He was born in Lowell on May 4, 1938, the son of the late Roland Desrosiers and Jeanne Morrissette Desrosiers. He was a graduate of Lowell High School.
First and foremost he leaves his beloved family, Jeannette Desrosiers, his wife and sweetheart since the age of 14; his children, Ronald Desrosiers and his wife Marcie of Groton, Massachusetts, Rhonda Mullins and her husband, Bob of Groton, and Richard Desrosiers and his wife, Kristina of Norfolk, Massachusetts. He is also survived by nine grandchildren; Matthew, Brian, and Cara Desrosiers; Stephen, Jeannette, Sarah, and Carolyn Mullins; and Ava and Gavin Desrosiers.
He is also survived by his brother Roger Desrosiers and his wife Janice, of Amherst, New Hampshire; a brother-in-law, Normand Paquette of Gilford, New Hampshire; and a sister-in-law, Linda Desrosiers, of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. He was the brother of the late Jacqueline Paquette, of Dracut, Massachusetts and Normand Desrosiers, of Chelmsford. He also leaves many nieces and nephews.
He was self employed as a builder and developer for more than 25 years and crafted many fine custom homes. Before his self employment, he was employed by Shanklin Corporation of Ayer and Digital Equipment Corp in Maynard. Mr. Desrosiers also served in the United States Navy and was honorably discharged 1959.
Don touched so many lives and was a man of countless attributes. A friend who made you laugh, supported you and picked you up when you were down, never said “No” when there was work to do, and always was the guiding force in our lives. He was a man who many aspired to be: loving, caring, devoted, hard working, selfless, and funny. Don was an avid bowler and enjoyed boating, dancing, playing cards, and golfing. He was a big fan of the Red Sox and the New England Patriots. He especially enjoyed his winter home in The Villages, Florida.
A celebration of his life will take place Thursday, April 17 from 4-8 p.m. at the McKenna-Ouellette Funeral Home, 327 Hildreth Street, Lowell, MA, (978) 458-6183. The funeral service will be Friday, April 18, at 9 a.m. at St. Catherine of Alexandria, 107 North Main Street, Westford, MA. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, 96 Riverneck Road, Chelmsford, MA.