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Gagnon, Julia

August 5, 2009

GAGNON, Julia Alice (nee Affi) - In loving memory of Julia Alice (nee Affi) Gagnon who passed away peacefully in hospital August 3, 2008 surrounded by family, following a stroke a month earlier. She was born in Waters Township. Over the years her family moved from Creighton, to Garson and then Levack as her father was transferred to different mine sites. Since her wedding to Billy more then 49 years ago, Julia (aka Julie) has lived most of her life in the Lively area where she has been very involved with the community and church. Her 49 year membership in the Waters Women's Institute has been very fulfilling; she held a number of offices including secretary, treasurer and Tweedsmeer history curator for about 25 of those years. Julia was also a long-standing member of the recently disbanded Fellowship circle at Lively's Trinty United Church. She is predeceased by her parents, Alec and Tyyne, and brothers Edward and Billy and his wife Mary. Julia is survived by her husband of 49 + years, William (Billy) & children, daughter Suzanne and son Andrew (Bob), both of Toronto; two siblings, brother Leo Affi (Eta) of California & sister Judith (Elmer) Kruger of Dresden; neieces Cheryl, Tyyne and Lisa, and nephew John; and predeceased by nephew Mark. Special Mom to Pennie and Kristine. Julie had an open door policy for all neighbour strays, kids and animals alike. It was something she proudly learned from her own mother. Being an avid baker also helped keep the nissua drawer full of scratch baked goods for these impromptu visits. Her Finn bun was a highly coveted commodity, often receiving the highest bid at the church bake sale auctions. Her sense of humor was immense. She prided herself on being able to tell jokes and never use a vulgar word. Her favorite stage was the monthly WI meeting. Her love of words showed itself in years of completed daily crossword puzzles. Julie had her own “scrapbooking“ decades before it became a trend. Her photo albums are artistic and historical creations. She was a walking heart, always ready with a hug, a kiss and understanding for all. Cremation followed by internment at the Waters Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations to the Trinity Memorial Fund would be appreciated. Funeral Visitation at the LOUGHEED FUNERAL HOME, 252 Regent St. at Hazel St. 2-9 p.m. Wednesday only. Memorial Service in Trinity United Church, Lively, Friday, August 7th at 2:00 p.m. (Friends may gather at the church after 1:30 p.m. Friday). Donations or messages of condolence available online at

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