May 13, 2022
Francis J. Gagnon Jr passed away today at the age of 91 years old in Douglas MA. He was born in Easthampton MA on February 29th, 1931 and resided in Easthampton until April 2021. Francis is predeceased by his wife Elizabeth and his son in law Michael Linnell. He is survived by his children Brenda Linnell of Westhampton MA, Steven and Lisa Gagnon of Los Angeles, CA, William and Cesar Melo-Gagnon of Douglas MA and James and Lorna Gagnon of Easthampton MA. Francis has 7 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren and survived by his sister Marsha Borucki of Alabama and his brother Paul Gagnon of Clearwater Florida. Francis better known as “Frank” served in the United States Marine Corps as a Gunnery Sargent and fought two tours in the Korean War as well as serving as a Drill Instructor in Paris Island, SC. He loved the Marine Corp and was a member of the Easthampton American Legion. Frank worked for the United States Postal Service after leaving the military as well as a realtor for C&D Lamoureux Agency. Frank retired at 55 years old and then joined his sons to build the company Offshore Yachting Services as it’s President. The company owned and operated boatyards and marinas in Stamford Ct, Fort Lauderdale, FL and Stuart Fl. He always said this was the best time of his life to be working with his family in the marine industry.
Frank was a member of the Easthampton Lions Club and was very active in Little League Baseball from its inception in Easthampton. He was an avid sports fan and loved his Boston Red Sox and Fenway Park, the Boston Celtics and New England Patriots. He loved collage sports and was an ardent supporter of the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the University of Connecticut Huskies woman’s basketball team. Frank loved his family and his beloved wife Elizabeth; they were married for 67 years. Frank cherished telling stories of his travels while serving our country and salmon fishing in Ireland. He loved western books by Louis L’Amour, doing the morning paper’s cross word puzzles with his Dunkin Doughnuts coffee and eating hotdogs from Nick’s Nest.
Frank and Elizabeth loved living in their home in Easthampton. Franks spirt and sense of humor will be missed by all that knew and love him.
Easthampton Little League
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