Newburyport, MA — Roger Armand Gagnon, former teacher at Newburyport High School and father of three children, died Tuesday, December 17, 2013, following a brief illness. He was the beloved husband of Mary Louise (Currier) Gagnon for 45 years. He devoted his life to his family, his community and to the youth of the City of Newburyport.
Born in Manchester, N.H., on May 9, 1939, he was the son of the late Alcide and Leonidas (Lassard) Gagnon. He attended Bishop Bradley High School in Manchester, received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Anselm College and a Master’s of History from Villanova University. He was an educator by profession, teaching first at Bishop Bradley High School and later at Newburyport High School for 37 years.
An active member of the community, he was former President of the Newburyport Pioneer Baseball League, Commissioner for the Newburyport City Charter and member of the Newburyport Zoning Board of Appeals. He also coached numerous sports at both the high school and youth levels.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, D.C. and wife Julie, and Jamie and wife Eileen, all of Newburyport; a daughter, Mary Louise Kebler and husband Bob of Newburyport; a brother, Paul Gagnon and wife Patricia of Manchester, N.H.; a sister, Jeannette Gagnon and Robert Bossie of Bedford, N.H.; and sister-in law, Gretchen Allen of Newburyport. He took great joy in being “Papa” to Lucy, Charlie, Max, Will, Brady, Katie and Tommy.
ARRANGEMENTS: Calling hours at Elliott, Woodworth & Rogers Family Funeral Home, 35 Green Street, Newburyport, will be Friday, Dec. 20, from 4 to 8 p.m. A funeral Mass at Immaculate Conception Church, Green Street, Newburyport, will be celebrated on Saturday, Dec. 21, at 10:30 a.m. Memorial donations may be made to the Newburyport Education Foundation, P.O. Box 1002, Newburyport, MA 01950.