Steven H. Sweeney

  • Born: March 18, 1949
  • Died: February 5, 2020
  • Location: Manchester, New Hampshire

Phaneuf Funeral Homes & Crematorium - Hanover Street

243 Hanover Street
Manchester, NH 03104
Tel. (603) 625-5777

Tribute & Message From The Family

Steven H. Sweeney, 70, of Manchester, NH passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on February 5, 2020. Born in West Stewartstown, NH on March 18, 1949, he was son of the late Edward and Buella (Forbes) Sweeney. He shared 25 years of marriage with his wife, Elaine (Drouin) Sweeney.

Steven proudly served his country in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. He worked for the past eleven years as an environmental technician at the Elliot Hospital. In his free time, Steven was an avid fisherman. Fishing was his passion, and he loved fishing for trout in rivers and streams. He was a cherished husband, father, brother, grandfather and great-grandfather who loved spending time with family and teaching his grandchildren how to fish.

Steven leaves behind his wife, Elaine Sweeney; his sisters, Alberta Parsons and Evelyn Covey; his five children: Claire Washburn and her husband Billy, Angela Martineau and her husband Andrew, Candice Poisson and her husband Roger Jr., Shaun Washburn, and Kimberly Naum and her husband David; his eight grandchildren: Kendra Washburn, Kristyn Griffin, Kayla Kitchen, DJ Cormier, Courtney Martineau, Roger Poisson III, James and Tylar Naum; as well as nine great-grandchildren.

Calling hours will be held Wednesday, February 12 from 4pm-7pm at Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 243 Hanover Street, Manchester, NH. A funeral service will follow in the funeral home chapel at 7pm. Steven will be laid to rest at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery on Thursday, February 13th at 10am.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Steven's memory to the New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery Association


Condolence & Memory Journal

I send my condolences. I will be thinking about you when September comes and the patriots win their 7th super bowl because of you! Rest easy

Posted by David Bradley - Georgetown, MA - Family   February 15, 2020

Posted by Kimberly Naum - Georgetown, MA - Daughter   February 15, 2020

Dad I miss you so much. We grew extremely close the last few months with all we had to do to make you comfortable. We even sang and you played air guitar while in the car. You were the best thing that came into all our lives and I am glad I got to be apart of yours. I know the kids will miss going fishing with grandpa. But we will treasure all our memories. I promise to take care of mom for you. I love you

Posted by Claire Washburn - Manchester, NH - daughter   February 15, 2020

I had the privilege of working with Steve at the Elliot Hospital. Steve always had the best stories, I particularly enjoyed his stories about music and his travel. Steve's daily life revolved around helping not just his family and friends, but everyone he possibly could. Steve's service to our nation is just further proof of his selflessness. I will miss seeing Steve around Manchester very much, but will appreciate the memories I was able to make with him. Condolences to his wife, family, and friends.

Posted by Timothy Duggan - Manchester, NH   February 12, 2020


Rest in peace uncle Steve. The world will surely miss that sense of humor of yours. We never knew what you would come out with next but it almost always had us in stitches. Amazing that a man who went through so much in his life could bring so much joy to this world.

Posted by Lynn Quade - Swanzey, NH - Family   February 12, 2020


joj sorry to here a bout your brother, my thoughts are with you. love you Heidi,

Posted by HEIDI JOHNSON - FRANKLIN, NH - Family Friend   February 12, 2020

Steve had polio as a child. He was injured in service. Nothing stopped him from working hard. He had many struggles and he over came every one. He loved his wife Elaine with all his heart and his family. My sister Alberta, and I Evelyn appreciate all the words of comfort and support you have given ud

Posted by Evelyn Covey - Antrim, NH - family   February 11, 2020

You will be missed...remembering the fun family times when we were all younger and in Manchester. With love, Dave and Rose Scully

Posted by Rosie Scully - Keene, NH   February 11, 2020


Rest easy cousin, it's been many years since I last saw you but I have wonderful memories of our younger years. Fishing days in Colebrook and every other town in NH, remember one day in particular when us kids drank your ginger ale and filled the empty bottle up with brook water while you and dad were brook fishing. You took a big old gulp when you got back to the truck and nearly puked LOL, Priceless ! The countless poker games at my parents or up at Indian stream at the camp. You, uncle Ed and cousin Alan were always popping in for a poker night or a day of fishing, Then we all grew up, moved away, lost contact, but I'll never forget you and our family memories.

Posted by Wanda Hook - Littleton, NH - Family   February 11, 2020


Posted by James Naum 111 Tylar Naum - Weare, NH   February 10, 2020


RIP Uncle Steve, God Bless you!!!

Posted by Theresa Lynn Johnson-Ignatowski - milford, CT   February 10, 2020

Mom, im so sorry to hear of Uncle Steve's passing,its been a very long time since ive seen him but still have lots of memories. Prayers to Elaine, you and all of the family at this very difficult time RIP Uncle Steven!! :<

Posted by Theresa Lynn Johnson-Ignatowski - Milford, CT   February 10, 2020

I was very sad to hear of Steve's passing. He was a good person with a great sense of humor and loved his family dearly.

Posted by Jim Calimeri - Pembroke, NH   February 10, 2020

My best friend and more so a brother. I will miss him so much. He has gone fishing.

Posted by Roland Benson - Manchester, NH   February 10, 2020

So sorry to hear about Steve. He was a great guy that had a lot of stories.i worked with him at Hudson News and Elliot.

Posted by Linda Fudala - Manchester, NH - Friend   February 09, 2020


Sorry for your loss thoughts and prayers are with the Sweeney family he was a wonderful person to work with and will be deeply missed.

Posted by Sherryl Terrio - Manchester, NH - Coworker   February 09, 2020

Mr. Sweeney, Thank you for your service RDM Windham NH

Posted by A friend   February 09, 2020

im so glad i got to work with you at the elliot enjoyed the laughs and all your stories love seeing your face and the forcast and i will cherrish the xmas gifts you gave me and im very happy i gave you those special pins and i got to hug ya and tell ya i loves ya my friend

Posted by jill george - weare, NH - Coworker   February 08, 2020

I'm so sorry for your loss. He taught me a lot at Elliot.

Posted by Christine OBrien - Coworker   February 08, 2020

I'll always remember the stories you would tell me during break time at work. You'll be missed Steve.

Posted by Seth Cronin - Goffstown, NH - Coworker   February 08, 2020

Steve You are missed.Your smile and stories will always be remembered.Thanks for all you did for us at the Elliot, miss you. Here's to Eddie Van Halen!

Posted by your friends - NH   February 08, 2020

uncle steven u will be sadly missed by so many i will remember all the good times we had when i was a little girl may u rest in peace i love you

Posted by beth smith - berlin, NH - Family   February 08, 2020

My deepest condolences. May your treasured memories of Steven always fill your hearts with love and bring you peace.

Posted by A friend   February 08, 2020


Posted by LINDA DURANT - DEERING, NH - Family   February 08, 2020


My heart felt thoughts and prayers are with Stevens family and friends at this difficult time. May he RIP.

Posted by Pamela Marty - Manchester, NH - friend   February 08, 2020

Its with a heavy heart that I am writing this condolence message. Steve was my work friend. To say that Steve was a character would be putting it mildly. He shared many of his stories and life experiences with whoever would listen. Some stories seemed to be a little far fetched but no matter what they were entertaining. He enjoyed interacting with patients and never judged the mental health population. He always liked a good joke and loved to talk politics! Through the years, we shared family stories, joys and sorrows and our love for baked goods. Steve was my work Dad. The last time I saw him he brought his favorite girls our traditional Christmas treat, box of chocolates. He told us about his cancer and prognosis. He comforted us as our eyes welled with tears and even wiped a few of his own. He hugged me as he choked up and thanked me for being his friend. I never saw Steve again after that day. Sail on Scuba Steve! I miss your presence and still wait for you to walk onto the unit. Keep an eye on the unit from above Molly

Posted by Molly Nelson - coworker   February 07, 2020


I love you dad! I miss you and want you to fly high and RIP. Watch over us please and watch over mom and all the kiddos. Love you

Posted by Kim Naum - Georgetown, MA   February 07, 2020

Dad I love you and miss you so much! I hope your flying high and I will forever miss you! Please rest in paradise. ❤❤❤
Love you always and forever,
David and Your babygirl!

Posted by Kimberly Naum - Gerogetown, MA   February 07, 2020

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