Normand R. Gagnon, 1935 - 2015

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Normand R. Gagnon, 79, of Auburn, passed away, Sunday, March 22, 2015, after a long battle with cancer at the Hospice House of Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice, surrounded by his loving family. Norm was born and raised in Lewiston, the son of Romeo and Jeannette Dumais Gagnon an only child. He graduated from St. Doms in 1953 at 17 and joined the Air Force (1953-1957). On August 26, 1961, he married the love of his life, his wife of 53 years Joan Derosier Gagnon. Together they raised their daughter Susan in Auburn. After serving in the Air Force, he worked at National Biscuit Company for 10 years, then worked at Knapp Shoe as their leather inspector (quality control), working a second job as a mutual employee at the Lewiston Race Track and the Fairgrounds. After leaving Knapp Shoe, he went to work for the Auburn School Department as a custodian and school bus driver. He and his wife traveled to many parts of Canada, including Prince Edward Island, but his favorite trips were to the Pocono Mountains with his wife, daughter, and son-in-law, and taking boat rides in Boothbay Harbor. He was in a bowling league at Sparetime Recreation for many years, and also loved to play cribbage and computer games with his cat Buddy laying next to him watching. A big part of his time was spent spoiling his grandchildren when they were growing up. He loved watching Red Sox and Patriots games. He was a member of the American Legion Post #153, loved to go out to eat, going to Foxwood Casino, and LYAF Bingo. He was easy going, and liked by everyone he met. Norm had a great sense of humor and loved to tell jokes that made people laugh. He is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years, his daughter Susan and her husband Kevin Jamison of Turner, his granddaughter Danielle Jamison of Turner, his grandson Jonathan Jamison and his wife Madison of Lovell, MA., faithful dog Ginger, and his cat, Buddy. The family is expecting his first great-grandchild, a girl, in May. He was predeceased by his parents. “God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be, as he put his arms around you and whispered ‘Come with me’. With tear filled eyes we watched as you suffered and faded away, although we loved you deeply we could not will you to stay. A Golden Heart stopped beating, hard working hands at rest, God broke our hearts to show us ‘He only takes the best.’ “ The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to his nurse, Bobbie Hill, and to everyone at Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice who gave such good and tender loving care during last few days of his life. 

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Funeral Notice

GAGNON, Normand, 79, of Auburn, died in Auburn on Sunday, March 22, 2015. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, 7 - 9 PM only. Services will be Friday, 11 AM, Sacred Heart Church. Interment, St. Peter’s Cemetery. Donations may be made in his memory to Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice Services, Hospice House Fund, 15 Strawberry Ave., Lewiston, ME 04240. 

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