Edward Albert Orleans

Edward Albert Orleans, 78, of Merrimack passed away Thursday, February 1st at St Joseph Hospital in Nashua surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Newton MA, grew up in Nashua and lived in Merrimack for the past 50 years. Ed proudly served his country with the United States Coast Guard Reserves. He was an insurance agent with Prudential for 24 years and until recently with State Farm.

In his youth Ed enjoyed spending time in Mere Point, Maine where he met his future wife. He had been a Hunter Education Instructor for the NH Fish and Game Department, member of the NRA and Ducks Unlimited, bowler and past vice president of the Merrimack Youth Association.

In his free time Ed was very active as a state commissioner for Cal Ripkin Baseball, an avid hunter, fisherman and woodworker. He also enjoyed camping, cooking for family, friends and the MYA where he became famous for the “Eddie Burger”. Most of all he loved spending time with his family, especially his granddaughters.

Ed leaves behind his loving wife of 50 years, Lena Orleans, a daughter Anne Rowsell and her husband Geoffrey of Weymouth MA, sons Shawn Orleans of Merrimack, Michael Orleans and his fiancée Shanna Delorey of Merrimack, sisters Dorothy Levesque and her husband Gerry of Nashua, Helen Nichols and her husband Jim of Hudson, a brother John David Orleans and his wife Charlotte of Merrimack, granddaughters Sophia and Lilyana Rowsell, sisters-in-law Mary and Karen Orleans, and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was also predeceased by his brothers Richard Orleans, Marcel “Chuck” Orleans and Robert Orleans and his wife Sue.

Relatives and friends are warmly invited to attend calling hours on Thursday, February 8th from 4-8 PM at the Rivet Funeral Home 425 Daniel Webster Highway in Merrimack. A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Friday February 9th at 9:30 AM at Our Lady of Mercy Church in Merrimack with burial to follow at Last Rest Cemetery also in Merrimack. Memorial donations in Ed’s honor may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 262 Danny Thomas Place Memphis, TN 38105 or to Wounded Warriors Project PO Box 758516 Topeka, KS 66675. To leave an online condolence please visit www.rivetfuneralhome.com