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Bernard A. Gagne of Haverhill, died Sunday, May 21, at Penacook Place Nursing Home, Haverhill.
He was born in Middleboro, Mass., son of the late Alexis J. and Honorine (Rioux) Gagne.

Mr. Gagne grew up and lived all his life in Haverhill. He attended Haverhill schools and worked for most of his life at DuGrenier Machinery before founding TechCoating in the early 1960’s with his brother John. After Mr. Gagne’s retirement, he continued to work as a part-time consultant in his field of tool design. He was artistic and enjoyed using his skills to create art in different mediums such as charcoal drawing, intricate crewel work, weaving and rug hooking and design. Mr. Gagne also enjoyed bird watching and spent the years of his early retirement traveling the country and bird watching with his wife Rose.

Mr. Gagne led a full and active life into his mid-90’s. He enjoyed his later years living at Phoenix Row where he participated in many activities and developed many friendships. For the last two years, he has resided at Penacook Place Nursing Home and continued to be active up until the last few months of his life.
He was predeceased by his loving wife, Rose Wheaton Gagne as well as his brothers, Roland, Robert and A. John Gagne and sister, Constance Donahue.
He leaves three daughters, Diane Coffin of Danvers, Sandra Valera of Saco, Maine and Betty Gagne-Iuele and her husband, James Iuele of Haverhill, in addition to his five grandchildren, Whitney V. Coffin, Jr. of Methuen, Douglas Coffin of Danvers, Stacey Tarpy of Haverhill, Marci Dion of North Berwick, Maine and Jason Valera of Gardiner, Maine. He also leaves 11 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Gagne touched many lives over his lifetime and was loved and will be missed by all who knew him.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend his visitation on Tuesday, May 30, from 9 to 10:30 a.m., at Berube-Comeau Funeral Home, 47 Broadway, Haverhill. A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will follow the visitation at 11 a.m. at All Saints Church. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery. Contributions in Bernard Gagne’s memory can be made to the Penacook Place Activities Fund, 150 Water Street, Haverhill, MA 01830.
For directions to our home or to send a message of condolence to the family, please visit our website at www.berubecomeau.com.
Published on  May 24, 2017
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