FORT FAIRFIELD AND PORTAGE LAKE - Richard P. Gagnon Sr., 82, passed away Friday night, April 11, 2014 surrounded by his family at The Aroostook Medical Center, Presque Isle. He was born May 5, 1931, in Presque Isle, the son of Hubade and Madeleine (Fournier) Gagnon.
He served in the National Guard for a number of years. As a young man, Richard helped at the family store, Gagnon's Market on Parson Street in Presque Isle. He attended and participated in sports programs at Presque Isle schools. Richard worked statewide as a welder and pipe fitter. He enjoyed the outdoors, boating, and camp life with his family and friends at Portage Lake. Dick's special passion for restoring automobiles, tractors, and boats demonstrated his creative talents and ingenuity.
He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Edwena (Lynch-Philbrick) Fort Fairfield, a son, Roger Gagnon and his wife, Connie of Washburn, three stepsons and their wives, Paul and Cynthia Philbrick of Hampden, Keith and Peggy Philbrick of Virginia Beach, VA, Bruce and Tiffany Philbrick of Ellsworth; a brother, Donald Gagnon of Presque Isle, a sister, Bernice Allen of Bangor; 4 special grandchildren, Scott, Timothy, Nolan and Elizabeth; two great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Dick was predeceased by his first wife, Marie (Churchill), a son, Richard P. Gagnon Jr.; one brother, Maynard; five sisters, Mildred Wolfe, Beulah Spaulding, Dora Prior, Muriel Faucher, and Isamay Johnason.
Relatives and friends may call 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 15th at Duncan-Graves Funeral Home, 30 Church St., Presque Isle. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Parish of the Precious Blood, Presque Isle, with Rev. Raymond Morency officiating. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments at the K of C Hall on Main St. in Fort Fairfield immediately following the service.
Donations may be made in his memory to Catholic Charities Maine, in lieu of flowers. Online condolences may be shared at www.duncan-graves .com