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DiLuzio Foley And Fletcher Funeral Homes

33 Marlboro Street, Keene, NH

OBITUARY

Teofilo A. "Teo" Salema

October 24, 1955October 18, 2019

Teofilo "Teo" Salema passed from this world on October 18, 2019 after a difficult battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 63 years old.

Born in Sao Miguel Azores Portugal to Jose and Laurentina Salema, Teo was the youngest of six children and immigrated to this country with his family in 1966.

As a young boy Teo lived and attended school in Bristol, Rhode Island.

As a young adult, Teo worked for his brother-in-law, Carlos Andrade, managing a network of Dunkin’ Stores in the greater Boston area where he met his wife, Christine.

As a young couple they relocated to Keene, NH and along with his brother, Manny, Teo started his own franchise business on West Street. Over the next few years, the Keene network grew to include locations in Swanzey, Hinsdale, Brattleboro, VT, and Greenfield, MA. Although the Greenfield business was sold, the other stores remain in the family with Teo’s nephew, Nelson Salema, operating the VT locations and his son, Connor Salema, operating those in NH.

Teo will be greatly missed by his wife Christine (Connors) Salema; their daughter, Laura (Salema) Larmon; and sons, Connor and Michael Salema; son-in-law, Jay Larmon; a granddaughter, Quinn Larmon; and mother-in-law, M. Fran Connors. Additionally, Teo leaves behind four brothers, Jose, Manuel, Antonio and John Salema; one sister, Maria Andrade; many sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law; and nieces, nephews and beloved friends. He is predeceased by his parents; his father-in-law, Jack Connors; and a sister-in-law, Grace Salema.

At Teo’s request his services will be private.

Teo loved and supported the community. If desired, donations in his memory may be made to a local charity of your choice, or to Pancan.org

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  • Teo loved and supported the community.

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  • At Teo's request, services will be private.

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Joseph Durell

October 31, 2019

Dear Christine, Laura, Connor, and Michael,
My sympathy and deepest condolences on the loss of your husband and father. I first met Teo in the early 80's. We hung out quite a bit. We did not stay in touch on a regular basis; however, I always considered Teo a good friend. I know he was a very kind, caring, and generous man. One Teo story that I don't think I ever had a chance to tell Chris: when Teo lived at Parkwood, we decided one afternoon that we would start exercising every day. We ran from Teo's apartment down Maple Ave. to the 7 Eleven. We walked back. Teo made Portuguese sausage and vegetables. We watch a movie. We never ran again. Once was enough! Joe

Linda Hadden

October 28, 2019

When my son, TJ, was probably around 14 he seemed to be desperately trying to make us totally embarrassed by his ridiculous clothing choices—such as strips with strips of entirely different colors and of course, going in completely different directions! Anyway, no matter how much we yelled, screamed, rationalized, his outfits just got more ridiculous. Well, apparently he was visiting Connor at his home one day, wearing one of THOSE outfits, and Teo told him that he looked ridiculous. And that did it! He started caring about how he looked! True story. We never did know why Teo got through to him. Maybe it was the way Teo said it with a smile or with humor or that TJ respected him greatly and knew that Teo genuinely cared about him! Either way, my husband and I will be eternally grateful, not because Tj started dressing normally again, but because his kindness, his motivational story and hard work, friendliness, and sense of humor—and more, touched Tj deeply! Teo will be missed!

Sherry Plaisted

October 25, 2019

Teo will be greatly missed. I had the pleasure of meeting Teo back when i was a teenager working as an assistant manger for Dangelos right next door, at same time meeting nelson as a young boy. Teo always greeting people with a smile and Manny too, that all the customers grew fond of. One memory that might give u a laugh was that as a manager one night i was working in the store late next door and it started to snow lightly but when i got ready to leave my car was missing!! I panic and called home to my dad because i was a minor still. Well, apparently the next day i found out that Teo had it towed lol not knowing it was the asst manger of dangelos.. Boy did we chuckle the next day and he offered to pay part of my tow bill. I was very sad to hear of his passing.. my two older children ended up working for him in his stores and always knew they could call him if they ever had a problem.
My thoughts and prayers to his family and friends he was a huge part of our community!!

Victor Carvalho

October 25, 2019

Our Deepest Condolences to the family.

Teo was a great person. He always had a smile on his face and a kind word to say. Though we didn't see each other often, he always greeted me with a big hug and took the time to catch up.

Sharing in your sadness as we remember Teo.

Bill allen

October 24, 2019

Very sad to hear of Teo's passing. What a good man! I am pretty sure I served him one of his first beers in Keene at Phil's when he moved here. I know it may have started a string!
He made everything fun, saw the humor in himself and others and was loyal. Had seasons tickets to the Pats when they were terrible and I was lucky enough to attend a game with him and a bunch of other hooligans. My thoughts are with his family.

Wendy Durant

October 24, 2019

I am so saddened to hear of Teo’s passing. I was one of Teo’ and Manny’s first employees when they moved to Keene and bought the West Street Dunkin location in the 80’s. I was a teenager at the time, but remember his strong dedication to the store and his family. He taught me a lot about working hard and being the best person I could be. He treated us like family and that has always stuck with me throughout the years. My heart breaks for you all! I hope you are able to find comfort in the memories you share as a beautiful family. All my love - Wendy Elliott Durant

David & Mary Cameron

October 24, 2019

We were shocked to hear of Teo's passing. We first met him in June, 1989, while moving into our new home on Philip Dr. in Spofford, NH. He was waiting in the driveway to greet his new neighbors and welcome us to the neighborhood. Teo was like that. Friendly, outgoing, generous and always looking for opportunities to include and help others whenever he could. We could go on and on about the many fun times we shared with him and Chris before moving on to the next chapter in our lives. Regrettably, we lost touch but the memories are strong and will never diminish. We'll miss Teo. May he rest in peace.

karl karter (Roberts )

October 24, 2019

I am so sorry to hear of the pasting of Teo. He was a great guy ! I really enjoyed our visits when he came in for a hair cut , I will miss him GREATLY ! He was so kind and generous to this community ,always give of himself to benefit others. I hope with the love and support of friends and family that you travel though this hard time knowing there are people there for you. Karl (Roberts) Karter

Ken & Leslie Meola

October 24, 2019

Chris, Laura, Connor, and Mike,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you work through this difficult time. Teo was a class act - you became his best friend from the moment he met you and he never let you forget it. He had such a positive impact on so many people. He will be missed, but never forgotten.

Suzanne Stevens

October 23, 2019

To Chris and family, we're so very sorry for your loss. I will always remember Teo as a genuinely friendly man. He always went out of his way to smile and say 'hello.' He will be missed. Tom and I will lift you and your family up in prayer during the difficult days, weeks, and months ahead.

FROM THE FAMILY