Romeo J. Gagnon

Romeo J. Gagnon, 91, of Somers, beloved husband of Leona (Hebert) Gagnon, entered peacefully into eternal rest on Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, surrounded by his loving family.

A lifelong resident of Somers, where he was born on April 8, 1921, he was the son of Alfred and Diana (Surprenant) Gagnon. Romeo was a proud World War II veteran of the Merchant Marines. He was formerly employed by Hamilton Standard and Pratt & Whitney. A faithful communicant of All Saints Church, Romeo served as sexton, was coordinator of the food pantry, and was also a longtime member of the All Saints Holy Name Society. He loved his Thursday morning "Romeo Breakfast Club."

Romeo was deeply loved and will always be missed by his wife, Leona; his children, Cheryl Emrick, and her husband, Ronald, of Enfield, Clifford Gagnon, and his wife, Rosemary, of Somers, Donald Gagnon, and his wife, Tracy, of South Carolina, David Gagnon, and his wife, Susan, of Enfield, and Loretta Gagnon of Somers; his stepchildren, Lori Connors, Dave Guyette, and his wife, Cathie, and Randy Guyette, all of Somers, and Lin Ashton, and her husband, Mark, and Rita Guyette, all of Florida; nine grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and six step-great-grandchildren, all of whom he cherished. He is also survived by his brother, Adelard Gagnon, and his wife, Aileen; and his sisters, Catherine Butkus and Lorraine Falbo, all of Somers. He was predeceased by his first wife, Constance; his son, Ronald; and eight brothers and sisters.

Family and friends may gather at Somers Funeral Home, 354 Main St., Somers, at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, for a procession to All Saints Church, 25 School St., Somersville, where a Mass of Christian Burial in celebration of Romeo's life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow in St. Bernard's Cemetery in Enfield.

His family will receive relatives and friends during calling hours on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial donations to honor Romeo may be made to the .

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Published in Journal Inquirer from Jan. 30 to Feb. 3, 2013