Old Saybrook - Beloved husband, Frederick Gabriel Gagnon of Moodus and Old Saybrook, passed away on Oct. 28, 2012.|
He was born on July 2, 1926, in Old Saybrook, son of the late Fred and Aleen Gagnon, formerly of 45 Sheffield Street.
Fred graduated from Old Saybrook High School in 1944 and served in the U.S. Navy Armed Guard in World War II. He was a 1948 graduate of New London Jr. College (Mitchell College). As a member of the Connecticut National Guard, he served with the AAA 238th Gun Battalion during the Korean conflict.
He leaves his wife, Jean Maus, who he married in 1953.
Fred earned his bachelor of science degree from Eastern Connecticut State University and an M.E. and a 6th year in educational administration from the University of Hartford. He was a teacher and administrator for the Middletown Board of Education for over 30 years. Fred also served as an administrator for Project Learn in Old Saybrook and was the recipient of federal grants for summer study sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Fred was a life member of the National Science Teachers Association.
Over the years, Fred and his wife Jean have enjoyed traveling with their motor home. They have done laundry in 49 states, most of Canada, and a third of Mexico. For 20 years, they wintered in North Naples, Fla. Both Fred and Jean enjoyed tennis, golf, and skiing.
Fred had been active in several community organizations. He is past president of the East Haddam Lions Club and was a member of the American Legion, V.F.W., and was a Fourth Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus. For over 25 years, Fred was a lay reader at St. Bridget's Catholic Church. He was an original member, organizer, and attendant for the East Haddam Ambulance Association.
In addition to his wife Jean, he leaves three daughters, Jo-Ann Johnson and husband, Doug, Mary Jean Gagnon-Odom and husband, Marese, Carol Trapp and husband, Herb; and a son, John; five grandchildren, Kara Smith and companion, Brian Kantor, Jared Smith and wife, Ashley, Brandon and Taylor Pearson, and Nicole Trapp; a great-grandchild, Kinleigh Smith; and several nieces and nephews. In addition, he leaves two sisters, Roselle Paige and husband, Charlie, and Joan Sabin and husband, Sam.
He was predeceased by his sister, Bernice Ulkus.
A Funeral Liturgy will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at St. Bridget of Kildare Church, 75 Moodus Leesville Road. Burial with military honors will be in St. Bridget Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday at the Biega Funeral Home, 3 Silver St., Middletown.
In lieu of flowers and as an act of kindness, a donation in Fred's honor may be made to the East Haddam Lions Club Scholarship Fund, East Haddam Lions Club, PO Box 24, East Haddam, CT 06423.
To share memories or express condolences online, please visit www.biegafuneralhome.com
Published in The Day on Nov. 1, 2012