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Philip Leo Gagnon Sr. 1936 - 2013
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August 28, 2014
I met Phil back in 1980, when he was the ad exec for Baron Buick. I tried to sell him advertising for my high school newspaper, we were friends from that moment on! Now, it's been about a year ago that Maria called me to tell me of Phil's passing. I'm still missing him to this very day.
July 18, 2014
It is hard to believe that it is over a year since Phil has been gone. I miss him daily, and know that it is tough on all who knew him and shared his cosmos. Maria, Karla and I love you dearly, and we both thank God for having had the good fortune of visiting with you in June of 2013. I miss my "big brother", and always want you to know that Karla and I are here for you. Once again, God bless you for making Phil whole (his words...not mine). While I miss him, it is good to know that you and his children are still here to carry on his memories. Always and ever...Kappy
February 04, 2014
He loved his kids very much!!!
February 03, 2014
I liked Phil before he married my sister, and well before they brought two amazing people into our world. Phil was always kind, courteous, and I dare to say "cool". He lived a good life in my mind, and many loved him for it. It is sad to realize he left us in a heartbeat, but he did not suffer. God rest his soul and allow him to continue.
December 21, 2013
I knew Phil for such a short time compared to his life span, but he had a deep impact on my life. Every time I read a play on words or hear something that jives with my political thinking (which was right in line with Phil's) I miss him an extra amount. We were mostly e-mail buddies and when I'd pass on his witticisms, people would wonder where I had gotten such funny/witty emails. I was always proud to tell them about my buddy, Phil. He was so looking forward to his visit with his brothers as it had been years. I guess he'll have to reunite with them in heaven. He was so proud of his kids and his grandkids.I'm so thankful for my association with Phil. He was a superb human being. I miss him so much. Rest in peace, Phil. Love, Shelly King
December 19, 2013
Our sympathy goes out to Philip and his family. Although I have never met you in person, my dad Rene Levasseur of Van Buren, Maine has spoken very highly of you and your family. He did show me many pictures of you and your brothers and my parents always loved to have you come and visit them. Phil, you will always be in our hearts and remembered. R.I.P. God Bless!!
December 18, 2013
Phil, my cousin, was a figure bigger than life, an imposing presence. My mother's, younger brother's, 1st born, represented that powerful male presence on the Gagnon side of my family. In fact, in the 1920's, Louie Gagnon, a cousin, was officially declared the "strongest man in the world" according to U.S. officials. And just like our distant relative, there was an aura of warmth and tenderness around him. Hugging him was like being wrapped in the arms of a huge teddy bear. We visited one another on occasion when I lived in Los Angeles for many,many years and I'm glad he came to visit us last Xmas while we were visiting in LA. After I retired to Asheville NC, Phil and I stayed in touch consistently via email. I miss our political feuds that inevitably ended with the words "I still luv you cuz". Of all his wonderful family, I only got to meet Maria but her presence said it all: sweet, charming, and thoughtful, qualities Phil attracted to him because he was that kind of man.
RIP cuz.
December 17, 2013
EULOGY FOR MY BRO, PHIL GAGNON

After Phil's death, our brother, Tim, conveyed a wise thought given to him by our Sister-in-law, Maria. "Regarding Phil, we are beyond the 'What if's'. We should all get on with now and the future."
This thought is uncomplicated, precise and the truth.
All of us who knew Phil were injected with his energy, enthusiasm, endearment and enchantment.
Through the "miracle" (for our generation) of Skype, we were able to sit down and talk. He was friend and confidant. We kept current on family activities on the other's coast as much as possible.
We shared similar life experiences and saw most things with similar eye, though, he leaned more to the right in many instances.
"My pictures are right here." he would say, pointing to his head. He cherished memories. Sadly, we Three Gagnon Bro's did not get what we knew may be our last time together.
Phil saw the passage of time constructed of events that were closed but not terminated. His entreating :Let's put a bookmark here" proffered cheerful anticipation of the next exchange. It, as we know, was accompanied by his eye-glint intensity and his patented winsome grin with its mustached "accent" above the upper lip.
Our former generation, for the most part, travelled very little distance from home. That kept the ties tightly secure.
Time, distance and money have caused much separation of our Gagnon family in this generation. "What if's..." abound.
Though apart in many ways, we Gagnons can do our best to make this world a little bit better and know that there are others with the same blood in their veins that care, even from afar.
We "olders" can only hope that someday you "youngers" will know that we did the best we could.
Indeed, one of Phil's pearls was insisting that we not take anyone for granted. Hard to do but he called to task.
Phil was fascinated with the thought of what would come after this life. He anticipated being with Mom and Dad. God is a Friend.
In a hotel in Manchester, New Hampshire on 9 July 2013, I anxiously awaited his arrival from San Diego. He was to land at 12:10 on the 10th. It had been six years since he, Tim and I had been together.
I received four phone calls: 1- There was a flight delay. 2- The flight had been diverted to Buffalo, NY. Phil had chest pains. 3- Phil called me from the ambulance. He still had chest pains - was concerned but not frightened. I asked him to call after he got settled in. He said he would and that he was calling Maria. 4- Maria told me that my brother was dead.
I shared the news with Tim around 3 A.M.
Couldn't sleep. Turned on the television.
The first words I heard from that apparatus were "I'll see you on the other side."
It was a commercial for a horror movie coming to theaters. Ironic, given Phil's life's work. For me, Peace-giving.
That brought the last chapter in this life for me, with him, to a close.

Bro, Phil,
I am proud that you, Tim and I are the heritage of Cecilia Cora (Beaulieu) Gagnon and of Leo Philip Gagnon.
Those of us on the East Coast have been blessed with the delights of your visits that flatulated us with your puns.
Nieces and nephews: Erine, Christopher, Allison, Anna, Sara and Gabriel
Wives: Tim/Mary Conrad/Eileen and Susan
Grandniece: Abigail
We, fortunately, have all shared your intense physical and heart-filling HUGS.
Bro, we've other episodes to share. Skype allowed us to leave nothing unsaid.
Je t'aime, mon frère.
Tu me manques.........Conrad

Chip and Donya, Missy and Kevin, Dan, Jourdan and Lauren and Remy, Jedidiah and Jakob, from afar we spiritually join hands and hurt with you.
Maria, I am comforted that your life was aligned with his.
Our sage brother, Tim, sums it beautifully: "Phil was 3000 miles away.
Now he's 3500 miles."

Joseph "Conrad" Gagnon - Millbrook, NY
Conradpax@optimum.net
December 12, 2013
To call Phil a friend would be an understatement. We called each other "Brother" for over 40 years, and proudly tried to always be there for one another. Phil and Maria set the standard. My wonderful wife of 40 years, Karla, and I truly loved Phil, and still love Maria with every ounce of our energy. I miss my "big brother" every day since his departure, but know that we will share more in the future. God bless you, Maria, for taking such good care of Phil, and for making him an even better man by your presence. I keep expecting to get an email from him, and...just in case...I keep his name in my file. Would not want to miss that!! I love you, Phil, and thank God for having had so much time to share your countenance. God bless all of his family...and always honor "Friendly Phil".
December 10, 2013
Today I was going through a old file and found Phil's business card from 1975. He was a very inspiring man and I am glad to say I was acquainted with him. I am saddened by his passing. God bless his family.
December 08, 2013
I would like to offer my condolences to Philip's family. I was a class mate of Maria and I never had the opportunity to meet Phillip. After reading the entries in this guest book I wish that I had met him. I can think of no greater tribute than to be remembered so fondly by so many.
December 08, 2013
Hi Maria,
I'm so sorry for your loss. I didn't know Phil, but from what I've read here, he sounds as though he was a wonderful man, husband, father, and grandfather. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Mike Darby
December 07, 2013
I always thought of Phil as a "lucky guy" to have Maria.
I knew it was more than just luck.
I gradually learned some of the ways Maria was lucky.
Lately, I've gained an even better understanding.
Good job Phil.
I'll try to do what you asked.
-Hack
December 05, 2013
If I'm not mistaken, I worked with Mr. Gagnon in 1986 when he volunteered to emcee the San Diego Humane Society's "Pets are Wonderful" contest. It was a small promotional event, but a big deal to me since I was 22, fresh out of college and it was my first professional project at the organization. It's easy to remember him because he was so nice to me and was a fantastic emcee. I coordinated many, many more events and projects throughout the next two decades, but never forgot how Mr. Gagnon treated me -- a "young pup," if you will -- so kindly and professionally. My condolences go to his family and friends.
December 04, 2013
So sorry to hear about Phil. We worked together at XETV when he was our Programming Director. He came back for our 60th Anniversary celebration this past April and was the same wonderful gentleman I remembered with the great big bear hugs. My sincere condolences.
December 04, 2013
What a dear friend and neighbor Phil was . . . He will be forever in my heart. Everyone loved Phil - he was just that type of guy.

Rhonda Gibson - in the cul-de-car
December 01, 2013
Dear Maria,
My sincere condolences to you and your family. It has been many years since we last saw each other, but you and Phil have always remained in my mind and heart. The picture in this guest book is the way I remember him when you came to my and Fred's wedding, and also when we went to yours at the Prado. I wish you and your loved ones love and comfort in this time of sorrow.
December 01, 2013
When Phil started TGIF in 1977 I had just joined Ch 10 as an account executive and am privileged to have worked with him for many years during my 34 year career at the station. His talent was exceptional, his heart was enormous and his smile was exhilarating. When he walked into the sales department he only needed to say one booming word and everyone would light up because we knew Phil was there. He did indeed light up a room. I recall he always talked so warmly of Maria and his children...he was a great man.
December 01, 2013
I love this picture of my dad, for so many reasons. He could lift both boys easily. He could lift my big brother and me, even as adults! He was so strong! He had physical strength, for which he was thankful so he could provide that for Maria. He had strength of character and strength of will. He was a strong personality and had a presence that filled the room.

I also love this picture because he's wearing his favorite yellow pullover!
December 01, 2013
My boys are blessed to have had an incredible Poppy. He poured into their lives, gave them a love for language and turn-of-phrase and created an environment of security and love. They always looked forward to seeing Poppy and Grammy! Dad knew boys, being the oldest of three, and his grandsons knew how much he loved them. They, in turn, gave him such delight. One of my favorite memories was seeing tears of joy spring from his eyes as my son had spontaneously gotten off the couch to come over and hug him. "This is so good," he kept saying, his heart so full.
December 01, 2013
This space is not big enough to tell all the wonderful things about my dad. If you're here, you must have known at least something of his amazing spirit. I am so blessed to be his daughter. I miss the timber of his voice and how he ALWAYS knew how to make me feel like everything was going to be all right. I miss his crushing hugs and am proud to carry on that tradition. :-)
November 30, 2013
What's left to say but...what a guy. I am blessed for knowing Phil. Love, thoughts and prayers to Maria, Dan, Chip and Missy and all the Gagnon family.
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