Final Patrol: Investigator Lionel "Mike" Gagnon (Retired)

Lionel “Mike” Gagnon, 91, of Malone died Sunday, May 30, 2021 at The Alice Center, Malone.

Born on Nov. 18, 1929 in Manchester, NH, he was the son of Archibald and Edith (Gilmin) Gagnon. They predeceased him.

He was married to Theresa McGowan at St. Joseph’s Church by Rev. George Tobin. She predeceased him on Jan. 8, 2018.

Mike moved to the Malone area in 1940 and was raised in Westville. He graduated from Franklin Academy. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1947 and served in Germany. He was honorably discharged in 1950 and joined the U.S. Army Reserves serving until 1951. In 1951, Mike enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corp serving as staff sergeant until he was discharged in 1954. He was employed with the NYS Troopers from Jan. 1955 to July 1987, retiring as investigator after 32 ½ years of service.

Mike was a communicant of St. Joseph’s Church, Malone serving as lector, Eucharistic Minister and adult altar server. He was a member of the Association of Former NYS Troopers, Marine Corps League, American Legion, Amvets, PBA, CSEA, VFW and Malone Lodge of Elks. He also volunteered for the American Cancer Society and Malone Adult Center.

He is survived by his first cousins of his late aunt, Esther Gilmin Plante, of Constable.

There are no calling hours.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 7 at Notre Dame Church, Malone.

Burial will take place at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Fort Covington St., Malone.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to St. Andre's Outreach Center.

Arrangements are with St. Mary-Murphy-Wilcox Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered at

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