Arthur L. Larose

Arthur L. “Hershey” Larose, 95, of the Crown Hill area in Nashua, passed away on Monday evening, February 23, 2015, at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, NH.

Arthur was born on August 8, 1919, in St. Jean-Chrysostome, Quebec, son of the late Joseph and Marie Anna (Gagnon) Larose. Arthur and his family moved to Nashua, NH, when he was 3 years old.

He was predeceased by his loving wife, Therese S. (Noel) Larose, who passed away on January 16, 2002.

Arthur, along with several of his siblings, owned and operated the former Modern Restaurant on W. Pearl St. in Nashua for many years. He had worked as a cook for over 43 years until his retirement in May of 1981. After his retirement from the restaurant, he worked part-time for 15 years as a groundskeeper at the Whip-Poor-Will Golf Course in Hudson, NH, of which he was also a member for many years. It is there that a fellow golfer observed his love of Hershey chocolate bars, nicknaming him “Hershey,” which followed him to this day.

Along with being an avid golfer, Arthur loved playing cards, especially cribbage, and although mostly blind with macular degeneration the last several years, he keenly remembered the cards played and managed to provide quite the challenge to his opponents. “Three games up, Frank.” He spent many years on Monday afternoons playing cards with friends at the Nashua Senior Center, and also many years with friends on a weekly basis at his home.

Arthur was predeceased by a stepmother, Alma (Beaudoin) Larose; eight brothers, Noel, Roland, Henry, Gerome, Jean “Curly,” Armand, Edward “Eddy,” Paul Larose; three sisters, Jeanette Soucy, Rebecca “Becky” Levesque, Rachel Larose; a stepsister, Annie Lavoie; two nieces, Sylvia (Soucy) McKay, Jeanne Larose; two nephews, Richard “Dicky” LaRose, Brian Phaneuf.

Survivors include his two daughters and son-in-law, Diane Cunha of Pittsburg, NH, Donna and Robert Cormier of Hollis, NH; one son and daughter-in-law, Gerard Larose of Charlotte, NC, and Barbara; nine grandchildren, Jennifer Cunha and her fiance, Scott Stanger, Kristi Cunha, Emily Cunha, Timothy and Tara-Lynn Cunha, Dana and Jessica Larose, Eric and Diane Larose, Alyssa and Dan Mickus, Todd and Kerry Cormier, Brian Cormier; three great-granddaughters, Aubrey Cunha, Beatrice Mickus, Gabriella Larose; a sister and brother-in-law, Florence and Leo Phaneuf of Nashua; five sisters-in-law and two brothers-in-law, Katherine Noel of Norton, MA, Myrtle Noel Walker of Bedford, NH, Gerald Kendall of Bedford, NH, Yve Hines of Merrimack, NH, Lois Noel of Lincoln, NE, Ed and Priscilla Lehoullier of Amherst, NH; many nieces, nephews, and friends; a cousin, Ferndinand Jette, of Nashua; a very dear and long time friend, Claire Dean, of Nashua.

The family would like to thank all who supported, cared for and loved Arthur.

SERVICES: There are no calling hours. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Home Health & Hospice Care, 7 Executive Park Dr., Merrimack, NH 03054.