Zachary Douglas Allen, 27 (b. 12/21/1995), of Manchester, NH, lost his battle to Substance Abuse Disorder and passed away on October 14, 2023.
The son of Douglas C. and Janet E. Allen, of East Montpelier, VT, Zach was known for his quick wit and lively intelligence. He was active in the recovery community in the Manchester area and impacted many lives there as well as finding solid friendships.
School was not a priority with Zach, but he did have a G.E.D. and, following a school-based program in cooking, he became enamored with that profession. He subsequently put his skills to work and was a Sous Chef at the Press Hotel in Portland, Maine, as well as a Chef de Partie at Evo, also in Portland, Maine.
Zach moved to Manchester, NH, where he started his residential construction firm, OEW Construction. He quickly found success building and renovating homes. He enjoyed seeing projects come to life during the initiation of the project and the satisfaction that comes with project completion.
Zach’s off-hours were spent with soccer, his favorite sport. He also played disc-golf with many of his friends. In addition to these pursuits, Zach enjoyed cars of all types and was always looking for the next vehicle to purchase. During the holidays Zach could be found in the kitchen cooking with his sister where they would concoct the feast for the day.
Zach leaves behind his parents; sister Sara, and her 7 year-old son; along with aunts, uncles, and cousins, all of whom will miss his smile and wit tremendously.
A celebration of Zach’s life open house is being planned.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations in Zach’s name to:
Hope for New Hampshire Recovery: Hope provides services to those affected by substance abuse disorder. Making connections to a supportive recovery community gives the support needed to help people through challenging times in recovery.
Hope for New Hampshire Recovery, 293 Wilson Street, Manchester, NH 03103 Learn2cope.org
Learn2Cope: Learn to Cope is a peer-led support network that offers education, resources, and hope for family members and friends who have loved ones affected by substance abuse disorder.
Learn2Cope, 4 Court St #110, Taunton, MA 02780