Joseph L. Gagnon

Born: Tue., Nov. 24, 1931
Died: Wed., Dec. 26, 2018


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Dec. 28, 2018
Location: Tancrell-Jackman Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Dec. 29, 2018
Location: Tancrell-Jackman Funeral Home

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Uxbridge- Joseph L. “Joe” Gagnon, 87, of Cedar St. Uxbridge, a longtime Waltham resident died Wed Dec 26, 2018 at Milford Hospital after an illness.
    He is survived by his wife of 67 years Joan E. (Pineau) Gagnon; 12 children Deborah LeBlanc of Dubios, PA, Gary Gagnon and his wife Loan of Bellingham, Joseph R. “Jody” Gagnon and his wife Maria of Peabody, Mark Gagnon of Waltham, David Gagnon and his wife Suzanne of Douglas, Denise Brosnahan and her husband Pat of Uxbridge, Mary Ann Scott and her husband Kevin of Dennis, MA, John Gagnon and his wife Celia of Holliston, William Gagnon and his partner Thomas of Auburn, Mechelle Linehan and her husband Steve of Uxbridge, Matthew Gagnon and Timmy Gagnon both of Woonsocket; 28 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; 7 great-great-grandchildren; a sister Annette Fenton of Newton; a brother Robert Gagnon of Marshfield; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a granddaughter Emilee Dawn Gagnon, daughter in law Ann Marie Gagnon son in law Henry LeBlanc and was brother of the late Nathalie Catino and Jean Catino. Born at home in Newton, MA on Nov 24, 1931, he was the son of Leo and Blanche (Frechette) Gagnon and lived in Uxbridge 13 years, previously living in Waltham.
    Mr. Gagnon was an entrepreneur. For 45 years he owned and operated Gagnon News Service, a newspaper distributorship. He started Joe Gagnon & Sons Construction and later opened JJ’s Sub Shop all in Waltham. He later worked 30 years for the Federal Emergency Management Agency with his wife. Together they supervised many US disasters for FEMA, including 9/11. He retired in 2011 when he was 80 years old.
    In Waltham Joe, was a member and past president of the Kwanis Club, the Knights of Columbus where he was past Grand Knight, and The Moose Lodge. He also served on the Boards of the Salvation Army and the Waltham Board of Public Health. He was also involved with the Boy’s Club and every year he would play Santa in the Waltham Parade.
    A hard worker, Joe loved his FEMA job. Over the years he enjoyed playing music with his family band, spending summers in Scituate, and wintering in Hollywood, FL with his wife. He will be remembered as an accomplished, loving man and will be deeply missed.
    His Funeral Service will be held Sat. Dec. 29 at 11 am in Tancrell Jackman Funeral Home, 35 Snowling Rd. Uxbridge. Calling hours at the funeral home are Fri. Dec. 28 from 4 to 8 pm. Memorial donations may be made to the Emilee Dawn Gagnon Memorial Scholarship,Westfield State Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 1630, Westfield, MA 01086-1630. To leave a condolence message for the family please visit

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Kathy Cormier
   Posted Wed December 26, 2018
My love to you, Aunt Joan, and all of you kids. So sad to say goodbye to Uncle Joe. God broke the mold when He created him. Prayers for comfort at this time. We are all with you even though we are physically in Tennessee. Love you.

   Posted Wed December 26, 2018
Denise and Pat,
Bernie and I are very sorry to hear about your Dad. He sounds like he was quite a man. Please know you are in our hearts and prayers.
Deb & Bernie.

Jim shover
   Posted Wed December 26, 2018
My thoughts and prayers are with you all joe was an amazing man he was always so kind and good natured, he always made me feel welcomed when I used to come stay with Billy on mokena ave and st the condo in Florida. May peace and comfort be with you all while you look to the heavens and know that there is another special angle watching over all of you.

Jackie & Steve Napolitano
   Posted Wed December 26, 2018
Dear John, Celia and the Gagnon Family,
We are so saddened to learn of your dear fathers passing. What a legacy in this world he has created to carry on where he has left off. He will live on in your hearts and in your memories.

With love, prayers and sympathy,
Jackie & Steve

Tom Cusson & Michelle Delemarre
   Posted Thu December 27, 2018
Billy and family,

We were saddened to hear of your dad's passing. It is never easy to lose a parent no matter what age. Sounds like he had quite the life though and lots of memories for you all to share and remember him by...You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Wayne Brasco
   Posted Fri December 28, 2018
Joan & Family,

I am sorry that I will not see you, I am leaving for Florida. Joe Gagnon was one of the finest, kindest gentlemen I have ever met. I served many years on the Waltham Board of Health with Joe, and shared many a good time with him. Please accept my deepest personal sympathy and genuine solace at this time.

Wayne F. Brasco

Susan (Cormier) Hill
   Posted Sat December 29, 2018
My heart is sad that you all had to say goodbye to such a sweet husband and father. I have always had a special place in my heart for Uncle Joe, Aunt Joan, and all of you siblings. Though the years pass by, they never have erased all the fun times we've shared. I also remember long visits with your parents at my parents' house, especially in between FEMA assignments. Uncle Joe always had a smile and a quick sense of humor humor. May God bless you, Aunt Joan and all of you, my cousins. My love and prayers for each one.

Eileen, Richard, Ronald, Debbie Cincotta/Donna Scanlon
   Posted Sun December 30, 2018
To Joan and Families,

With our Deepest Sympathy in the passing of Joe. We just heard about his passing. Sorry we were not there to give you our condolence in person. A lot of many many memories living on River Street and the Newspaper company in the basement of our home. Joe was a great guy and I am sure he is selling newspapers in heaven with his big smile.

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