Spr Joseph Sylvio Gagné (Ret'd)

    • Spr Joseph Sylvio Gagné (Ret'd)
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    • Spr Joseph Sylvio Gagné (Ret'd)

    We regret to advise of the death of Sapper Joseph Sylvio Gagne (Ret'd) on 27 October 2020 in Toronto ON at the age of 96 years.

    Silvio was born in Cartier, Ontario and raised during the depression. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Engineers on 7 July 1943 during the Second World War. He completed his basic training at No. 20 Canadian Army (Basic) Training Centre – Brantford and his sapper training at A5 Canadian Engineer Training Centre – Camp Petawawa.  He was posted first to Italy and later to Normandy where he served as a driver mechanic in Number No 1 Road Construction Company. When the war ended, Sylvio served in the Army of Occupation in Oldenburg, Germany until his discharge on February 27, 1946. He returned to Canada in 1946 and started working with the Canadian Pacific Railway in North Bay, ON. He met and married Margaret Lepage in 1948 and they were married for 72 years. 

    After working in Cartier and Chapleau, the family moved to Scarborough ON in 1966.  Silvio retired in 1985 after 46 years with the Canadian Pacific Railway.  He and Margaret travelled extensively to Europe, Greece, United Kingdom and spent many years in Florida’s Tampa Bay area with their motor home during the winter months. He also enjoyed the outdoor life, doing a lot of fishing and hunting at the family camp at Geneva Lake near Cartier. Sylvio was a member of the East Toronto Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion.

    Join the family on Wednesday, 4 November 2020 as the funeral service will be streamed from the McEachnie Funeral Home.