AUGUSTA – Henry J. “Hank” Gagnon, 89, a longtime resident of the Lewiston-Auburn area passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 11, at the Maine Veterans’ Home.

He was born Jan. 22, 1920, in Lewiston, a son of Joseph and Fredalena (Lefebvre) Gagnon. He graduated from Edward Little High School, Class of 1940.

Soon after graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and proudly served in the 3rd Division in the Pacific Campaign of World War II, witnessing the raising of the U.S. flag at Iwo Jima, where he earned a Bronze Star for his combat duty.

He was employed by the Auburn Post Office as a mail carrier for 32 years, retiring in 1985.

Hank was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, golfing, gardening, baseball and football. He coached/managed the Auburn Asa’s and Auburn Little League as well as various flag football teams. He was a devoted Red Sox fan (but not of Terry Francona) and was also a fan of the New England Patriots.

Survivors include his wife, Marilyn; daughters Cheryl and her husband, Craig Beaulieu, of Portland and Gail and her husband, Joseph Conrad, of Jay; his special grandson, Cade Beaulieu of Brighton, Mass.; his brother, Joseph Gagnon; and sisters, Lorraine Caron and Ella Nolin.

He was predeceased by his parents; brothers, Ray, Bob, Sonny (Adolph); and sisters, Bella, Lena, Kilda and Muriel.

The family would like to thank Hank’s friend, Nora Pilotte of Waterville, for her care and companionship over many years. They would also like to express their appreciation to the staff and the Hospice Team at the Maine Veterans’ Home for the care and compassion offered to Hank and the family during his time there.

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