James R. Garneau

  • Born: December 26, 1960
  • Died: December 8, 2019
  • Location: Manchester, New Hampshire

Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory

1799 Elm St
Manchester, NH 03104

Tel. (603) 625-6951

Tribute & Message From The Family


James R. Garneau passed away suddenly December 8, 2019 after a great day decorating his three Christmas trees. His passing leaves a great void in many hearts and lives. He was known for his kind, compassionate and generous ways.

He was born on December 26, 1960 in Claremont, NH to Beryl (McLin) and Robert "Skeets" Garneau. As a young child one of his greatest joys was to ride his bike to Moody Park and spend the whole day there all summer. He played trumpet in the Stevens High School band and was a wonderful Alfred P. Doolittle in the school's production of "My Fair Lady", one of his favorites, which led to his love of Broadway.

Jimmy was a graduate of Stevens High School and Keene State College where he was in many productions as well as part of the Opera House in Claremont. He sang in the church choir and performed a beautiful solo at his sister's wedding.

He worked at Southern New Hampshire Services in Raymond and Barnes & Noble Book Store in Manchester.

Jimmy thought of everyone else first. He was a caring and generous friend who still had many close friends from grade school and high school. He loved his nieces and nephews and they loved being with him. He was very sentimental. He treasured family memories and traditions and loved old family pictures from long ago.

Jim enjoyed his many trips to Disney World and had a Disney themed Christmas tree. He also enjoyed taking many trips to NYC with friends and family to see over 100 Broadway shows. In addition, he enjoyed going to the casino anytime the opportunity arose. York Beach, Nubble Light and Marginal Way always held a special place in his heart. Special vacations as a family when he was young certainly created a love for those places.

He is survived by his two brothers, Bob and his wife, Michele Garneau and Scott Garneau all of Manchester; his sister, Beth and Len Dunphy of Corpus Christi, TX; nieces and nephews, Kristyn and James Fadden, Mallory Garneau, Taylor, Natalie and Danielle Dunphy; grandniece, Brynn Fadden and grandnephew, Seamus Fadden.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at St. Anthony Church, 172 Belmont St., Manchester. Burial will be at St. Mary Cemetery in Claremont at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the NH Chapter of Make a Wish Foundation. In memory of Jimmy a random act of kindness would be a great testament to the life he lived.