Willard's Story

EAST MILLINOCKET - Willard "Red" Gagnon, 88, died peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on June 13, 2014. Willard was born July 2, 1925 in Guerette, the son of Eddie and Delphine Dube Gagnon.

Willard retired from Great Northern Paper Company in 1987 after 31 years of employment. He was a Sexton for St. Peter's Parish, retiring after 42 years. Willard was one of the original members of St. Peter's Parish Council. He was a World War II veteran, as well as a lifelong member of the American Legion Post #13. "Red" was well known for his expertise in carpentry and woodworking. He was proud of the fact that he built 22 houses in the East Millinocket area. His personal and work ethics were second to none in all areas of his life, which he instilled into his children. Willard's courage, strength, dignity, character, love of his family, loyalty to friends and his unwavering faith in God made him such a great man. "If there were more people in the world as Willard, the world would be a better place."

He is survived by his wife, Jean Gagnon of East Millinocket; his five children and their spouses, Judy McClay and her husband, Dick of Bangor, Lloyd Gagnon and companion, Mary of East Millinocket, Doug Gagnon of Siler City, North Carolina, Dan Gagnon and his wife, Karen of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and Diane Gagnon of East Millinocket; two stepsons, Gerard Gagne and his wife, Norma of Sanford and Peter Gagne and his wife, Karen of North Berwick; he was loved and adored by eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; two brothers, Lawrence Gagnon of Mattawamkeag and Alan Gagnon and his wife, Gerry of East Millinocket; three sisters, Theresa Cummings and Blanche Pelletier of Caribou, and Shirley Pelletier and her husband, Edmund of New Canada; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to his parents, Willard was predeceased by his first wife, Rinette, with whom he shared 50 years of marriage, daughter Myra, sisters, Lorenza and Emily, a brother, Wilbert, and a son-in-law, Jack Marshall.

Willard will be viewed 6-8 p.m. Monday, June 16 at "his home away from home", Christ the Divine Mercy Parish at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 58 Cedar St., East Millinocket, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 17 with Rev. Joel Cyr, pastor, officiating. Interment, with military honors, will be at East Millinocket Cemetery. Gifts in memory of Willard may be sent to Christ the Divine Mercy Parish/St. Peter's maintenance fund, 58 Cedar St., East Millinocket, ME 04430, or to Community Health and Counseling Hospice Program, P.O. Box 208, Lincoln, ME 04457. Arrangements are by Lamson Funeral Home, East Millinocket. Messages of condolence may be expressed at www.lamsonfh.com.
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