American Veteran 04

Paul C. Desjardins

November 9, 1946 ~ February 28, 2021 (age 74)


 Paul Claude Desjardins, 74, died unexpectedly at his home on Sunday, February 28, 2021. He is the beloved husband of 40 years to Nicole (Landry) Desjardins. Paul was born in Nashua on November 9,1946 and was the son of the late Joseph and Annette (Gregoire) Desjardins.

A Frenchman with signature jet black hair and mustache, with a blue collared body with a strong and callused handshake, with a heart of gold. That was Paul. He was selfless, compassionate, empathetic, kind, quiet, and genuine. He was always willing to lend a hand and he made everyone feel special and important, no matter if you were family, a friend, casual acquaintance or just passed him by in the grocery store.

He proudly served his country in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War until he was honorably discharged in 1967 after a terrible motorcycle accident. Paul sure did love his Harley Davidson. They told him he would never walk again, but after a year and a half of rehab, he walked out on his own accord. After that, he sold everything and moved to Australia, where he lived there for several years and always talked about it being one of his greatest adventures.

For over 40 years, Paul owned and operated his own painting/wallpaper business and was known around town as ‘Paul The Painter’. He treated every client like they were his most important customer. His work ethic was impeccable, was meticulous with all the projects he did, and hand wrote every estimate, in cursive of course, which he did up until his last job. He was truly proud of his business and was so passionate about his profession. So much so, that later in life he would spend countless days on a special art project where he created a giant paintbrush made out of wooden paint sticks and resin, which he legitimately believed it belonged in a museum. Therefore it’s only fitting that we mention this legendary piece of art in his obituary.

In his free time, Paul was an avid bass fisherman, he loved watching his favorite show, Walker Texas Ranger and enjoyed watching the races at the Hudson Speedway. In his older years, he really enjoyed his daily routine of driving to Dunks and getting his coffee and donut. He loved listening and singing along to the oldies, but his favorite was belting out Opera while playing his Andrea Bocelli CD. Above all, his most cherished time was spent with his family especially his grandson, Noah.

In addition to his wife, Nicole, he is survived by his two children, Joseph Desjardins and his partner Azarialis “Izzy” Perez of Nashua and Melissa Desjardins and her partner Robert Smolen II of Virginia Beach, VA; his two grandchildren, Noah and Penelope who was just born on March 2nd; his siblings, Conrad Desjardins of Nashua and Louise Sallinger and her husband Larry of NY. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Richard Duquette of CA; his in-laws, Eric Landy and his wife Kimberly of Amherst, Lisa Garon of Penacook, and Tara Landry of Nashua; and his nieces and nephews, John Desjardins, Amy Brown, John Duquette, Jay Duquette, Jackie Day, and Cooper Garon. Paul was predeceased by his sister Mona Duquette.

Relatives and friends are invited to Paul’s WALK THROUGH visitation on Wednesday, March 10th from 10 AM until 12 Noon at ROCHETTE FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, 21 Kinsley Street, Nashua. His graveside service and military honors will be presented on WEDNESDAY, March 10th at 2 PM in the New Hampshire State Veteran Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Hwy, Boscawen, NH. KINDLY MEET AT THE CEMETERY. In lieu of flowers, donations are asked to be made in Paul's name to the Nashua Humane Society, 24 Ferry Road, Nashua, NH 03064, because Paul loved animals so much. 


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Graveside Service
March 10, 2021

2:00 PM
New Hampshire State Veteran Cemetery, Boscawen

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