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Wayne M. Gagne, 67, of Nashua, passed away at Mass General Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. His earthly journey came to an end on Dec 29th. He leaves his heart and spirit with the love of his life, his wife Gigi (Grace Sanville), his children-Wayne and his wife Robin of Nashua, Jodi Callinan and her husband, Steve, of Litchfield, grandchildren: Gabrielle and Allison Gagne of Nashua and Ryan and Caitlyn Callinan of Litchfield.
Wayne was born in Brattleboro, VT, the son of Homer & Nettie Gagne-both deceased. He is also predeceased by his brother, Gary Gagne. He is brother to Carlton Sheldon, of Georgia VT, Doris Gero of Brattleboro, VT, and Patricia Brown of Winchester, NH. Wayne leaves behind a large extended family of sisters and brothers-in-law, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Wayne graduated from Brattleboro Union High School. He was a typographer for the Brattleboro Book Press in the early 70’s before being employed in the railroad industry from 1972-2011. Wayne began his railroad career as a trainman working his way through the ranks in various capacities: Conductor, Engineer, teacher of Federal Operating Rules & Federal Airbrake Rules, Road Forman of Engines, retiring as an Engineer.
After retirement, Wayne & Gigi spent their winters in Kissimmee FL, where he trained and qualified for umpiring high school baseball & softball. In Oct 2013, Wayne began working for The Hillsboro County Sheriff’s Dept as a Court Officer. He loved everything about his job there and gained so many good friends.
Wayne will be remembered as a loyal, moral, dedicated and hardworking family man, a man who deeply loved his family, loved people, loved to laugh, a man who set the bar high for himself-always looking for ways to make something better and more efficient. He always encouraged the younger generation to be all they could be and was known to council those on the wrong path or those having marital problems. Wayne was happiest being with his wife, children and grandchildren. He loved gadgets, electronics, troubleshooting, carpentry and baseball. He and Gigi have held Red Sox Season Tickets for 28 yrs.
Wayne courageously battled Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Cirrhosis for several yrs. He was on dual transplant lists at Mass Gen Hospital-Boston and The Mayo Clinic-Jacksonville, FL. Wayne was so very proud when His loving granddaughter, Caitlyn Callinan, ran The Boston Marathon at the tender age of 18 and raised nearly $12,000 for the American Liver Foundation, honoring him and bringing awareness to this devastating, non-alcoholic disease.
A funeral mass will be held at The Parish of Resurrection, in Nashua, on Fri, Jan 4th at 11:00 am, followed by a Celebration of Life luncheon at the Double Tree Hotel in Nashua.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The American Liver Foundation.