Charles Arthur Gagnon, 81, passed away peacefully at his home in Florida. He was born on July 30, 1934 in Burlington, VT to Joseph and Mary (Brown) Gagnon. He grew up in Burlington with his eight brothers and sisters. He was raised amongst a strong catholic faith with his brother Father John Gagnon, his brother Bernard Gagnon (a Br. with The Divine Word Missionary) and his sister Phyllis Gagnon was a Catholic Nun. He entered the Catholic Seminary as a young man, however, later chose to attend St. Michael’s College where he received his Bachelor's of Art in history with a minor in Theology. He married his wife Lorraine Yvettte Deforge on June 25, 1960. They had four children; Stephanie, Scott, Michelle and Shannon. He was a great father to his children. His family was his world. Charlie and his wife shared a passion for the Catholic teaching and always made sure to pass it on to each child. Dad loved playing and teaching sports with all of his kids. He made wonderful memories happen on many family vacations and outings. His legacy he left to those closest to him, was to enjoy life, to forgive and not to waste the day with worries or to as he would say “lighten up”. To his children specifically his biggest imprint on them was “his unconditional love”. He worked for many years at GE in production to support his family. He was an accomplished golfer and was on the GE Golf League for many years. In his college years, he was a member on the golf team at St Michael’s and was state amateur champion twice in 1955 and 1956. Over the years he went on many theology retreats and loved reading and writing about it. As a child he was a alter boy, serving daily Mass. As a young man he was an usher at the church, and a lecture at St Ann's in Milton. He loved sports, supporting many local teams. His wife Lorraine predeceased him on November 22, 1990. They shared a wonderful life of 30 years together.
Charlie met his wife Alice in 1990 through a mutual friend. They moved to Tucson Estates Tucson, Az in 1994 where they lived for 22 years. Charlie was involved in his community, The Salvation Army and attended many special events and enjoyed many activities such as cards, dancing and golf. After retirement, you could find him on the golf course every day. He also enjoyed attending daily mass. Alice and Charlie enjoyed traveling and spending time with their family. Charlie moved to Maryland with Alice in August of 2014 due to his illness where they resided with Rod and Carol Devoid, step -daughter and step-son-in-law who became his caregivers. They moved to The Villages in August of 2015 until Charlie peacefully passed away surrounded by his loving family at home.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife Alice, children Stephanie Gagnon, Scott Gagnon and wife Lisa Wesley Gagnon, Michelle Gagnon, Shannon Gagnon and step children, Christine Lavallee, Diane Lavigne and husband Richard Lavigne, Sharon Morin and husband Kevin Morin, Carol Devoid and husband Rod Devoid, Joanne Blaney, and grand children Logan Williams, Grace Gagnon and 10 step grandchildren and 20 step great grandchildren. He is survived by brothers Br. Bernard Gagnon, Paul Gagnon and wife Rose, sister Theresa Bellizzi, many nieces, nephews, extended family and countless friends. Charlie is pre deceased by his step son-in-laws, Michael Bergeron and Albert Lavallee, also his great grand-son, Gabrielle Lavigne. He is predecessor by his brothers Larry Gagnon, Father John Gagnon, James Gagnon and sisters Mary Martell and Phyllis Gagnon.
Visitation will be held Thursday January 28, 2016 from 5:00 to 8:00PM at LaVigne Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 132 Main St, Winooski. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:30AM at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Winooski. Donations in his name can be made to Cornerstone Hospice, c/o The Villages Team, 2445 Lanepark Rd, Tavares, FL 32778. For a complete life story and to leave condolences please go to lavignefuneralhome.com.
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