AIKEN, SC - WILLIAM JOSEPH "BILL" GAGNON, SR., 84, beloved husband of Peggy Owen Gagnon, died Monday, July 2, 2012 at his residence after a lingering illness.
A native of North Adams, MA, Mr. Gagnon was a son of the late Leo Christopher and Agnes Julia Reardon Gagnon. He proudly served his country as a Staff Sergeant in the Air Force during the Korean Conflict. Bill graduated from Northwestern University with a BA in Engineering and Management. He spent most of his career as a senior quality assurance engineer at General Dynamics / Electric Boat Division in Groton, CT, Gilbert - Commonwealth in Reading, PA and at Westinghouse, Savannah River Site in Aiken, SC. Bill had lived in Aiken since 1991 and was a member of St. John's United Methodist Church.
Survivors, in addition to his wife Peggy, include a son, William Joseph (Holly) Gagnon, Jr., Ledyard, CT; a daughter, Kathryn Ann (David) Rosenberg, Pawcatuck, CT; two step-daughters, Cindy (Mark) Cox, Aiken, SC, and Lisa (Travis) Fountain, Aiken, SC; six grandchildren, Lauren Swepson, Austin Rosenberg, Andrew Rosenberg, Zachery Gagnon, Bethany Gagnon, and Riley Gagnon; five step- grandchildren, Laura Cox, Aiken, SC, Leigh Ann Cox, Aiken, SC, Thomas (Emily) Glover, New Ellenton, SC and Adam Glover, Orlando, FL; a great-grandchild, Matayo Swepson and Kayleigh Glover; and a sister, Mary Joan Vigiard, Adams, MA.
A Memorial Service will be held at 10 AM Saturday at Shellhouse - Rivers Funeral Home with Chaplain Mark Hudson officiating. The family will receive friends following the service.
Memorial contributions may be made to research for people with P.K.U. (Phenylketonuria), which is a generic birth defect that prevents the body from processing protein foods. Donations may be made to NPKUA, P.O. Box 501, Tomahawk, WI 54487 (npkua.org) or to the Southeastern Children's Home, P.O. Box 339, Duncan, SC 29334.
Please visit the online guest register at www.shellhouseriversfuneralhome.com. SHELLHOUSE - RIVERS FUNERAL HOME, 715 EAST PINE LOG RD., AIKEN, SC