Joseph Buteau

  • Born: February 3, 1989
  • Died: November 26, 2019
  • Location: Manchester, New Hampshire

Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory

1799 Elm St
Manchester, NH 03104

Tel. (603) 625-6951

Tribute & Message From The Family

Joseph Buteau, 30, of Manchester died November 26, 2019 of complications from a long struggle with drug addiction. He was surrounded by his loving parents at the time of his death.
Born in Manchester on February 3, 1989, he was the son of Anthony P. and Elizabeth A. (Haley) Buteau. He was educated in the local school system, graduating from Manchester Central High School and attended Keene State College as well as the University of NH.
Joseph was an avid reader who was well-versed on nearly every subject. He owned a huge comic book collection and found great joy reading the Marvel Books series. He was a wonderful son with great potential who will be dearly missed by many.
Family members include his parents of Manchester as well as several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 in St. Joseph Cathedral. Committal prayers and burial followed in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bedford.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to HOPE for NH Recovery, 293 Wilson St, Manchester, NH 03103.
The family would like to thank the doctors and staff at the Elliot Hospital for their kindness and the excellent care they provided for Joseph.
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Condolence & Memory Journal

Thinking of you and sending prayers your way. Life can be so very difficult and sad.

Posted by Sandie Dery (Kelly) - Florence, AZ - Friend   November 25, 2020

Tony and Betty,
Teisha found out yesterday that Joe had passed. She as I am, is heart broken to hear this. There are few words to describe what sorrow is felt here. She loved you all. I will be reaching out to you.

Posted by Janna Twomey-Graves - New Lebanon, NY - Family Friend   April 16, 2020

My deepest sympathy on the recent loss of your son. Thinking of you and your family.
Debbie Blair

Posted by - coworker   December 30, 2019

My deepest sympathy on the loss of your dear son, Joseph. I remember him as a little boy visiting Tony at school. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Maureen Lembo - Manchester, NH - Coworker   December 05, 2019

My deepest condolences to all of Joe's family, especially his loving parents. Joe was a wonderful person and I will always have fond memories of him from our time together playing for St. Anne's CYO basketball. May God forever bless him and his family. Rest in peace, Joe.

Posted by Felix Santamaria - Manchester, NH - Friend   December 03, 2019

God Speed you on your way Joey . Deepest Sympathies , The Pierce Family

Posted by Paula Pierce - Manchester, NH   December 03, 2019

We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your son, Joseph. We have been neighbors for many years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.

Posted by Jane Pinard - Manchester, NH - Neighbor   December 02, 2019

To All the Buteau Family,

TY especially for your forthright honesty regarding Joseph's passing.

For those of us who have had to deal with the drug issue in our children's life it is most appreciated you chose to help others through your communication.

May the Road Rise Rise to Meet him...And until you meet again God Hold Him in the Palm of His Hand. RIP

Posted by Greg Barrett - Manchester, NH   December 02, 2019

Joe, I'm going to miss you contagious smile and your absolutely genuine soul. You're presence alone could light up a whole room. You were one of the kindest, warm hearted, nicest person. I'm so glad I got to share the moments I did with you. I know you're in a better place now.Rest Easy Angel ❤
To the Beateau family, I'm so sorry for your loss and I am sending all my love and light to you in the moment of tragedy. Again I send all my condolences, healing, and love.

Posted by Taylor Larrivee - Manchester, NH - Friend   December 02, 2019

I had Joseph in my first grade classroom. He was a wonderful little boy with a wonderful family. So heartbreaking to hear he is gone. My sincere condolences to his family.

Posted by Jennifer Freitas    December 02, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss. Joseph was blessed with parents who never gave up on him. Know that he is at peace now. My prayer for you both is that you also can find some peace knowing Joseph's battle is over. Much love.

Posted by Deb McCullough - Manchester, NH   December 02, 2019

Mr. Buteau and Family...I am so very sorry for the loss of your son. It is never easy to have a loved one pass away, but it is wrong for a parent to lose their child. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. God Bless.

Posted by Michelene (Damour) Sears - Bedford, NH - Student   December 01, 2019

So sorry for your loss, Tony. Will be thinking of you and sending unending prayers for your son, you and your family.

Posted by Barbara Kulig - Manchester, NH - Coworker   December 01, 2019

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Buteau,
I was Joe's biology teacher at Central High School. Joe had a great group of friends in class which truly made biology fun for everyone there. It was a difficult course but, "Joe and the crew" truly made it exciting for all. It was one of my favorite classes to teach! It was students like your son that made my job the best profession in the world and I will always be grateful.

Posted by Mel Christy - Manchester, NH - Teacher   December 01, 2019

My daughter, Kelly Forbush, was a good friend of Joe's during their days at St. Joe's. We are both heartbroken to learn of his passing. He was such a nice young man and I never worried when they hung out together back then at your home. You are very much in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Laurie Kempf - Manchester, NH - Friend   December 01, 2019

Tony and Betty, I am so sorry to learn of your loss and such sadness. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Cathie Blades - Epsom, NH - Coworker   December 01, 2019

sorry my prayers are with you. Try to stay strong and remember the good times

Posted by A friend   December 01, 2019

I'm so sorry for your loss I loved him like my own children, My heart goes out to you

Posted by Maria Seace - Manchester, NH - Friend   December 01, 2019

Tony and Betty,
There are no words to express the sadness and heartache on learning of Joseph's passing.
I will always remember Joseph's great grin and boundless energy.
I especially remember his trip to Beverly to attend the magic show,walk around Salem,MA, and try his hand at rowing a boat.
He will be missed.
My prayers are with you.
John Davin

Posted by john Davin - Beverly, MA - Friend   December 01, 2019

Dear Tony and Elizabeth
Lise and I are so sorry to hear about the untimely death of your beloved son. Please be assured of our prayers for both Joseph and you. Please let me know if we can help you in any way. God bless you and may the angels carry Joseph's soul to his heavenly home.

Posted by Paul Roy - Manchester - Friend   December 01, 2019

Mr. Buteau,
It is heart breaking to read about Joseph's death. While I have many fond memories of your sixth grade classroom, one of the things that I remember most vividly is the love and joy with which you spoke of your sweet baby boy. I know that words are inadequate at a time like this, but please know how sorry I am for the loss of your son and that my thoughts and prayers are with your family. As you continue on your grief journey, may memories of your beloved Joseph eventually bring more smiles than tears.

Posted by Amy (Riley) Bahan    December 01, 2019

Betty, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your husband at this difficult time. May memories of happy times with Joseph comfort you.

Posted by Maggie ( Stearns) Nazzaro - Bolivia, NC   December 01, 2019

Tony and Betty, I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved son. Keeping you in my thoughts.

Posted by Karen Maitland - Concord, NH - Coworker   November 30, 2019

Wally and I are so very sorry for your tragic loss! We remember him as a child at Maynard's home with all the gang. You are all in our prayers. God Bless! Much love Joan and. Wally Shute

Posted by Joan Shute - Bedford, NH - Friend   November 30, 2019

Tony and Betty...words cannot express the sadness I feel for you and your family. God Bless and strengthen you through this ordeal.
Bill and Judy

Posted by Bill Dupere - Manchester, NH   November 30, 2019

We are so sorry for your loss.

Posted by Chip and Jenn Kaminski - Manchester, NH - Neighbor   November 30, 2019

Tony and Betty;

So sorry to hear about Joe's passing!
Know that Joe is in my prayers as well as you and your entire family.
I am lost for words at times like this.
Br. Paul

Posted by Bro. Paul Crawford - Manchester, NH   November 30, 2019

I am saddened to hear of Joseph's passing. I recall fondly our days at St. Anthony's and seeing him daily when I worked in the classrooms. He always had a grin on his face and a sparkle in his eyes. A sweet boy with loving parents. God bless you and your family. Know that you are not alone. Wishing you a glimmer of peace as you move forward in your journey without your sweet boy. Be assured of my prayers.

Posted by Elaine Langton & Family - Hampton, NH   November 30, 2019

Heartbreaking news Betty and Tony. You. Are both in all our prayers here in Ireland. The Bunting and Webb family.

Posted by Patricia Bunting - Family Friend   November 30, 2019

Betty and Tony,
I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved son, Joseph.
May he rest in peace.

Posted by Matt Tafe - Manchester, NH   November 29, 2019

Im so sorry for your loss..

Posted by Terry Perdikes - New Boston, NH   November 28, 2019

My deepest condolences to your family for the loss of your love one. May your cherished memories created, brighten your days and help sustain you at this time. John 6:40 gives much comfort by looking forward to Jesus promise of seeing your love one again.May the God who "binds up the brokenhearted" and "comforts all who mourn" sustain your family during this challenging time. (Isaiah 61:1,2) With heartfelt sympathy.

Posted by Chris M - Orange, CA - friend   November 28, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Sandie Dery (Kelly) - Florence, AZ - Friend   November 27, 2019

Thoughts and prayers to Mr. and Mrs. Buteau. Joe was a wonderful guy and a great friend. I will remember our many happy memories from Hillside through Central and countless basketball practices we enjoyed together.

Sam Theodosopoulos

Posted by Sam Theodosopoulos - Manchester, NH - Friend   November 27, 2019

No words are adequate to express my sadness with Joe's passing. I remember Joe's way with words and creative thoughts~Such a special young man; yet another casualty of the insidious vortex of addiction. My heart goes out to his family and friends. Heartbreak all around. Take care~ Sending loveJeff Theo's mum, Diane Monteith

Posted by Diane Minteith - Nahant, MA - Friend   November 27, 2019

Tony and Betty I am so sorry for your loss. Joseph was such a wonderful person. I remember him from middle school. Thinking of you both during this difficult time.

Posted by Mary Hartigan Demers - Manchester, NH   November 27, 2019


I'm so sorry Betty&Toni I can't help but see him in my mind at St. Anthony School with his constant smile on his constant rosy cheeks.He was such a loving kid I remember him so well. I'm soo! sad to here this awful news. I get teary eyed every time I think of him. Rest ashore Betty he loved you soooo! much you were his best supporter from were I stood. Rest in peace Joseph! You will always be in my prayer!

Posted by Denise&Jules Vaillancourt - Manchester, NH - Neighbor   November 27, 2019

I was so very sorry to hear of your son's death... there is no greater grief, I believe... I hope that you will find comfort in your memories of good times shared with him, and in the support of family and friends.

Posted by Roger and Gloria (Pelchat) Leveillee - Limerick, ME - Family   November 27, 2019

God Bless Tony & Betty & family

Posted by Mary Powers - North Fort Myers, FL - Family Friend   November 27, 2019

I will forever miss you Joe, you were not only a great friend but a teammate of mine in basketball , from school teams to CYO playing for Saint Anne's playing for the legend Patrick O'Neil . I will miss you may you Rest In Peace my friend and be pain free , I love you friend, until we meet again

Posted by Boris Rajic - Hooksett, NH - Friend   November 27, 2019

Betty and Tony,
I am so sorry to hear of Joe's passing. You and your family are in my thoughts. Hugs and Love all around.

Posted by Ginger Ainsworth - FL - Family Friend   November 27, 2019

Thinking of the wonderful Buteau family at this time Rest in Peace my friend Joe

Posted by Joseph Bannon - Manchester, NH - Friend   November 27, 2019

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