Cody Romeo Vachon, 21: Devoted father, beloved son, lost to heroin

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Cody Romeo Vachon
Cody Romeo Vachon

MANCHESTER, NH — Cody Romeo Vachon, 21, who lived in Manchester, NH, died  May 20, 2015 at home as the result of a heroin overdose.

He was born in Manchester,  and leaves behind a young daughter, Mykahla, his loving father Richard Vachon, and a large extended family.

Cody attended West High School in Manchester, and most recently was employed by Complete Labor and Staffing of Manchester. Cody enjoyed working and the sense of freedom and security that earning brought.

In his younger years Cody was very active, participating in Boys Scouts, Pop Warner football, and Little League. Later, he was passionate about deep sea fishing, adventures, bow hunting, and skateboarding. He enjoyed music and spending time with his friends, whom he considered his family. He will be remembered for his caring nature and his signature baseball cap.

Throughout his short life Cody made some bad decisions, including experimenting with drugs. He fought his addictions and his resolve hardened when his daughter, Mykahla, was born. Mykahla was the most important thing in Cody’s world; she had such a positive impact on his life and his ambitions. With her, he could see a future. You can feel the love he felt when you read the words he wrote for her:

“Being a father is the best thing to ever happen to me. My daughter is the most precious person in this world, absolutely perfect… Words can’t even describe how much I love her… If she had a bad heart or something and I was the only match for her, I’d give my life in a heartbeat for her… I’d destroy anything that ever tried to cause harm to her, even if it meant I’d have to go to prison for defending her, I’d do it no questions asked… I’ve loved you since you were just a little bump in your mother’s belly, to when I helped deliver you all the way up to now… and I don’t care if someday you’ve moved on with your life and you are 25 years old and married starting your own family, in my eyes you will always be my little princess…” Da Da  loves you Mykahla always & forever  – (Cody Romeo Vachon, Facebook, 5 March 2015)

If you have any loved one’s who are fighting addiction, Cody’s family asks that you do everything possible to be supportive, and guide them to rehabilitation before it is too late.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to Hope for NH Recovery www.hopefornhrecovery.org a local organization that supports all pathways to addiction recovery for individuals and families.

A gathering in Cody’s memory is scheduled for Tuesday, May 26  6 -8 p.m. at Phaneuf Funeral Home,  250 Coolidge Avenue, Manchester.


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  • Deborah A. Starin

    My deepest sympathy to the Vachon family. To lose such a promising young man and father is so difficult to understand. Thank you for sharing such a deeply personal story and I hope this will help others to seek help for their addiction.

  • Camille L’Heureux Bowlin

    My heart breaks for the entire family. ..I lost my precious son Matt on November 7th to this demon…he was a well loved and promising young man….this demon called addiction took him from us at age 31…he fought it for two years…he took a piece of my soul with him and the emptiness he left will never be filled..

  • Michele Bastine

    My prayers and love go to the vachon family,Cody will never be forgotten!! Cody was like a son to me he hung around with my son forever we will miss you dearly!??