Francis E. Gagne, Sr. 84, formerly of Heritage Drive in Claremont, NH, died Wednesday (December 13, 2017) at Valley Regional Hospital in Claremont, NH, following a period of failing health.
He was born in Claremont, NH, on December 16, 1932, the son of Ephram and Exelia (Laroche) Gagne and had been a lifetime area resident. On November 15, 1955 he married the former Dorothy Thompson; she predeceased him on November 26, 2015. Francis’s birthday would have been Saturday and he was granted his birthday wish that he be reunited with his beloved wife, Dorothy. Francis was a veteran of the Korean War. He had been employed as a machinist by Joy Manufacturing Co. He had also worked as a mechanic at Paul’s Atlantic, Davis and Simonds and Gloenco. He was a member of American Legion Post #29. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, wood crafting and playing Santa for all the residents of Heritage Drive.
Member of his family include two sons, Francis E. Gagne, Jr., Claremont, NH; Larry Gagne, Georgia; four daughters, Elizabeth Poire, Lempster, NH; Michelle Wright, Claremont, NH; Gwendolyn Gagne, Sacramento, CA; Deborah Badger, Talent, OR; nine grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren. Francis was the youngest of 19 children and was predeceased by 16 brothers and two sisters.
There will be no visiting hours. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am on Monday (Dec. 18) at the Roy Funeral Home, 93 Sullivan Street, Claremont, NH with the Rev. Shawn M. Therrien, officiating.
You are invited to share a memory of Francis with the family or leave a message of condolence in the family guest book at www.royfuneralhome.com.
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