Richard O. Bissonnette

  • Born: January 12, 1944
  • Died: November 30, 2018
  • Location: Manchester, New Hampshire

Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory

1799 Elm St
Manchester, NH 03104

Tel. (603) 625-6951

Tribute & Message From The Family

Richard O. Bissonnette, 74, of Manchester, died November 30, 2018 after a sudden illness.

He was born in Manchester on January 12, 1944 to Orien and Simone (Tremblay) Bissonnette. He graduated from Bishop Bradley High School in 1962 and was a lifelong resident of Manchester.

He served in the NH Army National Guard for 28 years with the 172nd Artillery Division in Manchester and the 210th Engineering Division in Peterborough.

Richard worked at Bissonnette Foundations for many years. He also worked at Tokena Corporation and as a self-employed handy-man. He was a former baseball coach at South Little League and was president of St. Therese Bowling League for many years.

He was known as a Jack-of-all-trades who could fix anything. He showed many acts of kindness in his life and was always there when help was needed. He enjoyed cooking, riding his motorcycle and his daily breakfast with his friends at Margie's Dream in Manchester. Time spent with his family and friends, especially his grandchildren, was very important to him.

The family includes his wife of 53 years, Claire L. (Morency) Bissonnette of Manchester; three children, Peter R. Bissonnette and wife, Lisa, Timothy J. Bissonnette and Michelle M. Bissonnette and fiancé, Chris Perkins, all of Manchester; grandchildren, April Kastner, Zachary Bissonnette, Shane Perkins, Dylan Bissonnette and Reilly Perkins; great-grandchild, Olivia Kastner; step grandchildren, Jeffrey Rousseau and Jessica Rousseau; step great-grandchildren, Gabrielle Haas and Ellianna Rousseau; four siblings, Doris Bissonnette of Londonderry, Constance Benoit of Goffstown, Helene Paris of Manchester and Claude Bissonnette of Auburn; one aunt and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a brother, Robert Bissonnette.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at St. Anthony Church, 172 Belmont St., Manchester. Committal prayers followed at the NH State Veterans Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen, NH.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 2 Wall St., Manchester, NH 03101.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Dick was a great friend to my mom and dad (Rene and Ruth Fortin). They always spoke so highly of him, and it was a pleasure meeting him at my dad's services in October. It's somehow nice to know that although we are all hurting, Dad and Dick are together again. Heaven will never be the same! So sorry for your loss, he was a wonderful man.

Posted by Barbara Richard - Bangor, ME - Family Friend   December 26, 2018

My deepest condolences to the Bissonnette family.
Rest In Peace SSG Bissonnette (Dick), and thanks "for teaching me everything you knew". We had some fun times together in the Guard. Godspeed Brother Dick!

Sgt Tim Ainsworth
210th Eng, NHANG
Major Tim Ainsworth (Ret)

Posted by Tim Ainsworth - Loudon, NH   December 06, 2018


Dear Peter,
Your hardwarming & sentimental eulogy was perfect!! Your Dad would have been so proud! We were also happy to see flags flown at half staff on his behalf!! He deserved the honor!! To know Dick was to love him!!

Posted by Dan & Pam Noury - Bedford, NH - Friend   December 05, 2018


My heart goes out to your family. There are no words that ease the pain right now. Will send out prayers. Love and hugs,

Joanna, Tom and Chloe

Posted by Joanna Hartford - Hooksett, NH   December 04, 2018

You were always good to all of us kids, Richard. And there was a certain comfort in finding out later that our families were not only connected through the friendship of Tim, Pete and I...but through my older siblings as well. Rest in peace my old friend. Love you <3>

Posted by RICHARD GRENIER - Manchester, NH - Friend   December 04, 2018

So sorry to hear of the families loss. Our deepest sympathies from the Visiting Angels family where Claire works part-time. Hugs to you Claire!

Posted by Debra Desrosiers - Auburn, NH - Coworker   December 04, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you all.

Posted by Virginia Farland - Manchester, NH - Friend   December 04, 2018

Dick was a wonderful family guy who will be greatly missed. Our deepest sympathies to Claire and family. Sending many thoughts and prayers, Lynn and Paul Collins

Posted by Lynn Collins - manchester, NH - Friend   December 04, 2018


I'm very very sorry about your dad Michelle, my heart aches for you and your family. Maria and I have you all in our prayers.

Posted by Ron Blanchard - Manchester, NH - Family Friend   December 04, 2018

I am extremely sorry for your loss

Posted by Michael Gagnon - Manchester, NH   December 03, 2018

My deepest sympathies to the Bissonnette family. Dick was a wonderful neighbor to my parents who lived next door for many years. Dick went above and beyond helping my father. He was a very kind gentlemen. R.I.P.

Posted by Mike Roche - Hooksett, NH - Neighbor   December 03, 2018

Dearest Claire, Peter and Lisa, Michelle and Chris, Tim and all grand and great grandchildren. We are deeply sorry for your loss. We will always remember him and the many times we spent together and especially his sense of humor. You have our deepest condolences and may our Lord be with you all, Know your are all in our hearts and prayers.

Posted by Diana & Reggie Lachance - Derry, NH - Family Friend   December 03, 2018

Dear Claire,
Our deepest sympathy on your loss.You and your family are in our prayers.

Posted by Leslie Goan - Hooksett, NH   December 03, 2018

May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.

Posted by American Heart Association    December 03, 2018

My deepest sympathies. Dick was a good person. it is a huge loss.

Posted by Jim and Cathy Deswert - Manchester, NH - Family Friend   December 03, 2018


Dear Claire, Pete and family,
We are so sorry to hear of Dick's passing. He was a very caring person and a great coach at So Little League.
Our thoughts and Prayers go out to you and your family.

Posted by Moe and Carol Labbe - Manchester, NH   December 03, 2018

My deepest sympathies to the Bissonnette family. Dick will be truly missed.

Posted by Deb Lemire - NH   December 03, 2018

Claire and family: Our sympathies on Dick's passing. He will be in our prayers. Dick & Pauline Charpentier

Posted by Ruchard Charpentier - Cocoa Beach, FL - Family Friend   December 03, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss. One of the kindest giving man I gave known. We will miss him.

Posted by Diane Jodoin - Auburn, NH - Family   December 02, 2018

Birthday cake at Margie's

Posted by Dan & Pam Noury - Bedford, NH - Friend   December 02, 2018

My deepest condolences in your loss.

Posted by Cheryl Wasserstrom - Manchester, NH - Friend   December 02, 2018

Dear Claire and family,
We are deeply saddened and shocked to hear of Dick's passing. We were just talking about how much fun he is earlier this week. Dan and Dick were breakfast buddies for over thirty years. Breakfast will never be the same without him. We never met anyone as talented as Dick. He could fix anything and he was extremely reliable. We will miss him dearly and he will be forever in our hearts. Sending love and prayers.

Posted by Dan and Pam Noury - Bedford, NH - Friend   December 02, 2018


RIP my friend. You will be so missed, but I know you'll be watching over your family. Claire and family my deepest sympathy..Memories, great memories will help ease the pain. My love and prayers go out to you all

Posted by Stella Chase - Poland, ME - Family Friend   December 02, 2018

RIP Mr.B.You will be sorely missed.

Posted by Erik Bisson - Dunbarton, NH - Family Friend   December 02, 2018

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