Mr. Joseph Gagnon

Mr. Joseph Walter Gagnon

Friday, October 22nd, 1948 - Wednesday, November 27th, 2019
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JOSEPH WALTER GAGNON
October 22, 1948 – November 27, 2019

Mr. Joseph Walter Gagnon, age 71 years, passed away peacefully in Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre on Wednesday, November 27, 2019.

Joseph was born in Aroland on October 22, 1948. He was employed for over 35 years with Kimberly Clark. Joseph was a hard working man all of his life. He was constantly giving to his people in anyway he could, trying to better life for everyone. He was very organized and generous. Joseph's greatest passion was his family and was a true provider for his children and grandchildren. In his younger years, Joseph enjoyed the outdoors and playing guitar. He was a huge sports fanatic, especially hockey and was a die-hard fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Joseph is survived by his children Douglas, Virginia, Donna and Patricia Gagnon; grandchildren Leo and Amy Gagnon, Walter and Kevin Lewis, Ayla Spyrka, Sheldon, Douglas and Tanis Faulconer, Larissa Derosier, Caroline Johnson, Dylan Stanley, Lyndsay and Sydney Willoughby as well as his great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings Linda Kashkish, Marcel, Hilda, Jackie, Johnny, Jeffrey, Lindsay, Bernard and Christopher Gagnon; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives as well as his special furry dog companion, Toopy.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Amelia; daughter Theresa and son Leo; his parents Walter and Mary Gagnon; sister Lena Bell and brother Donald Gagnon.

A Visitation for family and friends in Thunder Bay will be held on Sunday, December 1, 2019 from 3:00pm until 5:00pm in the WESTFORT CHAPEL, 420 West Gore Street at James. Joseph will then be transferred to Aroland First Nation where visitation will continue on Tuesday evening after 5:00pm in the home of Marcel Gagnon (36 Poplar Street). The Funeral Service for Joseph will be held on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 11:00am in the Johnny Therriault School, Aroland First Nation. Cremation will follow with interment at a a later date.

Should friends so desire, donations made in memory of Joseph to Diabetes Canada would be greatly appreciated.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, December 1st, 2019 | 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    When
    Sunday, December 1st, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Location
    Everest of Thunder Bay - Westfort Chapel
    Address
    420 West Gore Street at James, one block south of Frederica
    A Visitation for family and friends in Thunder Bay will be held on Sunday, December 1, 2019 from 3:00pm until 5:00pm in the WESTFORT CHAPEL, 420 West Gore Street at James. Joseph will then be transferred to Aroland First Nation where visitation will continue on Tuesday evening after 5:00pm in the home of Marcel Gagnon (36 Poplar Street).
  • Second Visitation

    Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019 | 5:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019 5:00pm
    Location
    Family Home
    Address
    A Visitation for family and friends in Thunder Bay will be held on Sunday, December 1, 2019 from 3:00pm until 5:00pm in the WESTFORT CHAPEL, 420 West Gore Street at James. Joseph will then be transferred to Aroland First Nation where visitation will continue on Tuesday evening after 5:00pm in the home of Marcel Gagnon (36 Poplar Street).
  • Service

    Wednesday, December 4th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Wednesday, December 4th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Johnny Therriault School
    Address
    Aroland First Nation
    AROLAND, ON
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  • Interment

    Location
    Interment of cremated remains at a later date.
    Cremation will follow the service with interment at a later date.

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Rosanne

Posted at 03:02pm
I know that you're in a place beautiful beyond words. May you be at peace with loved ones. I remember a time you had given me a huge hug in my time of need. I shall hold that memory dear to me at this time. May you be at peace.


Rosanne and Effie
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Annie Wesley

Posted at 02:41pm
Blessing and Peace to the family of Joseph Gagnon.
from Annie Wesley, Calgary, AB.
December 1, 2019
Blessings and peace to the family of Joe Gagnon.
Joe was the Director of the Johnny Therriault Education Authority in July, 1999. I was privileged to work with him as the School Principal in the humble beginnings of the band controlled school. He was a strong advocate for the education of the Aroland children in their own community. He was a constant presence and spokesperson amidst problems and setbacks during the time of the establishment. He was very instrumental in the foundation of the Johnny Therriault School. Joe was a good man; he also was a dreamer who believed in First Nations ability to govern themselves. He never lost faith in his teachers. The school stands there today because of his support and dedication. This is the memory of the man with whom I worked. (1999-2002)
Joe, Rest in Peace.
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