BRUNSWICK — Anthony “Tony” F. Gagne, 88, died on Aug. 6. He was born in Brunswick on Sept. 4, 1923, the son of Arthur J. Sr and Marianne (Thibeault) Gagne. He grew up in Brunswick, graduated from Saint John’s Catholic School in 1939 and attended Brunswick High School.
In 1943, he joined the U.S. Navy and served for four years. As a crew member aboard the heavy cruiser USS Quincy CA 79, Gagne was present at the invasion of Normandy and at the surrender of Japan in Tokyo Bay.
Upon returning home, he married Angela Mary Burgio on April 7, 1947. The couple resided in Brunswick to raise their family. Gagne worked at a variety of jobs throughout his life, including positions with Theberge Bros., Factory Outlet, Lisbon Trading Post, Totten, Merrill Carpet and Shaw’s. He also worked as a custodian at Brunswick High School, as a driver for Brunswick Housing and as a self-employed linoleum mechanic.
He was predeceased by his loving wife, Angela, in 2004, as well as by a daughter, Nancy; a granddaughter, Jessica; a grandson, Ryan; and seven siblings.
He leaves behind a daughter, Suzanne Cameron, and her husband, Robert, of Brunswick; a son, Richard Gagne, and his wife, Joni, of Sunnyvale, Calif.; grandchildren Michelle Wagner, of New Hampshire, Amy Wagner, of Pennsylvania, and Darcy Gagne, of Vermont; grandson Christopher Cameron and his wife, Sarah, of South Portland; grandson Anthony Cameron and his wife, Elizabeth, of Lamoine; two great-grandchildren, Alexander Cameron and Elliott Cameron; a brother, the Rev. Donald Gagne of Lewiston; two sisters, Ginnette Beauchesne, of Auburn, and Bernadette Dugal, of Brunswick; and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral was held on Aug. 9 at All Saints Parish-St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Brunswick. A reception followed at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Brunswick.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations in Gagne’s name. Please send them to St. John’s Catholic School, Pleasant Street, Brunswick, ME 04011 or CHANS Hospice, Baribeau Drive, Brunswick, ME 04011.
To share your thoughts and condolences with the family, please visit www.desmondfuneralhomes.com.
Anthony F. Gagne