GOFFSTOWN - Leo G. Gagnon 71, of Goffstown passed away on Dec. 19, 2012, after a long courageous battle with prostate cancer.
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He was born March 30, 1941, in Manchester, to Raoul and Germaine (Jacques) Gagnon.
He was a graduate of Bishop Bradley High School, class of 1959.
Leo was employed and retired from Velcro USA after 35 years of service.
Mr. Gagnon was active in his parishes of St. Edmond and the Parish of the Transfiguration. He loved to travel and explore nature and new places, which he captured through his photography.
He was a hunter safety instructor for the state of New Hampshire for over 25 years and was a past member of the Goffstown Fish and Game club.
He had a passion for Native American culture and spirituality. In his many travels and explorations of antique shops, he collected many artifacts and memorabilia that he proudly displayed.
Upon retirement he began sharing his passion with others by giving presentations and lectures in various venues in southern New Hampshire and also became a presenter at Granite State College Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
He traveled to Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota on two mission trips to deliver food and clothing to the native community as part of Four Directions Outreach. He also visited several other reservations in other parts of the country.
He was predeceased by two sisters, Marcelle Sauve and Florence Bennett of Manchester, and one brother, Rene Gagnon, also of Manchester. He is survived by his wife and best friend of 49 years, Monique (Provost); his five daughters, Suzanne Hjelm and her husband, David, of Belmont, Madeleine Couture and her husband, Richard, and Joanne Cunningham and her husband, Thomas, both of Manchester, Louise L'Heureux and her husband, Marc, of Allenstown, and Julie Lantiegne and her husband, James, of Ventura, Calif.
He was the proud grandfather of 16 grandchildren: Sarah (Hjelm) Robinson, Benjamin Hjelm; Justin, Rene and Amber-Rose Couture; Patrick, Kimberly, Alyssa, and Matthew L'Heureux; Joshua, Jacob, Jonathan and Jared Lantiegne; Samantha, Thomas Jr. and Kasaundra Cunningham. He also leaves behind nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.
SERVICES: Calling hours will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday at Lambert Funeral Home, 1799 Elm St., Manchester.
A funeral Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Monday at 10 a.m. at the Parish Of the Transfiguration Church corner of Kelley and Alsace Street, Manchester, 03102.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to 4Directions Outreach, Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 03106, c/o Shirley Bear.
To send a message of condolence, or for more information visit www.lambertfuneralhome.com.
Lambert Funeral Home
1799 Elm Street Manchester, NH 03104
Published in Union Leader on Dec. 21, 2012