Paul J. Gagnon
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SHAPLEIGH, Maine - Paul J. Gagnon, 60, of Shapleigh, a man who loved his family and enjoyed the many wonders of the great outdoors, died at his home following a courageous battle with cancer on August 20, 2013.
Paul was a Christmas Blessing as he was born on December 25, 1952 in Rochester, the son of Adelard J. and Lucille B. (Dubois) Gagnon and was raised in Rollinsford. From an early age, Paul showed great interest in the outdoors and animals. While attending high school, Paul belonged to the Future Farmers of America, receiving many medals and awards; including winning 1st place in the Poultry Farming Contest in 1969. He had raised and took care of 50,000 chickens Paul's care and dedication to his animals outshined his competitor.
Paul graduated from Dover High School and soon enlisted in the United States Navy. Upon his return from the Navy, Paul worked as a woodsman and chopper.
Paul married Deborah Aiken on July 17, 1981. As they became parents and closer in their relationship, Deb took classes at St. Mary's Church in Rollinsford where she and Paul renewed their vows and raised their children in the Catholic faith. Together, they made a great team. Paul bought a saw mill and made benches, picnic tables and thought provoking signs! They operated Sarah's Magical Flowers for five years; selling perennials, annuals and herbs. Paul will be remembered and revered for his fly tying abilities and owning the Fly Box; where he sold live bait and offered his talents as a Maine Guide. For over 16 years, Paul ran the Fly Box and during this time he took charge in running different fishing derbies at many of our local lakes. To help the Boy Scouts with their efforts to beautify the Shapleigh Commons, he ran a fishing derby with the proceeds going directly to the Boy Scouts. He also ran the Fisherman's Basket Derby where he was named; "Fish Goddess" and his shadow boxes with hand tied flies were given out to the friends and volunteers of the fishing derbies. Paul had a special relationship with his son Nicholas and helped Nick in receiving his 20 patches toward his Arrow of Light Award in Boy Scouts. They worked side by side on many of the projects.
Paul will be missed by his family and his many customers that have become friends throughout the years. May you cast your line upon the water at your favorite fishing spot Paul!
He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Deborah Gagnon of Shapleigh; his three sons, Alexander Gagnon Aiken of Jacksonville, Fla.; Shad Gagnon and his companion Samantha of Portland; and Nicholas Gagnon of Shapleigh; his granddaughter, Isabella Gagnon who called him "Pep". He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Family and friends are invited to call on Monday, Aug. 26th from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Autumn Green Funeral Home, 47 Oak Street in Alfred. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at St. Therese of Lisieux Parish, Holy Family Church, 66 No. Ave. in Sanford. Committal prayers and burial with military honors will be held at the Southern Maine Veteran's Cemetery, 83 Stanley Rd., in Springvale.
To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.autumngreenfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Boy Scout Troop 320, C/O David Wade, 600 Shapleigh Corner Rd., Shapleigh, Maine 04076.
The Autumn Green Funeral Home is respectfully handling arrangements.
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Autumn Green Funeral Home
47 Oak Street Alfred, ME 04002
Published in Fosters from Aug. 23 to Aug. 26, 2013