Leo A. Desrosiers

  • Died: January 12, 2021
  • 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

Leo A. Desrosiers passed away peacefully after a period of declining health, on January 12, 2021 at home with his loving family by his side at the age of 81.

He was born in Manchester, NH, the son of the late Albert & Lucille (Bazin) Desrosiers. He graduated from Bishop Bradley HS in 1961. Leo joined the Army in 1962 and served with the 503rd Infantry until his Honorable Discharge in 1964. He belonged to the Precious Blood Legion of One Thousand Men and the American Legion Post 2.

Throughout his life he was a truck driver and he retired from JWM Inc. at Rockingham Race Track in Salem, NH. In his retirement he worked for the Senior Center Meal-on-Wheels.

He was a gentle, generous, and soft-spoken man who loved to be in his garage with many friends and family who mingled by the wood stove, where stories were told and filled with laughter. Fishing was also a passion of his.

Leo is survived by his second wife, Donna (Pinard) Desrosiers of Manchester; his sons, Ronald F. Desrosiers and wife Debra of Auburn and Donald E. Desrosiers and his wife Tracy Lynn of Manchester; step-sons, Raymond Pinard and his wife Charon of Concord, Robert Pinard and his wife Cheryl of Manchester, Marc Pinard and his wife Carol of Philadelphia, PA; step-daughters, Christine Barss and her husband Lloyd of Littleton, Lisa Vaal and her husband Jim of Manchester, Debra Rehm and her husband Tim of Allentown, PA and Susan Demanche and her husband Marc of Candia; grandchildren, Alex Desrosiers and wife Sarah, Jesse, Julia and Alexis; 18 step-grandchildren and 13 step great- grandchildren; his sisters, Pauline Demanche of Pembroke, Ruth Shea of Franklin, Loraine Haley, Diane Proulx and Susie Desrosiers of Manchester; brothers, Henry and Raymond Desrosiers of Manchester and Emile Desrosiers of Merrimack; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his first wife Madeline (Senechal) in 1981, son Norman in 1992, and sisters Claire and Irene.

Due to the COVID Pandemic, services will be postponed until a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Visiting Angels, PO Box 715, Auburn, NH 03032.

Condolence & Memory Journal

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. Sorry for your loss.

Posted by Jodi - Acquaintance   February 26, 2021

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow What a wonderful person. Especially to his wife and Dave Demanche.

Posted by Lise    January 18, 2021

Our sympathy to the family on the loss of our Cousin. Your in our prayers. Mike & Denise (Hebert) Rosander and Aaron & Claire (Hebert) Goldstein.

Posted by Denise Rosander - Warner, NH - Family   January 18, 2021

Leo was a great neighbor and friend , our families are extremely close .
I consider myself another son to him.
Thoughts and love to him and his family always .
Brian Leclerc neighbor

Posted by brian leclerc - Neighbor   January 17, 2021

To all my wonderful and much loved cousins, and his wife and family, my heart goes out to all of you during this difficult time. Leo's great smile is what I remember most about him. May he rest in peace. You are all in my prayers.

Posted by Jeanne (Desrosiers) O'Connor - Kennebunk, ME - Family   January 16, 2021


To the whole Desrosiers family our deepest sympathies. Leo was a great neighbor for the past 43 years he surely will be missed in the neighborhood. Hang on to your memories as they will provide much comfort in the difficult days ahead you will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Kevin & Carmen Padden - Manchester, NH - Neighbor   January 15, 2021

Leo A. Desrosiers family & friends.....please accept my deepest sympathies & condolences....I remember ice skating at the house Aunt Pauline would invite my parents and myself up to skate at the house.....we had lots of fun times there I me skating there loved it....again so very sorry for your loss. God Bless to all

Posted by Lillian (Demanche) Frost - Hudson, NH - Family Friend   January 14, 2021

Ray my old friend glad to see we are both hanging in there sorry for the loss of your brother
you are in thoughts and prayers for you and your family

Posted by maurice gagnon - braintree, MA   January 14, 2021

To the Desrosiers Family:

On behalf of a grateful nation, and the Department of NH, VFW/Auxiliary District #7, we wish to acknowledge your loved one's service to our country, and send our deepest condolences on your loss.

District #7 Chaplain,
Cathy Burns

Posted by A friend   January 13, 2021

Rocky, to your family, our thoughts a prayers go out to you. The Myrdek family.

Posted by Mark Myrdek - Friend   January 13, 2021

Aunt Donna sorry to hear about Uncle Leo's passing always enjoyed seeing and talking to him at the store

Posted by Bob & Eileen Lescatre - Manchester, NH - Family   January 13, 2021

Sorry for your loss. Leo, may you Rest In Peace

Posted by Dan & Ann Desrosiers - Family   January 13, 2021

Rocky and Family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this challenging time. May happy memories help comfort you through this process.

Bob Camire, M40+ Hockey

Posted by Bob Camire - Hooksett, NH - Friend   January 13, 2021

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