Frederick Joseph Gagnon

ROME – Frederick Joseph Gagnon, 78, died suddenly on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, at his home on Long Pond, following an intensive and aggressive bout of cancer. He was born in Caribou, on Nov. 23, 1943, a son of the late Joseph A. and Willa M. (Chapman) Gagnon, where he spent his early years working on his family’s potato farm. Fred graduated from Caribou High School in 1962 and was a proud member of the Future Farmers of America.After having various jobs in Caribou, Fred moved to Connecticut in 1965 to pursue employment opportunities. He found a career with Manchester Sand and Gravel and was a valued employee for 22 years. He then continued his career with Builder’s Concrete up until he retired to Long Pond. Fred was a proud communicant of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Willimantic, Conn., as well as St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Augusta. He was a volunteer firefighter in Manchester, Conn. Fred was an involved member of The Loyal Order of Moose and a member of the Canabas Council #1299 3rd Degree Knights of Columbus and Canabas Assembly # 348 4th Degree Knights of Columbus in Gardiner. Fred also served on the planning board for the Town of Rome. He was an avid fan of UCONN men and women basketball. He was happy when he was working and tinkering in the garage. Fred greatly enjoyed life on the lake with boating in the summer, making homemade ice cream on the 4th of July with his grandchildren, doing the rounds in the neighborhood on his ATV and good country music. Fred was predeceased by his granddaughter Taylor Lee Reagan, and his two sisters: Frances Belanger and Marlene Fournier.He is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Sandra Lee (Hersey) Gagnon of Rome; three daughters: Tina Gagnon-Valliere and her husband David of Mansfield, Conn., Tisha L. Reagan and her husband Scott of Colchester, Conn. and Trudy G. Wilson and her husband Noel of Colorado Springs, Colo.; as well as his grandchildren: Rachel Valliere, Gwyneth and Jackson Reagan, Riley and Zoey Wilson; his three sisters: Joyce Byram, Wilma Gentile and Charlene Martin; many nieces and nephews and countless friends.There will be no public visiting hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, January 22, at 11 a.m., at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, 41 Western Ave., Augusta. The service will be available by live stream at Burial will be in the Spring of 2022 in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Caribou.Arrangements have been entrusted to Plummer Funeral Home, 16 Pleasant St., Augusta, ME. Condolences, stories and photos may be shared at family requests in lieu of flowers, donations in Fred’s memory be made to either: Cure SMA,925 Busse Rd.,Elk Grove Village, IL, 60007,or American Cancer Society,One Bowdoin Mill Island, Suite 300,Topsham, ME, 04086.

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