Eugene J. "Gus" Garceau

  • Born: December 22, 1945
  • Died: March 19, 2020
  • Location: Bedford, New Hampshire

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Manchester, NH 03104

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Eugene J. "Gus" Garceau, 74, of Bedford, died March 19, 2020 at Elliot Hospital, surrounded by his wife and son, after a brief illness.

Born in West Point, NY on December 22, 1945, he was the son of Alfred and Lorraine (Laventure) Garceau. Gus spent most of his life in the Manchester area. He was a graduate of Bishop Bradley High School. He went on to earn a Bachelors degree in civil engineering from the University of New Hampshire and a Masters degree in business administration from Northeastern University.

Early in his career Gus lived in Cambridge, MA and worked as a structural engineer at Charles T. Main and Jackson and Moreland (Boston, MA). In 1975, he was recruited to work for Davison Construction Company (Manchester, NH) and he and his wife, Gail, made Bedford their home. The rest of Gus' career was spent working in hydroelectric power development for Seaward Construction Company (Eliot, ME) and then as a private consultant.

Gus was a sports enthusiast – there wasn't a sport he didn't enjoy. But he especially liked soccer and took great pride in watching his son play…his daughter-in-law play…and most recently watching his grandchildren on "the pitch."

Gus was a strong, proud, independent and authentic person. What meant the most to him was his family, his well-loved friends and the SNHU soccer players from around the world who considered him "Dad." He will be remembered by all as a loyal friend, loving husband, devoted father and irreplaceable Poppie.

Gus leaves behind his wife of 49 years, Gail (Maloney) Garceau of Bedford; a son, Ryan Garceau and his wife, Meotis Erikson of Marblehead, MA; and his four grandchildren, Henri, Genevieve, Vivienne and Xavier.

Gus' nine year old granddaughter said it all…"I know this is hard for you and me, but in our hearts, Poppie can never die." Exactly.

SERVICES: Due to this unprecedented time, there are no services planned at this time. Memorial donations may be made to "Waypoint NH" and mailed to Waypoint NH, 464 Chestnut St., Manchester, NH 03105, or at

Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory, Manchester is assisting the family with arrangements.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Gail and Family:
So sorry to hear about your tragic loss with Gus passing. You're in our hearts and prayers always.
Celeste and Nick Symmonds

Posted by Celeste Symmonds - east Falmouth, MA   April 08, 2020

I was so sorry to hear about Eugene's passing, but after reading all the messages left for you and your family I was happy to hear that he had such a wonderful life. Grief never ends...But it changes. It is a passage, Not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness nor a lack of faith. It is the price of Love.May memories of Eugene and the love of your family and friends surround you and give you strength during this difficult time.

Susan Pettigrew ( a classmate from Blessed Sacrament)
Raymond, NH April 3, 2020

Posted by Susan Pettigrew - Raymond, NH - Classmate   April 03, 2020


Dear Gail and Ryan,
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and good wishes are with you at this difficult time. I hope happy memories help heal your hearts.
Eileen, Amy and Dain Alan Brennan

Posted by Eileen Brennan - Estero, FL - Friend   April 02, 2020

Dear Gail and Family, T he last time I saw you and Gus was The Gath
I am sorry to hear that Gus died on March 19. I was working on my pictures and found a picture of Gus talking with Margo at The Elms (our favorite place in the whole wide world). Jr. told me about Gus. Funny how I came across his picture just at that time. I will keep you and your family in my prayers, reflect on all the good times we had in the past,from grammar school (Blessed Sacrament) and the The Elms Goffs Falls NH.
Good memories.
May you be comforted by your family and friends at this sorrowful time.
Peace, Lorraine (Goulet) Diaz Call me Gail 401-274-0851

Posted by Lorraine (Goulet) Diaz - Providence, RI - Classmate   April 01, 2020

Gail and Family:
I wanted to express my deep condolences on the passing of Gus. May peace and love be with you during this difficult time.
Mike McCluskey

Posted by Michael McCluskey - Glen, NH - Family Friend   April 01, 2020

Gail & Family
We were very sorry for your loss. Claire and I found out about Gus's passing from some of your many friends around Town. It felt good to know that all your old friends are here for you. That togetherness was always important like when we all moved into town as a bunch of young families, projects sharing parties, projects, school building and Little League. Gus and I had some great times with engineering projects in NH and all the great engineering projects Gus had undertaken. We will always remember Gus as an important part of our Bedford community and remember him in our prayers and thoughts. We hope these memories will comfort you in the days ahead.

Mike & Claire Sills

Posted by Michael & Claie Sills - Bedford, NH - Friend   April 01, 2020

Dear Gail, Ryan and family,
We are both heart broken to hear of Gus passing. Many a great times were spent with the Garceau family and when we moved away you were always in our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sincerely,
Jeff and Rita Perschau

Posted by A friend   March 30, 2020

Dear Gail,
Darsie and I were so sorry to learn of Gus's passing. We remember Gus as a strong individual, a sports fan, and a warm and friendly man. We know what a difficult period this must be for you and we send you and Ryan our sincerest condolences.
A New Hampshire poet once wrote: . . . while you are yet in my memory, you will never wholly die. May Gus live on in your memory and in the memory of Ryan and his children forever.

Posted by Robert and Darsie Riccio - Lebanon, NH   March 30, 2020

Gail, I want you to know how very sorry both John and I are for your loss. I understand that there are no words that will heal this for you and your family. But also know we are here - at your side, and will love and support you in any and all the ways you may need. We send our love now and always. Robin and John -

Posted by Robin Comstock - Nottingham, NH - Friend   March 29, 2020

Dear Gail and Ryan,
My heart wants to reach out and hold you quietly in these difficult days. This picture brings back many memories. What an amazing family he shepherded, with such quiet strength. Gus picked his words and moments to have a lasting impact, I know each of us can remember such a moment.
He loved Greg, Jim, Tracy and me, we were family. Gail, Tracy and I were together in Atlanta, when we learned of Jim's death in 2005. Gail helped our family get through those difficult days, her humor, often irreverent, lightened many moments. In these times of enforced separation, grieving will be more solitary for them.
Her grandchildren have already inspired her. May Henri, Genevieve,Vivienne and Xavier continue to be loving, caring children whose joy of life will comfort them.
We had some hilarious moments, I'm sure Ryan, you'll remember coming up to your kitchen after a thud and an uproar when Jim fell from his chair during one of our marathon bridge games. You and Greg shook your heads, 'what's wrong with these people'? But it was what was perfectly right for us, then and for many years after that.
Ryan, I remember you calling to tell me you were going to ask Meotis to marry you. You were soooo happy and a bit nervous. You are a match (soccer reference) made in heaven!
Being a grandfather softened Gus as he watched you and Meotis embrace your growing family with love and joy, and soccer.
Many of our happiest moments were on the soccer fields in so many tournaments in so many places, with so many stories.
May he now rest in peace, singing along with Moms Murphy and Peg playing the piano.

-Maryellen Lowenhagen, Cary, NC, 28Mar2020

Posted by Maryellen Lowenhagen - Cary, NC - Family Friend   March 28, 2020

So sorry to read in the paper about your family's loss of Gus. My husband Jim and i remember him with you at many events in downtown Manchester. Years ago i was on the Child and Family Board with you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Jim and Elise Hood

Posted by Elise Hood - Manchesster, NH - Acquaintance   March 28, 2020

Summer times & Gus @ his pool with Donald Silverman and a cast of thousands (not really). Generous and fun loving banter going around. Lots of happy memories will help you thru this difficult time. We will all miss him. Hugs, Paul and Joanne

Posted by Joanne Schmitz - Bedford, NH   March 26, 2020

So sorry for your loss at this difficult time. Gus had a great sense of humor, always got a laugh when we spoke.

Posted by Raymond White - Bedford, NH   March 26, 2020

Dear Gail & Family, I was so saddened to hear of Gus' passing. You and your family are in my thoughts, heart and prayers. ❤
Madonna Lovett Repeta

Posted by Madonna Lovett Repeta - Bedford, NH - Friend   March 26, 2020

Dear Gail,
I am so sorry for your loss, which I read about in the paper today. And I wanted you to know that a very old friend, whom you haven't seen in several years, is thinking about you and your family, and sending you her deepest condolences -

Posted by Stephanie Lewry - Manchester, NH - Friend   March 25, 2020

Dear Gail,
My deepest sympathy to you and your family. I am so very sorry for your loss.

Posted by Grace Sullivan - Wells, ME   March 25, 2020

Our love to Gail, Ryan, Meotis, Henri, Genevieve, Vivienne & Xavier - Gus (Poppie) was genuine to the core. To say he was kind-hearted or generous is an understatement. He was a role model for so many... for us and our children. Always an interested listener to every generation, always full of compassion and concern. We will miss him tremendously.

Posted by Corlton & Kim Simmond - Family Friend   March 25, 2020

Gail and Ryan and family, please accept my sincere and deepest sympathy
I was shocked to hear of Gus' passing
Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers

Posted by Joe and Kiele Beauregard - Auburn, NH - Friend   March 25, 2020

Gail-I just wanted you to know I am thinking of you and your family. I am so sorry for all of you, especially during these difficult times. I know you all will carry the good memories of Gus forward, as it should be.

Posted by Sandi Van Scoyoc - New Boston, NH - Friend   March 25, 2020

Gail, Our hearts are with you and your family. You have our deepest condolences. Gus could not have found a greater partner in Life. May love's eternal arms wrap you and your family in comfort.

Posted by Talmira Hill - Bartlett, NH - Friend   March 24, 2020

Gail et al: Give rest, oh Christ, to thy servant Gus, with thy saints, where sorrow and pain are no more: neither sighing, but life everlasting....

Posted by Susanne Stretch - Bedford, NH - Friend   March 24, 2020

Gail and Ryan (Ryang),
We are so sorry to hear about Gus. May fond memories as well as the love and support of family and friends help you through this difficult time. Sending hugs.

Posted by Gail and Mike Broutzos - Hooksett, NH   March 24, 2020

Gail and Ryan
I am sorry for your loss. Gus was a great kind person. I am thinking of you both and wish I could give you a big hug. I know Gus will be in your heart to help you find comfort.

Posted by Ian MacDermott - Bedford, NH - Friend   March 24, 2020

Gail and Ryan,
Our hearts go out to you all. We are so sorry for your loss. Gus loved each of you completely and was always there cheering you on, a wonderful family man.
Hopefully your memories of loving times will help you through these days.
Wish I g we could be there to help comfort you
Bruce and Mary Lou Wilson

Posted by Mary Lou Wilson - Alton, NH   March 24, 2020

Gail and Ryan,
Marilyn and I are saddened by Gus' passing. He was a genuine, thoughtful friend...a kind soul with a great sense of humor. He loved you both very he loved Meotis and his four special grandchildren. I know that they will each carry special memories of Poppie...
With love and sympathy,
M & M

Posted by Mike and Marilyn Hickey - Newmarket, NH, NH - Family Friend   March 24, 2020

Gail, Ryan and family... I am so sorry for your loss and while never spending a lot of time with Gus the times we got together we're filled with fun and kindness!

Posted by Joe Reilly - Ipswich, MA - Friend   March 24, 2020

Gail - how tragic! I am so very sorry to learn of Gus' passing. 49 years together - WOW! Not many people can claim that these days - how fortunate to have shared your lives that long. While you have been blessed by this time together, the length will also make this loss incredibly hard to deal with. I am so happy reading of your incredible family and knowing that they will be there to fill in some of the blanks and lonely moments. As a wonderful friend, Kathy and I will be thinking of you and praying for you. I can't even begin to imagine what you are going through. Let the love surround you, and the memories comfort you.

Posted by Dean & Kathy Williams - Bedford, NH - Friend   March 24, 2020

Gail /Ryan and Family,
Saddened to hear of Gus's passing..One quality human being.I
am without words.
Our los and Heaven's gain..No doubt he will be watching over
his family.Rest in Peace Gus see you when I get there.
Chick and Charlotte Bowers

Posted by Chick Bowers - New Smyrna Beach, FL   March 24, 2020

So sorry to read of Gus's passing. Sending my condolences to you and your family. Hope your loving memories carry you through this difficult time.

Posted by Karen Lessard - Manchester, NH   March 24, 2020

Gail and Ryan, I am so sorry to hear about Gus.You are in my thoughts and prayers. Sending love .

Posted by Diane Adams - Manchester, NH - Friend   March 24, 2020

I am so sad to hear this news. Gus was a great guy! I had the pleasure of being his Barber/ Hairstylist for many years. I always looked forward to him sitting in my chair and sharing the latest news in our families.
He was SO proud of his son Ryan and loved his grandkids. And he obviously loved his beautiful wife Gayle.
Rest in heaven Gus- have some coffee with my Dad. You two will have alot to talk about.

Posted by Marianne Jenkins - Bedford, NH   March 24, 2020

Gail and Ryan, I am so very sorry for your loss. You'll be in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Georgia Brussard - Hudson, NH - Teacher   March 24, 2020

Dear Gail and family, I am so saddened to learn of your loss. Gus was such a wonderfully kind, caring man. His desire to improve always shone through with sincerity and grace. I know he is missed and my thoughts are with you. Please contact me when you're feeling up to it; I would love to reminisce.

Posted by Sue Cooke - Hampstead, NH   March 24, 2020

We lost another great man. Will always remember his soft smile and sincere interest in the kids. Rest in peace Gus.

Posted by Joe and Karyn Suozzo - BEDFORD, NH - Friend   March 24, 2020

My dearest friend Gail,
I was so unbelievably saddened to learn of the passing of Gus. Know that you, Ryan his family are in my heart and my prayers at this difficult time. Please reach out if you need anything. Much love.

Posted by Christine Donati - Bedford, NH   March 24, 2020

Gail,Ryan and Family,
Our sincere condolences on Gus' passing. We spent many times together on the soccer pitch and his enthusiasm, knowledge of the sport and love for the team made those times outstanding memories. Rest In Peace, Gus.
The Yanagi Family

Posted by The Yanagi Family - Bedford, NH - Friend   March 24, 2020

I read about the passing of your husband in the Union Leader. I wanted to tell you how sorry I was to hear about his death. Your great memories together and your family will help you through the days. Please keep in touch and god bless

John Cummings
WHS 67

Posted by John Cummings - Stratham, NH - Classmate   March 24, 2020

I am so sad to hear this news. Gus was a great guy! I had the pleasure of being his Barber/ Hairstylist for many years. I always looked forward to him sitting in my chair and sharing the latest news in our families.
He was SO proud of his son Ryan and loved his grandkids. And he obviously loved his beautiful wife Gayle.
Rest in heaven Gus- have some coffee with my Dad. You two will have alot to talk about.

Posted by Marianne Jenkins - Bedford, NH   March 24, 2020

Gail, my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Gus will be greatly missed by many.
-Colleen Kurlansky

Posted by Colleen Kurlansky - Bow, NH - Friend   March 24, 2020

Dear Gail, I am so sorry to hear of Gus' passing. May fond memories and the love of family and friends help you through this difficult time. Sending my love to you and Ryan.

Posted by Carol Bruce - Merrimack, NH   March 24, 2020

Dear Gail: My SECOND favorite memory of Gus is of the spring day we walked to the dining hall singing the Beatle's song I wanna hold your hand. He couldn't carry a tune, but he made up for it in enthusiasm and volume! My FIRST favorite memory is of him in front of the bar at SAE with the person he most wanted to hold hands with you! You (of course) were so bubbly, and he was so happy! E-U-U-gene always knew from then on what a lucky guy he was!

Posted by David Steelman - Manchester, NH - Classmate   March 24, 2020

Gail and Ryan,
I am so sorry to hear of Gus' passing. I have found memories of family dinners at the Bachhubers and his visit to my classroom!! My thoughts and prayers are with you both!

Posted by Donna Dennis - Weare, NH   March 24, 2020

Dear Gail and Ryan and family, I am so sorry for your loss of Gus. Mike and I loved him very much. He was a great man. Loved his humour. My prayers for you and the family Gail. Love you. Barbara

Posted by Barbara Garry - Friend   March 24, 2020

Gail and Ryan, I am sorry to hear of the passing of my old friend and running partner.
Jack Doherty

Posted by A friend   March 24, 2020

Dearest Gail,

I'm so sorry to hear of Gus' passing. My heart goes out to you and your family during this most difficult time. Sending prayers for peace and strength.

Posted by Karen Labarre - Friend   March 24, 2020

Dear Gail, Ryan and the Garceau Family.
We are sorrowed with the loss of Gus, and your Poppie. Gus was a great husband, father, grandfather and community leader, who's legacy shines strongly in the memories of all of us who had the luck to know him.

Posted by Clark & Anne Dumont - Las Vegas, NV - Friend   March 24, 2020

Gail and family, Mark and I are so sorry to hear that Gus has passed. Our thoughts are with you in such a difficult time. Sending a virtual hug to you, Gail.
Jane and Mark Berry

Posted by Jane Berry - Bedford, NH - Friend   March 24, 2020

Im so sorry to hear that Gus passed away. I have many great memories of him growing up and as an adult. My thoughts (and lots of hugs) go out to Gail & Ryan/Meotis & the grandkids

Posted by Ginny Scease - Friend   March 24, 2020

Gail and Ryan, what a beautiful tribute to such an incredible man. He will truly live on in all of our hearts. Love you guys! Jean and Cindy Chagnon

Posted by Jean and Cindy Chagnon - Bedford, NH   March 24, 2020

Gail: thinking of you and your family in this difficult time

Posted by Paul Drahnak - Jupiter, FL   March 24, 2020

So sorry for your family and friends, especially during these crisis times. May the needed love and support make its way to you.

Posted by Eileen Brady - Nashua, NH - Acquaintance   March 23, 2020

Gail, Ryan & family,
I'm sorry to hear of the passing of Gus. He was a great man who was always great to be around. He will be missed by all and I will keep all of you in my thoughts.

Posted by Jon Snow - Bedford, NH - Family Friend   March 23, 2020

Our deepest sympathies to you Gail and Ryan and your family ❤ Gus was an amazing man of many talents and loved by all who met him. Praying for God's Peace to fill your broken hearts in these difficult times. Gus will be remembered with love and may he Rest In Peace

Posted by Norm & Sue Proulx - Goffstown, NH - Friend   March 23, 2020

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