MANCHESTER - Roland H. Lessard, 85, of Manchester, passed away after a brief period of declining health on Feb. 18, 2014, while surrounded by his family at Elliot Hospital.He was born in Manchester on July 29, 1928, to Charles and Bella (Blais) Lessard.Roland served in both the U.S. Navy
and the Army National Guard of New Hampshire. He was a 20-year veteran of the Manchester Fire Department where, in addition to fighting fires, he served as vice president of the Manchester Fireman's Relief Association. After retiring from the fire department, he worked at Elliot Hospital as Director of Fire and Safety and then Manager of Client Transportation at Manchester Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester. He was also a member of the League of One Thousand Men of Precious Blood Monastery. The most important thing in life to him was his family. Roland enjoyed family gatherings at his home and would make the best homemade popcorn for anyone who visited. Roland was a kind man who always showed his family unconditional love and support. He greeted everyone he met with a smile, and everyone who met him liked him.Roland's family includes his loving wife of 65 years, Sylvia (Nichols) Lessard; his three children, Patricia Pearl and her husband Steve of Hollis, Jude Rattigan and her husband Dave of Bedford, and David R. Lessard and his wife Rachel of Manchester. He also leaves his seven grandchildren, Jeffrey, Jennifer, Kellen, Janie, Danny, Andrew and Alex, and three great-grandchildren, Stephanie, Gabriella, and Emmett. He was predeceased by his father and mother, three sisters and three brothers.
SERVICES: A memorial gathering will take place at Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 243 Hanover St., Manchester on Friday morning from 9 to 10 a.m. with a memorial service in the funeral home chapel at 10 a.m. Committal services with military honors will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations for Masses may be made in his memory to the Monastery of the Precious Blood, 700 Bridge St., Manchester, 03104. For more information, go to www.phaneuf.net