CUSHING — Roger Raymond Gagne, 79, passed away Aug. 10, 2021.

Born in Augusta, Aug. 25, 1941, he was the son Samuel and Bernadette Pouland Gagne.

Growing up on a dairy farm, he enlisted into the United States Marine Corps and was selected to serve in an elite infantry unit, the Second Recon Battalion, stationed in North Carolina.

Upon his honorable discharge, Roger returned to Maine where he met the love of his life, Betty Jean (Holmes) Gagne. They married and settled in Cushing.

Roger was a musician, songwriter, sketch artist, carpenter, yacht builder, commercial fisherman and avid outdoorsman, who loved shooting black powder. He had many other hobbies, but his favorite was the guitar. He loved life and often said he was a happy man.

In addition to his mother and father, Roger was predeceased by parents-in-law Forrest M. and Doris B. Holmes, and brother, Clem.

He is survived by his wife Betty Jean Gagne; children Jennifer Silverstein and her husband Richard of Chappaqua N.Y., Michael Burns and his wife Shelley of Cushing; brother Reggie; grandchildren Forrest M. Burns, Cameron J. Burns, Gavin R. Lucarino, Jordan S. Silverstein; great-grandchildren Layla Burns, Willow Burns, Bradey Botley, Hazel Burns; nephews Danny and Steve Gagne; cousins Jerry and Diane Cates; sister-in-law Sharon Holmes; uncle and aunt Cyrus and Carlene Homes.

A memorial service with military honors was held at the Broad Cove Church in Cushing, Aug. 19. The Reverend Ann Roundy officiated.

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