ALBURGH — Henry “George” Gagnon, 54, a resident of Alburgh since 1991, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at his home.

George was born in St. Albans, Aug. 7, 1959, the son of Henry G. Gagnon Sr. and Alfreda Martin Gagnon and was raised in Cowansville, Quebec where he graduated from high school. When he was 18 years old he moved to Vermont and lived in several Franklin County towns before moving to Alburgh. On Aug. 6, 1983 he married the former Suzanne Rushford who survives him and who, along with the their only child, Chaz, cared for George following a disabling accident in 2005.

George and Chaz worked together doing light trucking of firewood and also buying, restoring and selling the Dodge and Plymouth muscle cars he loved so much. In spite of his health challenges, George lived life to the fullest. He had a great love of his family, of traveling, car shows and frequent trips to the casino. A man who cared deeply for those in need George would always stop and give money to anyone asking for help and brought people from homeless shelters to a trailer near his home and took care of them.

In addition to his wife and son of Alburgh, George is survived by his mother Alfreda Gagnon of Swanton, one brother and sister-in-law, Stephen and Karen Gagnon of Isle La Motte, his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Victoria and Michael Cantell and Kathy and Patrick Smith, his nieces and nephews, Michelle and Miles Trudell, Mathew Smith, Shawn, Travis and Myah Gagnon and Trudy and Charity Burnor, several aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.

George was predeceased by his father, Henry and by a brother, Randy.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 10 a.m. from the Kidder Memorial Home, 89 Grand Ave., Swanton, where friends may call prior to the service from 9 to 10 a.m. The Reverend Kerry T. Cameron will officiate. Following committal services in the family lot in Riverside Cemetery, a reception will be held in Alburgh at a place to be announced.

Gifts in George’s memory may be made to the Franklin County Humane Society, 30 Sunset Meadows, St. Albans 05478.

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