Published DateLACONIA – Reverend Richard M. Giroux, 69, was called to his rest and to the glory of the Resurrection promised by the Lord, on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at Mt. Carmel Nursing Home, in Manchester.
Father Giroux was born on September 15, 1943 in Manchester, NH the son of the late Gedeon J. and Juliette (Talbot) Giroux, and was ordained a priest on May 17, 1969 by the Most Reverend Ernest J. Primeau, S.T.D., sixth Bishop of Manchester, at Saint Joseph Cathedral in Manchester. Father Giroux studied at the Seminaire Universitaire, Ottawa, PQ, Canada.
Father Giroux was first assigned as associate pastor of St. Anne Parish in Berlin in June, 1969 and then as associate pastor of Infant Jesus Parish in Nashua in June, 1972. In October 1973, Father Giroux was granted a one-year leave of absence. He resumed ministry and was assigned as associate pastor of Saint Francis Xavier Parish in Nashua where he also served as temporary administrator in December of 1976. In June, 1979 he was assigned as associate pastor of St. Anthony Parish in Manchester.
In January, 1983 Bishop Odore J. Gendron, D.D. appointed Father Giroux as pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Pittsfield. In June 1993, Bishop Leo E. O'Neil, D.D. appointed Father Giroux pastor of St. Margaret Mary Parish in Keene and in November of 1998 he was appointed pastor of St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Tilton where he served faithfully until his retirement in September, 2011.
Father Giroux was a Representative to the Nashua Deanery, for Liturgy, Music and Sacred Arts; attended the New Pastors Program at St. John Seminary, Brighton, MA and was a member of the Council of Priests for the Concord Deanery.
He enjoyed making puzzles, both crossword and jigsaw puzzles. In addition, his interests include reading, traveling and music in which he liked playing his piano.
Members of his family include; his sister, Pauline Methot, and her husband, Gerard, of Manchester; a brother Roger G. Giroux, and his wife Gail, of Laconia, NH; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Father Giroux was predeceased by his brother, Gerald Giroux and his sister Constance Giroux.
SERVICES: The Rite of Reception of the Body will take place on Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at Sainte Marie Church, 378 Notre Dame Ave in Manchester at 4:00 p.m. Father Giroux will lie in state in the church until 7:00 p.m., concluding with evening prayer. On Thursday, July 18, 2013, Father Giroux will lie in state at Sainte Marie Church from 9:00 a.m. till 9:45 a.m. The Most Reverend Peter A. Libasci, Bishop of Manchester, will preside at a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. The Rite of Committal will be celebrated after the Mass at Mount Calvary Cemetery, 474 Goffstown Road, Manchester, NH.
To view an online memorial please go to www.phaneuf.net
The Phaneuf Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Donations may be made to the Peterson House, 221 Orange Street, Manchester, NH 03104-4324 or to the American Cancer Society, 2 Commerce Drive, Suite 110, Bedford, NH, in memory of Father Giroux.