PORT ORANGE, Fla. – Carl R. Gagnier, 71, died unexpectedly Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011, at his home. He was born Sept. 8, 1940, in Millinocket, son of the late Elias and Amanda Gagnier.
He was predeceased by his sister, Rita Bouchard of Millinocket; and brother, Leo Gagnier of Currie, N.C. He is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Leona (Baker) Gagnier; one daughter, Rochelle Yastek and her husband, Peter, of Barrington, N.H.; four sons, Richard C. Gagnier Jr. and his wife, Donna, of Medway, Mass., Randy W. Gagnier of East Kingston, N.H., Ronnie D. Gagnier of Stratton, and Reggie P. Gagnier of Exeter, N.H.; one sister, Joan Guimond and her husband, Robert, of Millinocket; a special cousin, Clarence "Leo" Gagnier and his wife, Lucille, of Port Orange, Fla.; 10 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and many friends.
Carl enjoyed entertaining his friends and family with the strum of his guitar or a funny story, and sometimes combined those talents to make us all laugh at a song that could only be funny when performed by him. "The Chew Tobacco Rag" was never a top 10 hit, but it will never be forgotten by those of us who were fortunate enough to witness Carl’s unique rendition. Carl lived and worked in Millinocket for most of his life where he owned and operated a barber shop, sold cars, and worked for Great Northern Paper Co., where he retired in 1996.
Arrangements have not yet been planned.