The Mountaineer - Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Canada
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Joseph Merril Gagne
Jan. 6, 1938 – June 2, 2018

Joseph Merril Gagne was born Jan. 6, 1938, and peacefully passed away on June 2, 2018, at Rocky Mountain House Health Care Centre after a short but courageous battle with cancer.
He leaves to mourn his wife of 45 years, Judith Gagne (Summers); four children: Gary, Anita, Sheryl and Sandra; one remaining brother Raymond Gagne; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
“Grandpa Joe” also leaves behind chosen adopted grandchildren in the community including Sheldon, Jesse and Hayley Ames, Alexis and Ashley Ames, Britney Smith, Rylee Mallo, Jordyn and Dawson Smith, Cierra and Stephanie Shannon; great-grandchildren Jayce and James Stone, Keegan Walton, Leland and Andrea Benum and countless others.
Joe was predeceased by his parents Raoul and Eugenie Gagne; sisters Lillian, Della, Anita, Irene and Theresa; and brothers Leo and Robert.
Joe was born in Sudbury, Ont., to Raoul and Eugenie Gagne where he attended a private catholic school. Following school he joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1956 where he spent five years serving and travelling the world including Jamaica, British West Indies, South America and beyond. Following his service to his country, he worked in construction in Toronto as a Steeple Jack but got restless and hitchhiked out west to Savona, B.C., to work as a ranch hand/cowboy. Following his cowboy days, Joe joined the B.C. Forestry Service where he served for 30 plus years by fighting forest fires and as suppression crew foreman and tower man. In 1993, Joe and Judy moved to Rocky Mountain House where Joe joined the Alberta Forest Service as a tower man and continued for 21 years. After Joe retired from the Alberta Forest Service he got bored and began work for the Clearwater County where he remained until just before his passing. Joe met the love of his life a.k.a. better half in Barriere, B.C., in 1972 and they have been together ever since. Joe and Judy spent their life together working, travelling, hunting, fishing and enjoying life. Joe enjoyed reading and doing his oil paintings, which you may see at various locations throughout the county.
The family appreciates all the prayers and concerns extended during this time.
A celebration of life/memorial service will be held at a later date which will be announced.
Memorial donations, in lieu of flowers in Joe’s name may be made to either the Cancer Society or the Canadian Diabetic Association.
Condolences may be forwarded to: www.rockyfuneralhome.ca.
Rocky and Sylvan Lake Funeral Homes and Crematorium, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements.