Bartow, FL — "You can't have L O V E without L E O" Leo J.Gagnon “Pepe," 79, of Bartow, Fla., passed away Thursday, April 10, 2014, with his loving wife, Sandy by his side. Leo was born on June 13, 1934 in Newburyport, Mass. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving proudly on the USS Forrestal during the Korean War, forgoing graduation, at 17-years-old. Following the tradition of his uncles, he took on employment at Towle Silversmiths in Newburyport. Mr. Gagnon retired from the Newburyport Department of Public Works. He and his wife took great enjoyment as Owner/Operators of the former Port Bowling Lanes on Storey Avenue, getting to know and having positive influence on many of the local youth. Most will remember him for his sense of humor, warm welcoming smile, and the twinkle in his eyes. Leo was a member the American Legion Post #150 in Newburyport and Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Bartow, Fla. In his retirement, he was an avid bowler, a regular participant in Relay for Life in Bartow and took great pride routing for his New England sports teams, particularly the Red Sox and Patriots.
Mr. Gagnon is survived by his wife of 51 years, Sandy Gagnon of Bartow; daughter, Michelle Moberly (Mark) of Columbus, Ohio; son, Leo Gagnon, Jr. (Lori) of Stratham, N.H.; brother, Donald Wing (Doris) of Exeter, N.H.; three sisters, Jean Adams of Windsor, Maine, Carol Conner of Clifton Forge, Va., Barbara Fortune of Windsor, Maine and most proudly, three grandchildren, Matthew (Melissa), Marla and Manda Moberly, all of Columbus, Ohio; as well as many loving in-laws, nieces, nephews, friends and adoring "adopted" grandchildren.
ARRANGEMENTS: Family and friends are invited to calling hours on Monday, April 21, 2014, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Twomey-LeBlanc and Conte Funeral Home, 193 High St., Newburyport, Mass., followed by a graveside memorial at the Belleville Cemetery in Newburyport.