Derry, NH — Mr. Roland W. Desfosses, 82, passed away peacefully on Tuesday morning, April 9, 2013, surrounded by his family, at Parkland Medical Center in Derry. Roland was born Sept. 14, 1930, to Pierre and Aleida (Lemay) Desfosses in Lawrence, Mass. He was a retired employee of Newark Atlantic Paper Company. Roland was a devout Roman Catholic and attended St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Derry. Roland was an Euchristic Minister and a member of the Holy Name Society. He was a quiet, simple man and if you asked him what his greatest joy in life was, he would say "my family". He was known affectionately as "Pep" by all his grandchildren who loved to play with the wisps of his hair and make them stand straight up. He collected baseball caps and always had a collection of them in the rear window of his car. He enjoyed playing bingo with his wife, Helene, and would go to play regularly. Roland loved to root for the Boston sports teams, especially the Red Sox. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Helene (Dube) Desfosses; three daughters, Elaine and her husband Raymond Robidoux, of Windham, N.H., Janet and her husband Daniel Desrosiers ,of Epping , N.H., Maryclaire and her husband Robert Plourde, of Derry, N.H.; four sons, Russell and his wife Carol Ann Desfosses, of Phoenix, Ariz., Donald and his wife Maureen Desfosses, of Sandown, N.H., Gene and his wife Paula Desfosses, of Salem, N.H., and Carl Desfosses, of Derry, N.H. He was also predeceased by sisters Beatrice Desfosses, Theresa Cowan, Gertrude Morasse, Irene Lavigne, Elizabeth Gelinas and his brother George Desfosses.
ARRANGEMENTS: A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick Church, Lawrence, Mass. Burial will follow in the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Andover. Friends may call on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Breen Funeral Home, 35 Merrimack St., North Andover. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Racicot Funeral Home. For more information, visit www.racicotfuneralhome.com or call 978-683-2706. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Amedisys Home Health Care and Hospice, 1 E Commons Dr., Unit 31, Londonderry, N.H., 03053.