Beloved husband, Frederick Gabriel Gagnon, of Moodus and Old Saybrook, passed away on Oct. 28, 2012.
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He was born on July 2, 1926, in Old Saybrook, son of the late Fred and Aleen Gagnon, formally of 45 Sheffield St.
Fred graduated from Old Saybrook High School in 1944 and served in the U.S. Navy Armed Guard in World War II. He is a 1948 graduate of New London Jr. College (Mitchell). 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 whom he married in 1953.
Fred earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Connecticut State University, also an master's in education and a 6th year degree 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, 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 has 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 is 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 one son, John; five grandchildren: Kara Smith and companion, Brian Kantor, Jared Smith and wife, Ashley, Brandon and Taylor Pearson and Nicole Trapp, one 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 Saturday, Nov. 3 at 10 a.m. at Saint Bridget of Kildare Church, 75 Moodus Leesville Road. Burial with military honors will be in Saint Bridget Cemetery. Friends may call at the Biega Funeral Home Friday from 5 to 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, 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, P.O. Box 24, East Haddam, CT 06423. To share memories or express condolences online please visit www.biegafuneralhome.com
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Published in The Middletown Press on Nov. 1, 2012