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Donald R. Carreau

February 28, 1939 — January 19, 2024

Manchester, NH

Donald Raymond Carreau, affectionately known as Grampy, peacefully passed away on January 19th, 2024, in his family home at the age of 84. He was born on February 28th, 1939. His memory will forever live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved him.

Donald is survived by his devoted wife, Virginia Sue Carreau, with whom he shared 60 years of unwavering love and companionship. He leaves behind a legacy of love and family, including his sons Shannon Carreau and Wife Melanie and Lance Carreau and Wife Beth, 6 grandchildren, Kayla, Alexandrea, Nicole, Amanda, and Joshua Carreau, and step grandson Cory Kresser. As well as 9 great-grandchildren. His family was the center of his world, and he took great joy in watching it grow and flourish.

Grampy was a man of exceptional kindness and generosity, always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need. Beloved by the neighborhood, he often mowed lawns, or helped out with snow blowing during winter months. He had a warm and welcoming spirit that endeared him to everyone he met. His willingness to give the shirt off his own back was a testament to his compassionate nature.

A proud veteran, Donald served his country in the Navy, a chapter of his life that he held dear. Following his military service, he dedicated 20 years of hard work to the City of Manchester. His diverse roles included snow plowing, construction, operating heavy machinery, and contributing to the wastewater treatment facility for a decade. 

Upon retirement, Grampy embarked on a new adventure, spending a decade working on his 30 acre Pecan Grove in Hooks, Texas, alongside his brother-in-law Roger Allen. A true cowboy at heart, he found joy in tending to the cows, pecan trees and bailing hay. In 2015, he returned to his hometown of Manchester, NH, carrying with him a lifetime of memories and experiences. He was able to live his dream of working as a farmer like his grandfather did. 

Donald was predeceased by his parents David Joseph and Lillian (Chandonnet) Carreau, His brothers Armand, Fredrick, and Eugene Carreau, His sister Pauline (Carreau) Snodgrass, Nephew David Carreau and His beloved son Scott Alan Carreau. 

As we mourn his passing, we also celebrate the rich and fulfilling life he lived. His legacy will forever be remembered through the love he shared, the memories he created, and the impact he had on the lives of those fortunate enough to know him.

Calling Hours for Donald will be held on Thursday, January 25th from 4-6 PM, with a service from 6-7 PM at Phaneuf Funeral Homes, 243 Hanover St. Manchester, NH. He will be laid to rest on Friday, January 26th at 2:00 PM at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery.

May he rest in peace, surrounded by the eternal love of those who cherished him.

Written by Amanda Sue Carreau

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Service Schedule

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Visitation

Thursday, January 25, 2024

4:00 - 6:00 pm (Eastern time)

Phaneuf Funeral Homes & Crematorium - Hanover

243 Hanover St, Manchester, NH 03104

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Funeral Service

Thursday, January 25, 2024

6:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

Phaneuf Funeral Homes & Crematorium - Hanover

243 Hanover St, Manchester, NH 03104

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Burial

Friday, January 26, 2024

2:00 - 2:30 pm (Eastern time)

New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery

110 Daniel Webster Hwy, Boscawen, NH 03303

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