BAILEYVILLE – Jeffrey Philip Gagner, 66, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at his home in Baileyville. Jeff was born in Princeton on June 24, 1948, son of Ernest and Lois (Shirley) Gagner.
He graduated from Woodland High School in Baileyville and attended the Music Conservatory in Bangor. Jeff started his career in the paper mill with St. Croix Paper Co., retiring from Domtar. Following his retirement he started his second career as an elementary teacher, initially at Woodland Elementary School, and most recently for Calais Elementary School. Jeff was a 17 year member of the Baileyville Fire Dept., past president of the Quarter Century Club for Georgia Pacific, past board member of Baileyville Utility Commission, board of director for Down East Federal Credit Union, and a member of Lewey’s Island Lodge #138 A.F. & A.M. in Princeton. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, camping, boating, and spending time at Elsemore’s Landing on Grand Lake. Jeff’s true passion was music and he enjoyed playing the guitar and was an avid Merle Haggard fan.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Mary (Williamson) Gagner; his father, Ernest Gagner; and three siblings, Janice Beattie, and David and Frank Gagner. Surviving are his mother, Lois Gagner; his loving wife, Patricia (Campbell) Gagner of Baileyville; five children, Kim Giggey of Bangor, Jacob Gagner and companion, Candy of Baileyville, John Gagner and companion, Sarah of Baileyville, Larry Saunders and wife, Jayna Smith of Calais, and Jennifer Donovan and companion, Tim of Calais; ten grandchildren who affectionately called him “Bumpy”, Cassidy, Addison, Morgan, Paige, Antonia, John, Kobe, Seth, Kylie, and Casey; sisters-in-law, Carole Thornton and husband, Gary of Texas, Judy McGinley and husband, Stephen of Alexander, Bonnie Johnson and companion, David of Bangor, JoAnne Pottle and husband, Bernie of Perry, and Beryl Ann Campbell of Bangor; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Rob Lupo, 11 a.m. Saturday, July 5, 2014 at St. James the Greater R.C. Church in Baileyville. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jeff’s memory may be made to the Ronald McDonald House, 654 State St., Bangor, ME 04401. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home, Calais & Eastport. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.maysfuneralhome.com