celebration will be held at Davis Funeral Home, One Lock Street in Nashua on Friday, August 2nd from 12pm-2pm, followed by a brief service at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Merrimack Community Hospice House, 210 Naticook Road, Merrimack NH.

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    Friday, August 2nd, 2019 | 12:00pm - 2:00pm
    Davis Funeral Home
    One Lock Street
    Nashua, New Hampshire
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    Friday, August 2nd, 2019
    12:00pm - 2:00pm
  • Service

    Friday, August 2nd, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Davis Funeral Home
    One Lock Street
    Nashua, New Hampshire
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Friday, August 2nd, 2019
    Davis Funeral Home

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Carol Coutoumas

I, too, taught at Bicentennial. Every afternoon when Roger emptied the trash he would toss (throw) the can back on the floor. It would always spin on its rim, making a loud, obnoxious noise. The kids loved it and would look forward to his daily racket. A great man.
With sympathies,
Carol Coutoumas
Comment | Posted at 05:31pm via Condolence

Jeff Goumas

I taught at Bicentennial for four years and, during that time, closed the school many a late night with him—with lots of banter and laughter that probably prevented us both from doing our jobs particularly well :) This tribute perfectly captures the person I condolences to the family and regrets that I cannot attend the celebration of his life. I'm certain it will be filled with fond memories. Peace and love.
Comment | Posted at 05:02pm via Condolence

Allan Dichard

As I sit here with my patriots jersey on I remember all the fun times we had at Bicentennial school. You would always know when Roger was around with the many jokes he would tell Myself and Dan for the millionth time, and the pranks he would try to get us on everyday. I wish I could be there today but I am at Mass general with my Daughter but my heart and prayers are with Roger. When Roger arrives at his final destination I am sure he will tell a joke to open the gates of heaven and they will all get to enjoy his jokes and friendship as we have here. Cindy and family my deepest condolences he will be missed!

Allan D Dichard
friend and co-worker
Comment | Posted at 02:29pm via Condolence

Ruth Meyer

Every afternoon when Roger came into the office at Bicentennial to start his routine for the day, his one-man show routine would start as well! "Hey", he would say as he held up a small pail, "Do I look a little pale?” he would ask with a twinkle in his eye. The year of his retirement from Bicentennial, he started leaving a red rubber band on my desk for me to find every Thursday morning. At first, I just would throw it in my stash of rubber bands until I started realizing the pattern. He finally came in one day and asked, "Hey, you been getting the rubber bands I've been leaving for you? They are from my sandwich that I have every Wednesday night!" I laughed and said that he was so very thoughtful. The last one he left for me when he retired I saved, wrote the date on it and taped to my computer monitor. I always pointed it out to him when he came back to visit. I shall cherish that memento more than ever now. I am really going to miss you, my friend.
Comment | Posted at 08:29pm via Condolence

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