Normand Wilfred Gagnon of Port Orange, Florida, formerly of Pawtucket, RI. passed peacefully at his home on January 1st, 2021 at the age of 96.
He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Jacqueline (Jackie) Gagnon; Loving father to daughter Louise Gagnon of Port Orange, FL.; son Richard Gagnon and his wife Laura of St. Johnsbury, VT.; daughter Suzanne Gagnon and partner Eric Eversley of Gleneden Beach, OR; and son Paul Gagnon and his wife Donna of Sandwich, MA; Poppa to grandchildren Kelly Houston (Chris), Michael Gagnon, Patrick Gagnon (Kim), Kala Ihas (Ben), Evan Cyganiewicz, and Amanda, Michelle, Olivia, Lucas and Owen Gagnon; great grandfather to Hailey and Will Houston, Madeline and Jacob Ihas, and Logan Jordan.
Mr. Gagnon was raised in Pawtucket, RI where he lived until moving to Florida in 1984. A graduate of Sacred Heart Academy in Central Falls, RI, he joined the Navy in 1942. He served aboard the USS Livermore (DD-429), a destroyer involved in convoy duty during the battle of the Atlantic in WWII, invasion of Anzio and the North African invasion followed by a short period of battle in the Pacific after the end of the war in Europe.
After WWII, Mr. Gagnon, affectionately referred to as ‘Stormin’ Normin’”, returned to Pawtucket and worked for Mother’s Box Lunch, a catering service, owned Benefit Paint and Hardware and eventually began a 25 year career in sales for Ward Baking Company of Providence. In 1981, he retired and worked for the City of Pawtucket, initially at the Slater Park Memorial Zoo, then at McCoy Stadium on loan to the Pawsox, and finally as a carpenter in the City of Pawtucket.
In 1994, the Gagnons retired to Port Orange, FL. Many friends were made through his membership at the VFW Post in Port Orange as he spent many hours volunteering as handyman for the Post. They enjoyed many trips with their Florida friends, as well as many trips to New England and Colorado to visit with family and friends.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.baldwincremation.com