Roger H. Gagnon, 81, journeyed home to Jesus on October 13, 2011 surrounded by his loving family at St. Joseph’s Home Ogdensburg, where he had been a resident since 2009.
Mr. Gagnon was born in Shawinigan Falls, Quebec, Canada on December 15, 1929 to Joseph and Yvonne Gagnon. He attended local schools and played Junior A hockey. He married Pierrette Jobin on June 30, 1952 in St. Basil, Quebec, Canada. The couple relocated to Ogdensburg where Mr. Gagnon worked as a pipe fitter during the construction of the Dupont Chemical plant in Maitland, Ontario. He served in the US Army as a Canadian citizen from 1954 to 1956. He later became a naturalized citizen of the United States.
Upon returning from military service, he worked as a meat cutter for Loblaw’s Market and Eddy’s Market in Ogdensburg. He owned and operated Roger’s Meat Market on Lake Street in Ogdensburg for several years. After closing his business, Mr. Gagnon worked for Great American Markets and Eddy’s Big M Market before retiring in 2005.
Mr. Gagnon was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus where he was a Third Degree Knight. He was also a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose in Ogdensburg. He was a communicant of Notre Dame Parish in Ogdensburg.
Mr. Gagnon is survived by his loving wife, Pierrette of St. Joseph’s Nursing Home; daughters Marlene Johnson and husband David of Dexter and Suzanne Beldock and husband Jay (Bob) of Ogdensburg; sons Pierre and wife Trudy of Homer and Marc of Ogdensburg; and eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents and brother Yvan.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 15, 2011 at Notre Dame Church at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. F. James Shurtleff officiating. Burial will be held at Notre Dame Cemetery. Calling hours will be held on Friday, October 14, 2011 at Frary Funeral Home from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph’s Home or Notre Dame Parish.