Reginald ‘Babe’ Gagnon (1933-2018)

MADAWASKA, Maine — Reginald ‘Babe’ Gagnon, 84, passed away on Friday, March 2, 2018, at a Fort Kent hospital. He was born on April 29, 1933, in Madawaska, a son of the late Hampy and Annette (Michaud) Gagnon.

Babe enlisted with the US Navy during the Korean War, serving overseas on the Midway aircraft carrier, and was a long-time member of the American Legion. Upon his return to Madawaska, he worked at the Fraser Paper Mill for over 39 years. He was an avid traveler, enjoyed many visits to Florida, and especially loved to take bus tours. When he wasn’t visiting his family, friends, and his favorite granddaughter, Babe liked to feed the ducks, squirrels, and other wildlife.

He is survived by one son, Andy Gagnon and his wife, Kathy, of E. Hampstead, NH; one granddaughter, whom he adored, Jessica; four brothers, James Gagnon of Madawaska, Jean “John” Gagnon of Nashua, NH, Bob Gagnon and his wife, Diane, of Easton, and Dan Gagnon and his wife, Michele, of Belfast; his companion, Joan Sirois, of Madawaska; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, Babe was predeceased by his wife, Gilla (Nadeau) Gagnon in 2000, and three brothers, Clifford, Gerald, and Reynold Gagnon.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Madawaska, followed by military honors. Relatives and friends may greet the family on Saturday morning from 9-9:45 a.m. at Lajoie Funeral Home, 114-10 Ave., Madawaska. Burial will be private in Northern Maine Veterans Cemetery, Caribou. To share condolences online, please visit

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