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Normand R. Gagne
January 25, 2024
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Normand Gagne, beloved son of Rene and Eva Gagne of Fitchburg, MA, went to his final rest on Thursday, January 25th. Normand is survived by his loving wife Patricia Gagne and four children: Kelly Martineau and her husband Ernie of Fitchburg, Kathy Gagne of Webster, Stephen Gagne, and his wife Stacey Wilson of Orono, MN, and Cindy Gagne of Lunenburg. He was also blessed with 7 grandchildren: Christopher and Kaitlin Martineau of Hookset, NH, Elizabeth Martineau of Naples, Italy, Katherine Martineau of Boston, L Gagne of Los Angeles, CA, Clare Gagne of Providence, RI, Owen Gagne and Peter Gagne of Orono, MN, and one great-grandson Jacob Martineau. Normand is also survived by his brothers: Roger and his wife Pauline of Leominster and Richard Gagne of Fitchburg.
Normand was a lifetime resident of the Twin Cities area. In his youth, he was a Boy Scout and later a Scout Leader. He was an active member of Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Leominster, helping to create the annual fall fair, St. Patrick’s Day celebration, and other community-building and fundraising activities. Normand grew up working in his father’s bakery in Cleghorn and later continued his family’s tradition of baking when he opened the Welcome In Pie and Ice Cream Shop, and then later the Welcome Back. His restaurants served the Twin Cities area for many years -notably making over 2000 pies each Thanksgiving.
In 2001, Normand suffered a serious stroke that cost him most of the mobility on his right side along with the ability to speak. He fought to recover from the stroke for 25-years and became a model of strength and tenacity to his family and friends. Normand believed we should all leave the world a better place than we found it and worked every day of his life to ensure that he did. His strength, character, love, and friendship will be forever missed.
Calling hours will be held Tuesday, January 30, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., Worcester. The funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, January 31, at 11:30 a.m. in the chapel of the Notre Dame Long Term Care & Rehabilitation Center, 559 Plantation St., Worcester. Burial will be in St. John’s Cemetery, Worcester.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Notre Dame Health Care Center Attn: Development Office, 555 Plantation St., Worcester, MA 01605.