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Cephas Adlore Gagne

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“Cephas was a dear friend and neighbor when lived at 5 Avalon Place. I met Cephas and brother John shortly after I moved in when they came on their...Read More »
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“Dear Helga, John and Elfie, Jim and Kitty, Wendyand David, Ross and Trish, Wish we could be there with you tonight at calling hours. Thinking of you...Read More »
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“May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always. ”
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4 of 4 | Posted by: Carmon Community Funeral Homes - CT


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Cephas A. Gagne ("Jim" to some), 90, devoted husband of Helga (Quendt) Gagne, passed away peacefully at Hartford Hospital on May 27, 2017. Born July 20, 1926, Cephas was the son of the late Joseph Gagne and Erminia (Bersani) Gagne. Cephas lived on the same street in Wethersfield all his life. He graduated from Wethersfield High School in 1944 where he was known for his happy-go-lucky personality, and a passion for winning in basketball. In addition, he played 3rd base on the undefeated baseball team of 1943, the only undefeated baseball team in the school's history. He served in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946, achieving the rank of Supply Sergeant in Company A, 7th Infantry, 3rd Division. While serving in Germany, he met his wife-to-be, Helga. She immigrated to the US and they were married on Valentine's Day 1948, beginning a wonderful 69-year marriage. He entered the field of cabinetmaking at Dettenborn in Hartford, making church pews. From there he went to work for Margolis Inc., making fine furniture, followed by work for Kaman Aircraft, where he made helicopter rotor blades; precision work which trained his eye for contours and levelness. At Kaman, he transferred to the photo shop, where he took photos of parts, helicopters, and company events, developing film and making prints. After Kaman, he went into retail photography, working at Fairhaven Camera in Hartford and New Haven. He finished his career at Commercial Color in Hartford, retiring in 1991.
In retirement Cephas was free to concentrate on his woodworking. His home, and the homes of his family, are filled with all manner of fine woodworking, from guitars to grandfather clocks. He was a master craftsman, creating great beauty and utility from wood. He also expertly repaired, rebuilt, and refinished vintage furniture. Cephas was first and foremost a family man, adored by his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He always had time to be a good and caring neighbor, which was returned in kind in his later years. Cephas was gregarious, engaging, and immensely curious about the world around him. He could be irascible about his beliefs, and was concerned about the state of the world he would leave behind. In addition to his wife Helga, he is survived by his brother John Gagne (Elfie), of Hingham MA; a son, James Gagne (Cynthia), of Asheville NC; a daughter, Wendy Madsen (David), of Avon CT; two grandchildren, Emily Madsen (M. Lawrence Moberly) of Anchorage, AK; Ross Madsen (and partner Trisha Tiamzon) of West Hartford, CT; and two great-granddaughters, Willa and Delia Moberly. The family thanks Delphina Addo for her special care or both Cephas and Helga over this past year. Memorial calling hours will be held from 4:30 - 7:30 pm on Thursday, June 1st, at Carmon Funeral Home, 807 Bloomfield Ave. Windsor, Connecticut. Burial at Rose Hill Cemetery, Rocky Hill will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in Cephas's memory may be made to: The American Heart Association (donatenow.heart.org) or the American Kidney Fund (kidneyfund.org).