Donald “Don” Gagnon, 85, of Biddeford, died Monday, May 29, 2017 at the Maine Veterans Home in Scarborough following a long illness. He was born February 2, 1932 in Biddeford, a son of Adolphe and Delvina (Canuel) Gagnon and was educated locally.
He graduated from St. Louis High School in the Class of 1951, then served in the United Stated Coast Guard for 3 years during the Korean Conflict. Following his service he studied electronics at Southern Maine Vocational Technical Institute for two years.
On April 11, 1955, he married Lorraine P. Nadeau at St. Andre’s Church in Biddeford.
Don worked as a lab technician for General Electric in Somersworth, NH, retiring in 1992 after 36 years there.
He was a member of the St. Louis Alumni Association, the American Legion (Post 26), and was a fourth-degree member of the Knights of Columbus.
In 1969, he was instrumental in the construction of the East Biddeford Little League Field and volunteered as umpire for many years. Don always supported and enjoyed attending the sports and school activities of his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
He was predeceased by two brothers: George and Robert Gagnon
Surviving are: Lorraine Gagnon, his wife of 62 years, of Biddeford
2 sons: Michael D. Gagnon and his partner and fiancée Paula of Yarmouth
Ronald L. Gagnon and his wife Doris of Biddeford
Sherri Locke and her husband Mike of Biddeford
Jamie Gagnon and his wife Tracy of Saco
Heather Tellez and her husband Brandon of Eagle River, Alaska
Jennifer Kumin and her husband Michael of York
8 great grandchildren:
Chase, Brayden, Nathan, Ryan, Lucas, William, Ryder, and Ophelia
3 brothers: Raymond of Saco, Normand of Saco, and Marcel of Old Orchard Beach
2 sisters: Muriel Roberge of Biddeford and Georgette Dion of St. George, Quebec
Many nieces and nephews
There will be no calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at Most Holy Trinity Church in Saco. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery in Biddeford. Arrangements are by Hope Memorial Chapel 480 Elm Street, Biddeford, ME 04005. To share condolences online, please visit www.HopeMemorial.com. The family would like to thank the staff at Maine Veterans Home in Scarborough for the exceptional care, love, and compassion given to Don during his stay and for keeping him comfortable until the end of his life. The family cannot thank them enough. In lieu of flowers, donations in Don's memory may be made to: Maine Veterans Home, 290 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough, ME 04074.
Charitable donations may be made to:
Maine Veterans's Home
290 US Route 1, Scarborough ME 04074