Andy Gagne

1932 - 1993

Andy and Mary Rose

35th Reunion: September, 1992

 

Obituary from a Local Newspaper

It is with great sadness that the Gagne family announce the death of Andre on Wednesday, March 31st, 1993, at the age of 61 years, following a courageous battle with cancer. Beloved husband and dear companion of Mary Rose (nee Robert). Predeceased by his parents, Berthe Lemieux and Lucien Gagne, and one brother. He is survived by his four sons, Andre (Debra), Marc (Maggie), Michel (Fiona) and Denis who loved him dearly. He was Grandpapa to Christian, Nicholas and Madeleine, who gave him great happiness. He will be fondly remembered by his many sisters and brothers and their families, and by many friends. Also surviving is his mother-in-law, Mary Robert. He was a graduate of the Royal Military College (1957) and pursued a career in the RCAF as a navigator. He also worked for the "B and B Commission", Revenue Canada and Transport Canada. At Andre's  request, there will be no visitation. Family and friends are invited to a Mass at Divine Infant Parish, 6658 Bilberry Drive, Orleans, on Wednesday, April 14th at 12 noon. Interment will be private. Sincere thanks to Dr. Souchen, Dr. Haq, Dr. Aref, Dr. Tadros, and the caring staff at the Riverside Hospital and the Civic Hospital Cancer Clinic, Home Care Program, Victorian Order of Nurses, Christine Bordin and the Community Nursing Registry of Ottawa.

 

Notes from Mary Rose: 24 Aug 04

After RMC, Andy went to UBC for his degree in Civil Engineering. We were married in Vancouver on 26 Dec 57. Jo and Johnny Wigmore were our attendants and Ray Jefferies took some photos (bless him).

All four sons are married to four wonderful daughters-in-law and each couple has two children.

On the day of the memorial mass I was amazed and humbled to see 26 RMC ex-cadets there (one from '56 and one from '58). Al Roberts delivered the main eulogy and classmates from Toronto, Kingston, etc., attended, some with their wives.

Andy was on staff at RMC from 1962 - 67, some of the happiest years for me because he was at home for suppers! Andy's flying career took him to Africa, South America, Japan, Australia, all over, and he loved navigating. It was second only to his love of family. I was (we were) blessed to be married for 35 years.

Don Gregory was probably his closest friend at RMC, along with Al.R., Clarke M. and Johnny Wigmore. I will never forget Lawlor R. for his many phone calls to Andy, letters and books to help us.

 

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