Donald Garon

  • Born: November 5, 1934
  • Died: September 29, 2018
  • Location: Manchester, New Hampshire

Phaneuf Funeral Homes & Crematorium - Hanover Street

243 Hanover Street
Manchester, NH 03104
Tel. (603) 625-5777

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Donald Lucien Garon, 83, died Saturday, September 29, 2018, at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, NH. He was born on November 5, 1934, in Nashua, NH, the son of Adelard Garon and Eva Bleau Garon.

Donald attended, the Seminary in Enfield, NH, attended LaSalette College in Attleboro, MA and then received his graduate, Master's Degree at Assumption College in Worcester, MA. He also studied in the USA, Canada, France, Costa Rica and Mexico. In his younger years Don was a Youth counselor at Middlesex County Training School in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA. He was the district Administrator for 52 mission schools in Benin, Program Director for Catholic Relief Services in Rwanda, Assistant Program Director for Institute of Modern Languages in Raytheon in their English language program, at the Saudi Arabian Air Defense School in Jeddah, Saudi Arabis. His work there led him to the position of Director of Saudi Arabian Airlines Language Training Center in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Don also worked helping the priests in different countries teaching people how to read, write and speak English. He taught with books, chalk boards, writings and when those were not available he wrote in the sand with a stick to provide visual learning tools to his students. Sometimes his pay was as low at $15.00 US a month, when he in fact did get paid beyond his room and board.

His teaching capabilities took him from secondary and college teacher of English as a Second Language to Zaire, Benin, USA, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Canada, Philippines, and Costa Rica. He taught adult students for Larsen & Neilsen Saudia Arabia, Ltd. in Jeddah and Taif, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Also teaching English as a second language in Jose, Costa Rica after having taught the same at Mont de LaSalle Secondary School in Laval, Quebec, Canada. Donald also lectured to adults on the Silva Method of stress control. In Zaire, he taught at college at the Universite St. Jerome in Lubumbashi. There is no doubt that Don loved to teach.

He was a kind and generous man, who always found enough to share with anyone in need. He shared his home, his food and his life with others in a most unselfish way. He set an example for many as to the good that one person can provide and help others maintain hope in humanity and faith in God. He never uttered a discouraging word or felt that anyone was unworthy of kindness and love.

Donald studied the body and muscles hoping to further serve people who were in pain by offering massage therapy services through a business he ran for a few years in Fort Myers, Florida. Always looking to better the lives of everyone he met, he later moved back to New Hampshire and worked as an overnight awake care giver in Massachusetts. His life lead him to travel to his brother Bob's home in the Philippines, where he worked for a short time helping to heal those with substance abuse issues. Upon his semi-retirement, Donald read and continued to tutor those who wanted to learn other languages. He worked with some amazing young children teaching them French and teaching about the French customs he grew up knowing so well.

Donald loved reading and studying history and philosophy. One would often see him with his eyes close to the printed page as he had difficulty seeing the small print, but that did not stop his quest to learn from the printed word what he could not learn from life experiences. He said he believed everyday was to be celebrated. He was intuitive and enjoyed praying and giving toasts and short speeches with encouraging dialect, often providing a lesson within his presentations. He truly was a man of God and has more than earned his way to heaven. He also liked to tell jokes and treat others to his wonderful sense of humor.

Donald was predeceased by his sister Delores O. Scarff and her husband Merritt Scarff of Florida.

Survived by his brother Robert Garon and wife Emerita Garon of the Philippines, and his brother Richard G. Garon and wife Elizabeth A. Garon of Auburn, NH.

Donald also had nieces: Lesley Lemay, Vanessa Vandevoort, Alexandra Manosa, Tiffany Perkins, Paula Lachance; nephews: Robert Scarff, Richard D. Garon, Michael J. Garon, Matthew Garon, Paul Lachance. He also had great nieces: Erica Scarff, Tori Lemay, Kaylen Garon, Lara Manõsa, Gabriel Vandervoort, Emily Jobin and Stephanie Mahns, and great nephews: Robby Scarff, Zachary Lemay, Nicholas Garon, Christopher Garon, Alec Garon, Matthew Vandervoort, Noah Manõsa, and Evan Mahns.

SERVICES: His Memorial Gathering will be held in the Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 243 Hanover St., on Friday, October 5, 2018, from 4:00 to 7:00P.M. with A Celebration of Life at 6:00P.M. A Catholic Mass will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 9:30A.M. at St. Marie's Church on 378 Notre Dame Ave., Manchester, NH. Interment will be held privately at the convenience of the family.

Those who wish may make a memorial contribution to the LaSalette Missionary Association, 947 Park Street, Attleboro, MA, 02703 MA or the Assumption College, 500 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Still missing this wonderful man on the anniversary of his death. I am sure he is in a better place enjoying bountiful blessings!!!

Posted by Jennifer Girard - Manchester, NH - Friend   September 29, 2019

I called Donald my Uncle Donald this is how I have always known him since I was as small as I can remember. Uncle Donald lived in Hudson right down the road from me and was always at my house having coffee with my mom and would talk for hours on end. He was my most favorite relative in my whole family. He was always there for me through thick and thin, all my ups and downs no matter what. He always had his own special way to make me smile and tell me how very special I was to him and to everyone. We were going to go on many trips together but never got around to it as life gets in the way. Uncle Donald was my best friend, my rock of Gibraltar, and like a father to me. I lived with Uncle Donald for a while in 2015 and 2016 and what an amazing time we had together. He taught me so much about life and just how to be. We prayed every day and he always made me say every morning "Every day in every way I'm getting better and better" and I still say this everyday. he was a great man who traveled the world teaching and helping anyone and everyone he knew all he could just to help them to be better and better in every way possible and loved everyone so much. Just about 12 hours before he left this earth I asked him not to go please. Life is going to be extremely difficult without him in my life. He always gave me the strength to keep going and knowing that I can do anything in life, he gave me so much love and so much happiness. I will miss him with every piece of my heart. I love him so very much. This was a great man who will be so missed by so many people.

Posted by Monica Archibald - Nashua, NH   October 05, 2018

Don was a good friend and a good man. Our family would regularly invite Don over for gatherings and we loved it when he was able to attend. Don was full of knowledge and wisdom which made him great to talk to. He was also kind, caring and funny. He genuinely loved to converse with others, listen to what they had to say, and teach them what he knew. One thing that Don also loved to do was read, and he shared this love with me as he gave me many of his books. Theses books will always serve as a reminder of the admirable man that Don was. I am grateful to have known him, and that he was a friend of the family.

Posted by Dominic Girard - Manchester, NH - Friend   October 05, 2018


Don was a wonderful brother-in-law. He always made time for family and friends, giving whatever he could to make life happier and fuller for everyone with which he came in contact. He was amazing and never asked or looked for anything in return. He was trusting and honest, setting examples by what he did in life. He once told me "nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care." I have found his words to be so true. We often talked about the meaning of life, and about material things not being what is important. He said sometimes you get what you want but, you didn't want what you got! Sure made me think! He will be missed. One day I shall challenge him to a game of chess again!

Posted by Elizabeth Garon - Auburn, NH - Family   October 03, 2018

Don was a wonderful friend to our family. We loved it when he would come over for family gatherings. He was a wonderful conversationalist, a humble servant and a true joy to be around. His smile showed how truly full of life he was, always eager to grow and learn. We admired Don and he will be missed. We are blessed to have known him. My kids will never forget who taught them their French!!!

Posted by Jennifer Girard - Manchester, NH - Friend   October 02, 2018

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Don's 80th birthday!
Taken during a trip on the shopper shuttle.