Rodney Arthur Trahan

  • Born: November 27, 1954
  • Died: June 30, 2019
  • Location: Littleton, New Hampshire

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Littleton, NH 03561

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Tribute & Message From The Family


LITTLETON, NH – On Sunday, June 30, 2019, Rodney Arthur Trahan, loving son, husband, father, and Papa passed away suddenly at the age of 64.

Rod was born on November 27, 1954 in Littleton, NH to Arthur and Jeanette (Longchamp) Trahan.

He attended Catholic School in Littleton and Littleton High School and was very active in sports. On August 25, 1973 he married Donna Anderson. They raised two wonderful sons, Jesse and Colin. Together, Rod and Donna started Arrow Equipment, Inc. and later, with the help of Jesse and Colin expanded their business to include Arrow Express and most recently Arrow Central. With his construction background, they also have built many single-family homes in the area and have several rental properties.

Rod was very proud of his "3rd generation born and raised in Littleton" heritage and twice as proud that his sons and grandchildren would continue that heritage. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed teaching the sport to his boys and loved hunting with his Dad, brothers, sons and nephews. Rod was a very devoted son. He loved his mother very much and watched over her constantly. When they moved on the Connecticut River in 2006, he was excited about living on the water as waterskiing was his passion. And how he loved to waterski with his family and friends. The skiing friends he made during those years were priceless.

Rod was preceded in death by his father, Arthur and his brother Robert. He is survived by his mother, Jeanette, his wife Donna, his sons, Jesse and wife Danielle, Colin and his significant other Mandi Belyea, his grandchildren Greyson, Autumn, Reevely, Bode, Jay and Mathieu, his two "adopted" Canadian grandsons Joshua and Matthew, his brother Richard and wife Bonnie, sister Janice and husband John Brick, many loving cousins, nieces, nephews, in-laws, his family of employees past and present and very special friends (you all know who you are…).

SERVICES – A Mass of Christian Rite will be held on Monday, July 8, 2019 at St. Rose of Lima Church in Littleton, NH at 11:00 a.m. with The Very Reverend Mark Dollard as Celebrant. A gathering will follow at the Elks Club.

In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation to the ALS Foundation, the FindACure Scholarship Foundation, or a charity of your choice in Rod's name.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I just saw this. Rodney was a great guy. I can't think of anyone in our 'Class of 73' with a bigger heart. He was always a gentleman.

Posted by Ray Cover - Pelham, NH - Classmate   August 24, 2019

I really enjoyed coaching Rodney in basketball and cross country. I could never teach him to dunk.

Paul McFarland, Coach
Lincolnville, Maine 7/12/19

Posted by Paul McFarland - Lincolnville, ME - Teacher   July 12, 2019

Donna & Family- it's with a heavy heart that I offer my deepest sympathies at this most difficult time. I look back with fondness at the pick-up basketball and street hockey games of our youth. As much as he was a standout athlete, Rod was such a kind hearted person and an absolute joy to have him as a friend.

Posted by Dave Nute - Hooksett, NH   July 10, 2019

Donna and family, words cannot describe how sad I am to hear about Rod's death. He was one of the nicest person I have ever met. I am blessed to have known him and shared life with him from first grade in St. Rose through Littleton High. When I saw his Grandchildren listed it reminded me of our conversation we had at the last reunion. I was telling him about my Grandchildren and he was telling me about his wish for Grandchildren. I'm glad he got his wish. He may be gone from this earth, but he lives on.

Posted by Mary Jo Latulip Holliday - Jackson, TN - Classmate   July 10, 2019

I am sad to hear this news. You all are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

Posted by Rita (Goodell) Blackadar - Bow, NH - Classmate   July 10, 2019

Thinking of you all during this difficult time. Joe and Gloria (Thurston) Konicki

Posted by Joe and Gloria Konicki - West Fiarlee, VT - Friend   July 09, 2019

Donna and Family I was so saddened to hear of Rod's passing. He was an exceptional man. I will miss his friendliness and smile. I am so sorry for all of your loss. Sending you all of the love. EILEEN SHEA

Posted by Eileen Shea - Littleton, NH - Friend   July 09, 2019

Donna, My sincerest condolences to you and your family. Rod was such a special person, always had a smile on his face. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Lorraine (Stafford) Mansfield - Wakefield, NH - Classmate   July 09, 2019

Donna, Jesse and Colin, We are saddened to hear of the loss of Rod and the heartbreak you all must be feeling. We hope you find comfort in your great memories of Rod and peace in the love he shared as a husband, dad, grandfather and friend. May the warmth and love of family and friends help you through this uncertain time.
Lynne and Peter McCabe

Posted by Lynne and Peter McCabe - Littleton, NH - Friend   July 09, 2019

Jesse & Colin, I am so sorry about the loss of your father he was Great!! I miss the days when he would take to the basketball court with all of us back in the day. God speed to him and God Bless you both and all of your family.

Posted by Aaron Johnson - Franconia, NH - Friend   July 09, 2019

So sorry to hear of the loss of Rod; we were good friends in high school and we loved to watch him play basketball! We send our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends who knew him best over the years. Deepest sympathies, Michael and Julie (Ghioto) Andrews, Gilford, NH

Posted by Julie Andrews - Gilford, NH - Friend   July 08, 2019

Rod was a high school basketball team mate. He was an intense competitor and fun to practice and be with. He's made Littleton proud with his accomplishments raising a fine family and through hard work becoming a successful businessman. Very sad to hear of his passing. Sending prayers to the family during this difficult time.

Posted by Bill Wright - Newington, NH - Friend   July 08, 2019

It is hard to lose a friend and a family member. Donna, Jesse and Colin. You were blessed with a great husband and father and I, a great brother in law. Know that Tammy's, Taylor's and my thoughts are with you in this difficult time and forever. He was a very giving person and will be missed.

Posted by Dana Nute - Sanbornton, NH - Family   July 07, 2019


I am very sad to hear of Rod's Passing and wish to
give my sincere condolences to the family. You can be
sure that there are many friends, coworkers, and customers,
as well as the entire community that share in feeling a
great loss, as I do. I am very glad to have known and worked
with Rod and will sorely miss him.

Posted by Steven Boulanger - LITTLETON, NH - Friend   July 07, 2019

My heart goes out to you, Donna, and your family at this time. Rodney will be greatly missed. He was always a stand-up guy and I remember him always with a smile and easy going nature. Remember him in the lessons he gave, the life he shared and the love he showed.
David Benson, Monroe Township, NJ July 7th, 2019

Posted by David Benson - MONROE TOWNSHIP, NJ - Classmate   July 07, 2019

Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.
Rod made the world better for many. I am grateful to have known him.
Scott Miles

Posted by scott Miles - Iona, FL - Classmate   July 06, 2019

This is so sad. He will be missed.

Posted by Becky Merrow - Colebrook, NH - Family Friend   July 06, 2019

Donna, Jesse & Colin,
We are so sorry for your loss, unfortunately can not make the service, but we will be up in two weeks and we will certainly stop by to see you. Until then, I can't seem to find the words that could possibly help you other than, you have many friends and we all thinking of you in these difficult times.

Posted by Jack Strain - deerfield beach, FL - Family Friend   July 06, 2019

So very sorry, with a heavy heart you all are in it.. Love for you all, always..

Posted by Kathy and Kurt Lavoie - LITTLETON, NH   July 06, 2019

Donna, Collin & Jessie. My Condolences. My heart breaks for you all. Rod will be greatly remembered.
Becky Pageau &
Cutter Flynn
& Family

Posted by Rebecca Pageau - Wilmington, NC - Friend   July 06, 2019

my condolences to the family in this difficult time i hope you can find some good out of this situation. Mike Yeargle.

Posted by mike yeargle - LITTLETON, NH - Friend   July 06, 2019


To a man and a family that are more than just friends, you are all like family! Rod's beautiful smile, big heart and kindness was beyond words. Rod has been like a father to Josh and Matt, we will keep him in our heart's always and he will be dearly missed. We will celebrate his life forever! All our love to Donna, Jessi and Colin. Your Canadian friends, Lisa, Josh and Matt.

Posted by Lisa, Josh, Matt - Lac-Brome, Canada - Friend   July 06, 2019

Y'all Are In My Heart...Love, Cousin Nancy

Posted by Nancy Harris - Hendersonville, NC - Family   July 06, 2019

Donna, Jessi and Colin, I am so very sorry for your loss.
Ruth Brusseau Prayers for you all

Posted by Ruth Brusseau Baer - Candia, NH - Acquaintance   July 05, 2019

Iam speechless..I have know Rod for such a long time that I find this very hard. Donna my thoughts are with you, the boys and family members at this very difficult time....

Posted by Dianne Castello - Bath, NH - Classmate   July 05, 2019

Hi Donna,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. Our deepest condolences to you and your family.
Rod was a very nice person and always pleasant to talk with. Hugs.

Posted by Roland and Armande Haché - Bradenton, FL - Friend   July 05, 2019

Donna and family,
We are so deeply saddened to learn of Rod's passing. Your entire family has meant so much to us over the years. We couldn't have ordered any better neighbors than all of you. Rod was a wonderful person, and will be missed by so many people. Cherish the wonderful memories; sending healing prayers to all.

Posted by Pete and Deb Poulsen - Littleton, NH   July 05, 2019

Donna, Jessi, Colin, I'm so so sorry. Rod was a role-model to me, A successful businessman, a great boss that always did what he could to make people happy. Always smiling. He made me laugh almost everyday. You guys are a strong family and will get through these tough times.

Posted by Hunter Yeargle - Littleton, NH - Coworker   July 05, 2019

Donna I send prayers to you and your family , I ran into Rod at the hospital friday and had a short chat...He was a very special person. He always had a smile and a handshake for me....RIB Rod ...If there is anything I can do to help PLEASE let me know....

Posted by Mike and Kim Lombardi - Littleton, NH - Friend   July 05, 2019

Donna, my heart and prayers go out to you and your family. I am stunned to hear about Rodney's passing. He was one of the best. Sending you much love my friend.

Posted by Mary Coleman - Littleton, NH - Friend   July 05, 2019

Donna, my heart goes out to you and your family during this very unsetteling time. I hope you find peace in knowing he touched so many lives and always had a quick smile for everyone. May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.

Posted by Pamela Hess NEWMAN - Sequim, WA - classmate   July 05, 2019

Donna, Colin, Mandi, Jesse, and Danielle,
We will sadly miss hearing "Hello to the Boat" on the River! You are in our thoughts and we loved Rod. Know that you have friends close by that care deeply.
Scott Hooker and Marion Anastasia

Posted by Marion Anastasia - Waterford, VT - Friend   July 05, 2019

My thoughts are with you all. I'm so sorry for your loss. May you find peace in the memories that you all share.He was a great guy!! RIP Rod..

Posted by Robyn Mason - MOORESVILLE, NY - Friend   July 05, 2019

To All the family. You were his fuel for his success as a businessman and a family man. He will always be in our hearts. I am extremely sorry for your loss. Rod was the best!!

Posted by John Simon - Littleton, NH - Family Friend   July 05, 2019

"Rompin" Rod Trahan-my good buddy for 50 years. Grateful and thankful for your faithful friendship and so many good memories. One of those most joyful memories for me was on a cold December 1971 night in Concord NH. We had just won the Concord Christmas BBall tourney beating heavily favored Concord High school thanks much in part because of your great play that night. After celebrating our win at Howdy's Hamburger restaurant when we were all getting back on the bus to return to Littleton, you decided to skip over to a nearby Dunkin Donuts, and at that same time our bus pulled out without you. Just so happened as you exited Dunkin Donuts and saw the bus leaving you behind, into the Dunkin Donuts parking lot came a NH State Trooper. We were 5 miles outside of Concord and had no idea why a state trooper was pulling us champions over and as the bus driver opened the door to address the State Trooper in you walked Rod with the biggest smile and most boisterous laugh that lit up our bus with a thunderous roar.
Thank you "Romp"-I will never forget that night-I will never forget you-thank you for being my good buddy!!

Posted by Steve Simon - Littleton, NH - Friend   July 04, 2019

Our sincerest condolences to the whole clan.

Mike and Chieko Coutu

Posted by Michael Coutu - Nagoya, Japan - Family   July 04, 2019

We were sorry to hear. Please know that we are thinking of you all.

Posted by Linda and Bob Clark - Lisbon, NH   July 04, 2019

Donna and Family,
We are are so sorry to hear of Rod's passing.
What a wonderfully kind person with a beautiful spirit.
We keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
Love , Mike and Rhoda Anderson
Killingworth, Ct

Posted by Michael Anderson - Killingworth, CT - Teacher   July 04, 2019

Donna and family.

You are in my thoughts.

Posted by Bart Hill - Holden, MA - Classmate   July 04, 2019


Donna & Family,
I was so heartbroken when I heard that Rod had passed. He was a wonderful person, boss, friend... Your family always made me feel like a part of yours whenI worked with all of you and still do. He will be missed by so many people. Please let me know if you or anyone needs anything... Sending all of you my very deepest condolences, thoughts & prayers.

Posted by Lee Chamberlain - Littleton, NH - Friend   July 04, 2019

terribly sorry, as a employee of Arrow, Rod was a great Boss as well as a good friend the many years I have been there, he will be missed very much, George Russell

Posted by George Russell - Carroll, NH - Friend   July 04, 2019

Donna and family, we were saddened to hear of Rod's passing. Please accept our condolences and prayers of strength for all of you to heal from this sudden loss.

Posted by Mike and Joy Thompson - Littleton, NH - Friend   July 03, 2019

Dear Donna and family, words cannot adequately express the sorrow we feel at this loss. May God's grace comfort you and may Rodney rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
With Love, Bruce and Cindy

Posted by Bruce & Cindy Bissett - White River Junction, VT - Family   July 03, 2019

Donna, Jesse and Colin, my deepest condolences on your loss. I have fond memories of Rod on the boat and always thought he was a great guy. Thinking of you all.

Posted by Sue Shaw - Ballston Spa, NY - Family Friend   July 03, 2019

With such sadness I hold you all in my heart❣

Posted by Kendra Gould - Hooksett, NH - Family Friend   July 03, 2019

Donna and I were so saddened to hear this news and send our condolences, thoughts, prayers, and best wishes to Donna and the family....Kevin and Donna Lemire

Posted by Kevin Lemire - New Smyrna Beach, FL - Friend   July 03, 2019

to the Trahan family.Sharon and I are greatly saddened at the passing of Rod. Life in Florida will have an empty spot without him. We will keep your family in prayer. Rod will never be forgotten.

Mike and Sharon Caruso

Posted by Mike Caruso - Bemus Point, NY - Family Friend   July 03, 2019

We were blind-sided and are beyond sad! David and I are so sorry for your immense loss . . .

Posted by Wanda and David McLure - Littleton, NH - Friend   July 03, 2019

Donna and family, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Posted by John and Donna Simon - Littleton, NH - Friend   July 03, 2019

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Donna and family. You are in my thoughts.