Victor Gagnon
1938 - 2021
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The earthly journey of Attorney Victor N. Gagnon, 82, ended on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 when God called him home after a lifetime of cardiac struggles. Born in Holyoke on November 29, 1938 to Victor N. and Lillian (Beauregard) Gagnon, he married Frances (Rozkuszka) Gagnon in 1963. Victor graduated from the University of Massachusetts with Honors in 1960 and received his first Law Degree from the New England School of Law in Boston in 1965, where he soon headed the Law Library and served on the Faculty from 1965 to 1968. A recipient of a Ford Foundation Fellowship in 1966, Victor received a Master of Laws Degree in a special program for Law Professors at New York University Law School. Admitted to the Massachusetts Bar Association in 1965, Victor argued on behalf of State Representative David Vigneault before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court a key case resulting in overdue reapportionment of Massachusetts as mandated constitutionally in the “one man, one vote” rule. Moving home to Springfield in 1968, Victor joined the Massachusetts Defenders Committee Public Counsel where he worked until his retirement in 2005 as a Senior Trial Attorney having tried thousands of major criminal cases from murder to robbery. Victor also taught many Law Courses at Western New England School of Law, Holyoke Community College and Springfield Technical Community College which all offered programs designed for police officers. He was active in many civic, cultural and social justice organizations including the McKnight Neighborhood Council where he owned an historic 1888 home since 1968. In 1971, Massachusetts Governor Francis Sargent appointed Victor to a special committee which prevented the diversion of water from the Connecticut River for use in Boston. In 2014, the Saint Thomas More Society of the Diocese of Springfield presented him with an annual award for legal work. Along with his wife, Victor was a communicant of the Cathedral of Saint Michael the Archangel in Springfield where Victor once served on the Parish Council and numerous committees. He was also a corporator and member of the Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle for over 40 years. He leaves his wife of 57 years, Frances; and his two sons, Greg of Nagoya, Japan and Mark of Long Beach, CA. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, his funeral arrangements are private. A memorial service for Victor will be held a later date. There are no visiting hours. His funeral arrangements are entrusted to the St. Pierre-Phaneuf Springfield Chapels, (413-737-1177), 7 Chapin Terrace, Springfield, MA 01107. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Victor’s memory to the Cathedral of Saint Michael the Archangel, 260 State Street, Springfield, MA 01103 or the Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA 01103. For more details and to leave his family online condolences, please visit: www.stpierrephaneuf.com


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Published in The Republican from Jan. 22 to Jan. 24, 2021.
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February 5, 2021
Victor cross-examined me 1000 times in my career. Always a professional and always a handshake after. A class act and had a great sense of humor. He was always kind and gave me great advice many times. Rest In Peace Victor.
John Delaney
Acquaintance
February 1, 2021
Many Blessings and heartfelt prayers to the family of a most honorable man who was always the consummate gentleman and competent lawyer. It was a pleasure to have known you and having talked with you many times at Hampden Superior Court.
Ronald and Deborah Gibbons
Coworker
February 1, 2021
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Daphne Moore
Coworker
February 1, 2021
Had the pleasure of working on cases with Victor when I was a young ADA. He always represented his client's with great skill, compassion, and intensity. My condolences.
Mike Chieco
Acquaintance
January 30, 2021
Fran, I'm so sorry for your loss. Victor and you, too, worked diligently for the good of the residents of Springfield and for the city itself. To Greg and Mark, I send my condolences. Victor will be sorely missed by many.
Susannah Landis
Friend
January 25, 2021
I was saddened to learn of Victor's death. I first met him when I started working in the Springfield CPCS office in 1986 and I'll always be grateful for Victor's unstinting assistance and support during the years we worked together. He fought fiercely for his clients, whom he unfailingly treated with dignity and respect. His jokes and stories of life in the courts of Hampden County helped lift the spirits of his coworkers and endeared him to us. He loved his family, his community and his job. He will be missed.
Andrew Klyman
Coworker
January 23, 2021
Frances
So sorry for your loss.
Russ Omer
Russ Omer
Acquaintance
January 23, 2021
A well liked, hardworking and much respected presence in the courthouse for decades. Please accept my deepest sympathy.
Mike Jennings
Acquaintance
January 23, 2021
As a law student and then young lawyer, I worked with Victor in my introduction to criminal defense. Behind his calm and often light-hearted demeanor was a lawyer completely dedicated to his work. He will be missed.
Joe Pessolano
Friend
January 22, 2021
My condolences to the Gagnon family. I knew Victor from South Hadley High School and although Victor was a year behind me he was one of the most remarkable men I knew. Always gracious, willing to help and was just a super person to know. May God rest his soul.
Patrick Beauregard
Classmate
January 22, 2021
Please accept our sincere condolences. Mr. Gagnon was an honorable gentleman and a pleasure to work with.
Respectfully,
Steve Marangoudakis
Steve Marangoudakis
Acquaintance
January 22, 2021
Fran,

Vic was a good and trusted friend for many years. As you know, I met Vic through you and found him to be outgoing and caring about anyone he met. Once you met him, you would not forgot him! You could always count on him for many things and he was straight forward with his comments...very good and helpful! He will be missed by so many people! Fran, please accept my sincere condolences.

Greg Swanson
Gregory K. Swanson
Friend
January 22, 2021
An honorable gentleman. Condolences.
Joe Calcasola
joseph calcasola
Acquaintance
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