Mark Robert Gagnon

AUBURN – It is with great sadness that the family of Mark Robert Gagnon announces his passing. Mark, 62, died on Sept. 3, 2021 with loved ones at his side at Massachusetts General Hospital after suffering a massive, sudden heart attack.

Mark was born in Lewiston on May 13, 1959 to Mildred Labrecque and Merile Gagnon. He was a graduate of Greely High School, attended Thomas College, and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Maine.

Mark was a longtime resident of Durham where he and his wife Debbie raised their three children. He loved sports and coached his kids’ teams throughout their childhood. He was very active in the Durham Boosters Club and led their youth basketball and soccer programs for many years—well beyond his kids aging out of the programs. He recently continued this tradition by coaching his grandson’s team.

Mark loved to bake, loved debating politics, and most of all, loved his family. He’ll be remembered as a husband, dad, pépère, uncle, brother, and friend who was always there, and he will be tremendously missed.

Mark is survived by his wife of 38 years, Debra (Coolidge) Gagnon of Auburn; daughter, Amy White of Auburn, and her husband Michael and their two children Isaac and Alexander; daughter, Sarah Herrick of Levant, and her husband Ryan and their two children Jaxton and Araya; son, Benjamin Coolidge Gagnon of Hallowell; siblings Daniel Gagnon of Sabattus, Diana Carr of Durham, David Gagnon of North Yarmouth, and Gail Carver of Durham; dog, Finn; and countless loving cousins, nieces, nephews, in-laws, aunts, uncles, and friends.

Mark’s family is especially grateful for the loving care he received from the staff at Central Maine Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital.

A private family burial will be held in September at Blanchard Cemetery in Falmouth.

All are welcome to attend a Celebration of Life on Sunday, Oct. 17, at 1:30 p.m. at Coolidge Family Farm in New Gloucester.

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Donations in Mark’s memory can be made to the American Heart Association or the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute at CMMC.

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