Barbara Gagnon

Barbara Ann Gagnon (Ahearn)

August 21, 1939 - February 14, 2020
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Barbara (Ahearn) Gagnon, 80, a lifetime resident of Chelmsford, passed away Friday, February 14, 2020 surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife of 57 years of James Gagnon.

She was born in Lowell on August 21, 1939 and was the daughter of the late Herbert and Rita (Boyle) Ahearn. Barbara graduated from Chelmsford High School class of 1957. She enjoyed gardening and antiquing but most of all, she cherished her time spent with her grandchildren.

In addition to her loving husband James, Barbara leaves her son; David Gagnon and his wife Rebecca of Stokesdale, NC, her daughter; Kelly McDermott and her husband Thomas of Simsbury, CT, her grandchildren; Stephanie Anderson, Kelsey Mathews, Bridget McDermott, Colleen McDermott and Heather McDermott, her great grandchildren; James Oscar Anderson and Hazel Maeve Mathews, her brothers; John T. Ahearn and his wife Jean, Bernard Ahearn and his wife Mary, her sisters; Mary Lou Prescott and her husband Robert, Rita Zappelli and her husband Kevin, Marie Lessard and her husband Brian, Pat Karl and her husband Edward. She also leaves many nieces and nephews.

Barbara was predeceased by her siblings; Jimmy, Herbie, Freddie, Danny, Eddie, Joan, Regina and Gail.

Funeral services and interment will be held privately. Memorial donations in Barbara's memory can be made to Hope for HIE (
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    Funeral Service and Interment will be held privately.
    24 Worthen Street
    Chelmsford, MA 01824
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Bruce-Judy Gill

Posted at 09:00pm
My family will always remember the wonderful time you showed us on our trip to Boston that one summer. You and Jimmy made us laugh and realize that the best part of visiting Boston for a family vacation was actually spending time with family! We love you Aunt Barbara and Uncle Jimmy and cherish your beautiful family. Always in our prayers, Heaven gained an angel for sure.
Bruce and Judy Gill

Betsy Pilon

Posted at 09:22am
On behalf of Hope for HIE, I want to extend our sincerest condolences to the family of Barbara for your great loss. We will continue her legacy forward in the work we do to serve families whose children face HIE.

Marie Lessard

Posted at 11:33am
I’m going to miss you Sis. Love You ❤️ Mae

Michael Vaccaro

Posted at 12:23pm
I will never forget our many Christmases, Thanksgivings, family gatherings and the carrying on of the mocha pudding tradition. Love you.

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