Donald R. Tanguay, Sr.

  • Born: October 2, 1935
  • Died: August 13, 2020
  • Location: Bedford, New Hampshire

Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory

1799 Elm St
Manchester, NH 03104

Tel. (603) 625-6951

Tribute & Message From The Family

Donald R. Tanguay, 84, of Bedford, passed away peacefully on August 13, 2020 surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Manchester on October 2, 1935, the son of Ernest A. and Aurore (Gagnon) Tanguay.

In February 1961, he was sworn into the Manchester Police Department. He enlisted with the New Hampshire National Guard in 1959, eventually attaining the rank of Sergeant. In October of 1961, he was stationed at Fort Bragg, NC, where he was wire chief for his platoon for a year. Upon his return to Manchester, he was assigned to the three wheel motorcycle detail and moved up to solo motorcycle detail. In 1966, he was assigned to cruiser duty, and in 1968, he was assigned to school patrol juvenile division, where he gave lectures to school children on patrol safety before a training rank of sergeant.

Donald dedicated 20 years to the Manchester Police Department before retiring in 1981. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Police Relief Association in Manchester. In 1975, he attended the FBI Academy at Quantico, VA, where he was the first officer who received SWAT training and became team leader. He became leader of Manchester PD's first Color Guard.

He was a graduate of Northeastern University, receiving a degree in Forensic Science, and also Saint Anselm College, receiving a degree in Criminal Justice.

Upon his retirement, Donald enjoyed spending time in Hampton Beach, where he owned a condo. He was also an avid runner and participated in various road races. One of his most accomplished races was a 26.2K held in Dublin, Ireland when he was 62 years old. He also enjoyed spending time with his family; especially his grandchildren. Donald was known for his sense of humor and was always making jokes to keep his family smiling and laughing.

He was predeceased by his parents Ernest and Aurore; four brothers, Roger, Ernie, Russel, and Dick; and one sister, Susan.

He is survived by his sons, Donald Jr. of Bedford, Mark Tanguay and his wife Lisa of Bedford, Jeffery Tanguay of Londonderry; his daughter, Caroline "Carrie" and her husband, James Currier of Goffstown; his wife of 56 years, Jacqueline Tanguay; grandchildren, James Currier Jr and his wife Tricia of Manchester, Candice Pendagast (Currier) and her husband Chris of Maine, Travis Tanguay and Curtis Tanguay of Bedford, Lauren Schmidt (Tanguay) and her husband Drago of Goffstown, Kendra Morin of Bedford, and Trevor Tanguay of Londonderry; great-grandchildren, James Anderson, Blake Anderson, Janelle Currier, Kolben Tanguay, Raelyn Tanguay, Tyler Tanguay, Curtis Tanguay Jr, Nolan Fraser, Cameron Pendagast, Clark Pendagast, Souja Schmidt, and Sophia Currier; as well as siblings Normand Tanguay, Jerry Tanguay, Lorraine Bellmore, Vivian Blondeau and Simone Simard.

The family would also like to thank the nursing staff at Hanover Hill Health Care Center for taking such remarkable care of Donald.

Visitation will be Thursday from 9:15 to 10:45 am in Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory, 1799 Elm St, corner of North St, followed by a service in the funeral home chapel at 11 am. Committal services with military honors will follow in the NH State Veterans Cemetery, Boscawen.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Veteran's Association or to the American Cancer Society.
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Condolence & Memory Journal

My condolences to the family

Posted by Arthur Tanguay - Bristol, NH   August 21, 2020

Jerry, Jim and the Tanguay family. We were sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Richard & Ellen Moran - Friend   August 20, 2020

Don and Family,
My condolences to you and your family,so sorry to hear about your dad.Be assured that he is resting in the arms of Jesus now. Remembering him as well as you as great neighbors.Be blessed!

Posted by Robert Kohuwsky - Patrick, SC - Friend   August 19, 2020

Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. Deepest sympathy.

Posted by Rob and Leiane Hewitt - Hudson, NH - Family   August 19, 2020

Aunt Jackie, Don, Mark, Carrie, Praying with and for you at this challenging time. Blessings Love, David

Posted by David Boufford Boufford - Los Angeles, CA - Family   August 18, 2020

Jackie and Family,
Please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of Don. I have fond memories of working with Don at M.P.D., and I was fortunate to call him a friend. May he Rest in Peace.

Posted by Phil and Ann Alexakos - Bedford, NH - Friend   August 18, 2020

Don and Family,
We are so sad to hear of the death of your Dad. You cared so well for him as he began to have aging issues. May you draw close together as a family as you grieve and may there be many good memories to share. May God be your source of comfort. Praying for you, Alan and Nancy Goedecke and your friends at New Hope Christian Fellowship.

Posted by Nancy Goedecke - Bedford, NH - Friend   August 18, 2020

Carrie,I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your father. Last time I saw you and your parents was at Bruce’s funeral 15 years ago. Where has the time gone? Know I am thinking of you and your brothers at this sad time.

Posted by Sue Solloway - Friend   August 18, 2020

Norm, I am sorry for the loss of your brother. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Ed Wade - Friend   August 18, 2020

Mr.Tanguay, Thank you for your service RDM Windham NH

Posted by - Friend   August 18, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss, I have wonderful memories of Uncle Don, I hope he and my Dad are together again! Love, Diane and Mike Leavitt

Posted by Diane Leavitt - Hollis, NH - Family   August 17, 2020

Such a huge loss for the family. Sending prayer for peace. Remember the special times. The happy times. Sending love to you all.

Posted by Carol Pendagast - Shelton, CT - Family Friend   August 17, 2020

I am so sorry for the loss of your father & grandfather. My first memories of acclimating to the US after having been asay for so long include Mr. Tanguay.

May he rest in God's peace. May you all take comfort in knowing that he is in a better place.

Posted by Trish Tagle - NY - Friend   August 17, 2020

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