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Gagne, Joseph Merril
January 6, 1938 - June 2, 2018
Service:  A Celebration of Life /Memorial service will be held at a later date which will be announced.
Notice:  Memorial donations, in lieu of flowers in Joe’s name may be made to either the Cancer Society or the Canadian Diabetic Association.

Obituary

Gagne, Joseph Merril
1938-2018

Joseph Merril Gagne was born January 6, 1938 and peacefully passed away on June 2, 2018 at Rocky Mountain House Health Care Centre after a short but courageous battle with cancer. He leaves to mourn his wife of 45 years, Judith Gagne (Summers), 4 children Gary, Anita, Sheryl and Sandra, one remaining brother Raymond Gagne and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
“Grandpa Joe” also leaves behind chosen adopted grandchildren in the community including Sheldon, Jesse and Hayley Ames, Alexis and Ashley Ames, Britney Smith, Rylee Mallo, Jordyn and Dawson Smith, Cierra and Stephanie Shannon; great grandchildren: Jayce and James Stone, Keegan Walton, Leland and Andrea Benum and countless others.
Joe was predeceased by his parents Raoul and Eugenie Gagne, sisters: Lillian, Della, Anita, Irene and Theresa and brothers Leo and Robert.
Joe was born in Sudbury, Ontario to Raoul and Eugenie Gagne where he attended a private catholic school in Sudbury. Following school he joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1956 where he spent 5 years serving and travelling the world including Jamaica, British West Indies, South America and beyond. Following his service to his country, he worked in construction in Toronto as a Steeple Jack but got restless and hitchhiked out west to Savona, British Columbia to work as a ranch Hand/cowboy. Following his cowboy days, Joe joined the BC Forestry Service where he served for 30 plus years by fighting forest fires, suppression crew foreman and tower- man. In 1993 Joe and Judy moved to Rocky Mountain House where Joe joined the Alberta Forest Service as a tower- man and continued for 21 years. After Joe retired from the Alberta Forest Service he got bored and began work for the Clearwater County where he remained until just before his passing. Joe met the love of his life aka better half in Barriere, British Columbia in 1972 and they have been together ever since. Joe and Judy spent their life together working, traveling, hunting, fishing and enjoying life. Joe enjoyed reading and doing his oil paintings, which you may see at various locations throughout the County.
The family appreciates all the prayers and concerns extended during this time.

A Celebration of Life /Memorial service will be held at a later date which will be announced.

Memorial donations, in lieu of flowers in Joe’s name may be made to either the Cancer Society or the Canadian Diabetic Association.

Rocky and Sylvan Lake Funeral Homes and Crematorium, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements.

Condolences

Sharon Kinzel:
Joe was feisty, friendly,and full of energy. He was a man of strong opinions and not afraid to speak out when speaking out was the right course of action. I loved knowing him, and am grateful for having done so. This journey has ended for him; may his next be just as amazing. May the many memories he left with family, friends, and acquaintances console all as we morn his leaving.
Chiara and Caterina :
Ciao Joe, your smile, amazing attitude and sense of humor will be missed and remembered.
Judith and all Family: thinking of you in this difficult time.
Wade:
Sorry for your loss condolences to family

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