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Roger Joseph Gregoire, 79, of Manchester passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 26, 2023 at home after a long battle with cancer. He was born March 19, 1943 in Manchester, NH to Liniere and Marie Ange (Longchamps) Gregoire. He graduated from Bishop Bradley High School in 1961 and then Anselm’s College in 1967 where he earned a bachelor's degree in Arts. He then went on to earn a master's degree in Education from Fitchburg State College.
Roger began his career teaching English and French in Weare, NH where he met Martha, his future wife of 53 years. Martha and Roger were married on August 9, 1969. Roger went on to teach Special Education in 1970 at Spring St. School and later at Elm Street Junior High in Nashua, NH, where remained until he retired in 2003.
During his time at Elm Street, Mr. G was known to frequently pop into other classrooms to check on his kids, quiz the French language students on their skills, or cause shenanigans. In his 36 years of teaching, Roger had an impact on countless students and continued to stay in touch with several.
Since childhood, Roger was involved with his church, St. George, first as an altar boy and later as an usher until it closed in 2002. He continued to donate to several Catholic and other charitable organizations throughout his life.
Roger is remembered as someone who loved to make people laugh, often with corny jokes. Roger was known to always have a song in his head that he would sing or whistle frequently. Everywhere he went, Roger would run into someone he knew from growing up in Manchester or his years of teaching in NH. He always made time for friends to catch up and share laughs. Over the years Roger stayed in contact with many of his high school and college friends as well as several former colleagues.
Roger loved spending time in the neighborhood where he grew up and lived his entire life. Referred to as The Mayor of Amherst Street by his long-time neighbors, Roger was always willing to lend a hand or tool or simply socialize.
Roger was quite the collector and although it appeared to be disorganized, he always knew exactly what he had and where it was. Roger made his lifelong home a place where all were welcome, whether for a quick visit or a temporary residence, he hosted many friends and family over the years. Aside from the annual neighborhood camping trips and visits to see friends on the Cape or Hampton Beach, Roger was not too fond of traveling, he preferred to be where he was most comfortable, home.
Roger is predeceased by his wife Martha and survived by his three sons, David J. Gregoire and his significant other, Lisa Molloy, of Manchester, Matthew W. Gregoire of Somerville, MA and Mark W. Gregoire of Manchester, a sister, Claire (Gregoire) Philippy and her husband Gary along with several cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Please join us celebrating the lives of Roger and Martha on Saturday, March 18, 2023, from 6:00-11:00 pm at the Puritan Conference Center, 245 Hooksett Rd., Manchester, NH 03104. Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations made be to the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary, 495 Mammoth Rd., Manchester, NH 03104 or to the Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue, one of the many charities Roger donated to.
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