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Derek A. Marois

December 28, 1970 ~ May 23, 2018 (age 47)

The night has fallen unexpectedly heavy as we pause and breathe in this life. Derek Marois, 47, lost his battle with addiction on Wednesday, May 23, 2018, leaving the quiet promise of another day to seek serenity.

Derek was born in Nashua, NH on December 28, 1970, son of Ronald and Doris (Lavoie) Marois. His natural sweetness gave birth to his mother’s nickname for him, “Love-Love”. At a young age he was the leader of “all things funny”, making ridiculous noises that filled the air when he wasn’t speaking. He turned the mundane into a wonder-world of word play. He had a genius ability to create and redefine into a new category of existence just by words. The entire family held pseudo names given by Derek that stuck to the person like a perfectionist glue. His humor was legendary, giving rise to a continuous storm of entertainment. One holiday, he walked in with a dress shirt...ripped it open and exposed a Superman shirt underneath, exclaiming that he was “Super Sober Man”. His laugh was infectious. When he walked into a room it expanded. In his company he had this unique capability of making you feel that you were the center of the universe. Capturing him with his nieces and nephews spoke volumes. In excitement, they would wait for Derek to arrive so they could get their next “mission”. These were unappealing adult tasks (like collecting firewood or raking) that got transformed through Derek and delivered with fun enthusiasm to the kids as a “journey”. He had a profound passion for sports and all Boston teams. Some would say he was a walking sports Wikipedia, knowing unbelievable details on EVERYTHING! He would spend hours at his parent’s house having “din-din” and watching games with the most positive version of both aggression and liveliness.

Derek was a lifelong Nashua resident and educated in the Nashua school system. He was a walking warrior for recovery in his last 2 years of life. He became a part of the Revive Recovery community, talked with politicians about the epidemic, and had a goal of becoming a certified CCAR recovery coach. He spent his life in pursuit of sobriety and finding forgiveness within himself for having disappointed his loved ones. He danced the fragile crossroads between life and death and has now been called to merge into the love and lightness of being.

Derek was predeceased by his sister Renee Monsalve-Marois; survived by his parents: Ronald and Doris (Lavoie) Marois, grandmother: Gloria St. Laurent, his siblings: William Marois, Brenda (Marois) Donahue, Michael Marois and Beth (Marois) Barba. His children: Taylor Tessier, Drew Marois, and Brayden Quinn, as well as one grandchild, Lincoln. He also left behind many nieces and nephews who hold him dear to their hearts.

Calling hours will be from 4pm to 8pm on Friday, June 1, 2018 at ANCTIL-ROCHETTE & SON FUNERAL HOME, 21 Kinsley St., Nashua. In lieu of flowers please make donations in Derek's name to the Revive Recovery Center, 263 Main St., Nashua, NH.




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