Pauline Gagnon, 84, a lifelong resident of Manchester, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 6th. Pauline grew up on the West Side and was the youngest of nine children. Pauline is survived by her two daughters, Anne Cooley and Lucie Poulicakos, and her beloved sister-in-law, Pauline (Gagnon) Cote.
Pauline attended Manchester Catholic Schools and after high school went on to work at Felton Brush, Central High School, Dunkin Donuts’, and Velcro USA, where she ultimately retired after 20 years.
Pauline was married to Bertrand J. Gagnon for 46 years at the time of his passing in 2011. Pauline, along with Bert, enjoyed watching their family grow with the addition of their sons-in-law, Jim Cooley and Daniel Poulicakos, and their grandchildren Sarah, Alicia, Alexander, Jacob, and Zoey.
Memere, as she was lovingly known, enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and these times were special for all of them. Whether it was playing various card games, watching movies or playing pretend games like dress up or school, Memere was hands-on, and the grandkids just loved being at Memere’s house. They especially loved her famous Shirley Temple’s where just one cherry in the glass was never enough.
Pauline enjoyed playing Cribbage and Poker, Bingo and on the occasional trip to Foxwood’s slot machines. She was also known for never being able to drive by a yard sale without stopping to check out the deals.
Pauline was also thoughtful and sentimental. Handwritten notes, letters, and cards were her signature. She rarely missed sending a birthday or holiday greeting and as time passed and her mind faded, it bothered her that she could no longer put her thoughts on paper.
After suffering a number of health setbacks over the last few years, her final days were peaceful, and she passed on with an abundance of love surrounding her.
Her family will host a celebration of her life on Thursday, March 9th at Blessed Sacrament Church on Elm St. Her viewing will begin at 10 am at the church, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 11 am.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Manchester Senior Center or a charity of your choosing.