MILFORD, NH – Roger Delage, 85, longtime resident of Milford, NH passed away peacefully on November 29, 2017 at Catholic Medical Center, Manchester, NH, surrounded by his family.
He was born in Lowell, MA on December 29, 1931, a son of Arthur and Mabel (Villandry) Delage. He was raised in Nashua, NH and made his home in Milford for more than 60 years.
Roger’s vast array of employers included Producer’s Dairy, the Wilton Legion, Barbara’s Restaurant and Kollsman Instruments. It was his love of traveling and compassion for children that ultimately inspired him to become a school bus driver where the children fondly referred to him as ‘Uncle Roger’.
He enjoyed traveling and taking trips to the ocean but most especially loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Roger was a U.S. Army veteran having served during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1960 where he received a medal of bravery.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Barbara (Phillips) Delage, with whom he celebrated 39 years of marriage.
Family members include his wife, Louise (Kraus) Delage of Milford; three sons and daughters-in-law, Edward and Joan Delage, Mark and Holly Delage, all of Milford, Scott and Sandra Delage of Brookline, NH; a step daughter, Leonora Nickola of Peterborough, NH; ten grandchildren, Damien and wife Olga, Alicia, Brittany, Corey, Alexa, Casey, Mariah, Mallory, Jordan and Isaiah; two great grandchildren, Aubriella and Mila; two step grandchildren; a sister, Sister Jacqueline Delage, Sisters of the Holy Cross, Manchester, NH; many nieces and nephews.
Memorial visiting hours are on Tuesday, December 5th from 5:00-7:00pm in the Smith & Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm Street, Milford. A memorial mass will be held on Wednesday at 11:00am in St. Patrick’s Church, 34 Amherst Street, Milford, followed by military honors. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to End 68 Hours of Hunger (www.end68hoursofhunger.org) or Sisters of Holy Cross, Development Office, 365 Island Pond Road, Manchester, NH 03109-4811. Arrangements are in the care of Smith & Heald Funeral Home, Milford. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please go to www.smith-heald.com.