Gaston “Gus” M. Coderre, 75, of Manchester, passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by family on Thursday, June 8th. Born on November 8th, 1947, to Rita F. and Robert R. Coderre in Manchester NH. He graduated from St. Anthony’s High School and attended New Hampshire College. He studied for one year at St. Charles Borromee Seminary Quebec, Canada. He was Manchester’s Winter Carnival King in 1966. He served four years in the Air Force Reserves and one year in the Army Reserves. He Married Claire M. Coderre (Wurtele) on December 20th, 1969. Their love affair lasted fifty-three years.
He worked for Public Service of New Hampshire for over 45 years as a lineman, electrical superintendent and lastly consulting. He was a master electrician and loved to tackle all home projects for anyone who would ask. His greatest joy was to be a help to others. His hobbies included woodworking as evidenced by the many sets of cornhole boards he gifted people, reading, playing cards, and working on his tan at the beach. Gus loved a good snowstorm so he could head out and snowplow the entire neighborhood. His one vice was his inability to pass by a Dunkin Donuts without stopping to grab a coffee. He was a compassionate, loving, firm but generous friend to all. When you left his presence, it was with a bear hug and a lighter heart.
He is survived by his loving wife Claire, two daughters, Kristine Dionne and her husband Andy, Kimberley Popovsky and her husband Peter; Eight grandchildren, Joshua, Joseph, Jacob, Jonah, JohnPaul, and Jordan Dionne, Isabella and Vincent Popovsky; Brother Richard (Judy) Coderre, sisters Laura (Gerry) Geoffroy, Pauline (Carlos) Rivera, and Louise (Bill) Forsythe; and several nieces and nephews.
Services: A Visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 13th from 5PM-7PM at the Phaneuf Funeral Homes & Crematorium, 243 Hanover Street, Manchester, New Hampshire. A Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, June 14th at 10am at St. Catherine of Siena Parish, 207 Hemlock St, Manchester, New Hampshire. Committal services with military honors will be held at the NH State Veterans Cemetery on Tuesday, June 20th at 3:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Gus’s honor to the American Cancer Society.