Roger A. Gagne
May 17, 1927 - August 24, 2020
Service Date: September 4, 2020
A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, September 4, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. St. Therese of Lisieux Parish, Holy Family Church in Sanford. Due to the COVIS - 19 limitation on indoor gatherings, the funeral is by invitation only and social distancing protocols will be followed.
Roger A. J. Gagné, 93, of Springvale, passed away peacefully August 24, 2020, due to natural causes. He was born May 17, 1927 to parents, Amedee and Imelda (Ross) Gagné in Sanford. Roger graduated from St. Ignatius High School, Sanford, in 1946. He joined the Army in 1946 and served two tours of duty in Korea (1947-1948, and 1950-1951). He married Aline St. Cyr in 1948. Roger is survived by his wife, Aline, of nearly 72 years, and his six children and their families consisting of nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. His surviving children are Thomas Gagné and wife, Elaine, of Sanford ME, Paula Wood of Portland, OR, Jane Gagné and husband, Roger Beaulieu, of Yarmouth, ME, Karen Miliano and husband, Joseph, of Cornish, ME, Jill Gagné and husband, John O’Rourke, of Williston, VT, and Sara Gagné-Holmes and husband, William, of Readfield, ME. He was predeceased by his parents and his four siblings and their spouses, Donald and Cecile Gagné, Doris and Leo Camire, of Sanford, and Stella and Harland Roberts, Ruth and Phillip Smith of North Berwick.
Roger was a Sergeant in the army, commanding an M4 Sherman tank. He was the recipient of the Purple Heart, along with other service awards. He loved to talk about tanks and share stories with his grandchildren. After the service, Roger began his career in the grocery business, first working for his father and then taking over Gagné’s Super Market until the store’s closing in 1971. He then worked for his brother at Don’s Electric, before transitioning to work for the Sanford Housing Authority until his retirement in July 1990. He loved camping with family and spent many years at Walnut Grove Campground where he was known for giving the evening tractor/hayride. He continued camping long after his children moved out on their own. He also enjoyed being a handyman for friends and relatives. There was not a project he would not tackle. Later in life he became an avid gardener and took pride in his lawn and gardens.
Roger was a member of the Knights of Columbus 4th Degree for fifty-eight years and was an active member in the Catholic Church. He was involved in scouting both as a youth and later as a volunteer. In his later years he became an enthusiastic New England Patriots fan.
A funeral mass will be held on Friday, September 4, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parish, Holy Family Church, Sanford, ME. The interment will be immediately following at St. Ignatius Cemetery. Due to the COVID-19 limitation on indoor gatherings, the funeral is by invitation only and social distancing protocols will be followed.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, 11 Hunnewell Road, Scarborough, ME 04074. www.hospiceofsouthernmaine.org.
The Autumn Green Funeral Home is respectfully handling arrangements.