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Victory Memorial Park Funeral Centre

14831 28th Ave, Surrey, BC

OBITUARY

Jamie Corey Gagnon

April 22, 1969March 6, 2020
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James “Jamie” Gagnon passed away peacefully on March 6, 2020 after a long battle with cancer, surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his wife Julie, his daughter Jenna, his mother Judy and his stepdad, Colin. He is predeceased by his father, Connie Gagnon and grandfather Aurele Gagnon.

Jamie was born on April 22, 1969 to Judy and Connie Gagnon in Ottawa, where he grew up and went to school. He first attended Knoxdale Public School from kindergarten to grade 6 followed by Greenbank Senior Public School for grades 7 and 8, then graduating from Sir Robert Borden High School, in 1987.

Jamie was an entrepreneur at heart very early in his life. He had many jobs through his teenage years from sweeping parking lots, to selling ice cream out of a cart, going door to door selling vacuum cleaners, and advertising flyers, and eventually discovering his love of tropical fish at a local pet store. This then provided him with the opportunity to move out to BC in his early twenties to run a Fish Store Chain, much to the sadness of his parents, who thought he would be home in a year. In the late 90’s Jamie’s creative juices started to flow again, and he started his first business, creating aquarium chemicals for fish tanks. This quickly led into his next adventure importing blue crawfish in the early 2000’s, working both his daytime job at the fish store, and then bringing in the shipments at night. But this wasn’t enough for Jamie’s spirit – he wanted to challenge himself even more. He started his next business, the Little Fish Company with his good friend and the rest is history.

Jamie’s passion for the better things in life is very well known, as is his desire to travel first class all the way - from the airfare (often for his friends too!), to upgrading of hotel rooms, fancy restaurants and any excursions available.

His passions were gardening, spending time in his backyard, music, gaming, Osoyoos, travel, building models, Halloween, his family and friends and his dog and companion to the end, Jesse James.

His love of travel to anywhere with a beach is what brought Jamie to Mexico, where he met his future wife Julie. After the two week trip, he called up his mother and said “I think I have met the one, her eyes are as blue as the sky”, and a couple of months later, Julie moved in with him, and they were engaged the same year. Getting married in Parksville on May 16, 1998, Julie’s parents welcomed Jamie into their lives with open arms.

The biggest source of Jamie’s pride is his daughter Jenna. He welcomed her into his life with open arms, even changing her first diaper. Watching her grow up, learning to walk and talk, succeed at school, and embrace her own passion of dance and theatre brought him joy every day. Jamie never missed the year end recitals or the school plays, even when he was sick.

Anyone that knows Jamie knows what a funny, caring, generous and kind person he is. He has many friends, from his childhood, his days at the pool hall, his work, his cul de sac, and his campsite in Osoyoos.

Jamie will be missed each and every day by so many people, from his zest for entertaining, playing the music that kept the party going, and for being the person that so many relied on for support, love and understanding.

A Celebration of Jamie's life is being held on Wednesday, March 18th, 2020 at 1:00 pm. His celebration will be live streamed so those who are unable to attend may still take part from home.

http://www.livememorialservices.com/Home/ServiceDetail/6225

“I will think of you Jamie everyday, you were the love of my life - Love your Mom”

Donations in Jamie's honour, to the BC Cancer Agency, would be greatly appreciated.

Services

  • Memorial Service Wednesday, March 18, 2020

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Cheri Simmons

March 20, 2020

Please accept my condolences on your loss. Jamie was someone who helped me out so much in my early days running a large retail pet store. He was always there for me to provide advice, support and even came into the store on many occasions to lend a hand! I will always remember that he was one of the first vendors who stepped up to help me. Later when our roles reversed and he became my customer I found him to be just the same, warm, friendly and always helpful. Our industry has a huge loss of a friendly, knowledgeable and wonderful man.

Samantha Williams

March 19, 2020

Julie and Jenna,

I am so sorry for your loss. Jamie was so kind and generous, and he will be truly missed. Your family really brightened up the cul de sac when you guys moved in. I loved babysitting Jenna, and house sitting for you guys over the last 10 years - thank you for trusting me with your daughter, your home, and your pets. I know that Sophie and Roo were waiting for Jamie and they are together again now. Jenna, you have grown into such a beautiful, mature young woman - your dad's spirit will be with you forever.

A funny memory I have of Jamie is from several years ago when your family was about to leave for a trip. I thought you guys had left the evening before, so I let myself in at 6am to feed the cat. Jamie and I happened to come around the kitchen corner at the same time, and boy did we scare the heck out of each other! We had such a good laugh afterwards.

I hope you can find peace and comfort in looking back on all the happy memories.

All my love,
Samantha

Francis Murray

March 18, 2020

I first met Jamie when his dad was set to marry my mom. What most impressed me about him at first was his positivity and forward-looking attitude, both of which seemed boundless. I'll always remember when his generosity towards me when he put me up at his place in Richmond when I first moved out West, and several years later when I did it again. Mostly, though, I'll remember his infectious smile, which conveyed a certainty that something good was about to be born into this world. It felt good just to be in his orbit. But I never saw him more elated/determined than during a sunny afternoon drive home on the highway in that glorious Corvette he had when he told me about the girl he met on vacation in Mexico and that she was the one. His smile could only be measured in karats that day. I'm so sorry he's gone. And to Julie and Jenna, all my love.

Riley Williams

March 18, 2020

Julie and Jenna

So very sorry for your loss. He will be dearly missed.

Wendy and Robert Tremblay

March 17, 2020

Dear Julie, Jenna, Judy and Colin,

Our most sincere condolences on your loss. We know about the long struggle that Jamie suffered and how hard he fought the disease. May he rest in peace now and hope he and Con are together again.

Judy and I are cousins and I have known Jamie since he was born but because he moved to Vancouver I had not seen too much of him the past many years. I know he did very well in business and enjoyed a good life there with travelling and with the good friends he made there. I know he will be missed by his family and friends.

Love
Wendy and Robert Tremblay

Kevin Wherry

March 17, 2020

Julie, Jenna, Judy and Colin

Jamie's passing has hit me hard, my heart goes out to all of you. I was so fortunate to be part of Jamie's life growing up. Going way back I fondly remember the day in grade school when we became friends and later on when I called him to invite him to my birthday party, I was surprised to learn my party was in conflict with his - we share the same day!

I was with Jamie on his fateful trip to Mexico when he met Julie. I have fond memories of our late night chats on the beach discussing and planning (more or less scheming really) on how he could best win Julie's heart. His honest approach with a splash of goofiness is what sealed the deal as far as I was concerned. Not much later, I was honoured to be his best man and have been so very happy from afar watching his family grow.

I will miss Jamie dearly, but knowing he has passed on his character and charm to Jenna I am reassured that his essence will live on.

warmest regards

Kevin Wherry

Alison Baizana

March 14, 2020

Our deepest condolences to Julie, Jenna, Judy, Colin and family. I worked with Judy at Dominion. When we worked together it was so nice to hear her talk about Jamie, he was clearly the apple in her eye and she was very proud of the life he was building with Julie at his side. From Judy's stories, Jamie was an amazing son, husband and father. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Alison & John

Jana Seymour-Lapointe

March 13, 2020

I’m so sad to hear of Jamie’s passing. I haven’t seen him in years but he will always be a huge part of my youth. He was a great guy with the biggest smile. I will cherish all the good memories. Sending much love to his mom and wishing peace his family peace at this time.

Colin MacKenzie

March 13, 2020


I first met Jamie when he was about 19 and his Mom and I were dating. Being a typical teenager he didn’t hang around home a whole lot so I actually didn’t get to know him well until he moved to BC. Since then, during our visits to BC Jamie and I became very good friends. The Jamie I knew was thoughtful, caring, fun loving and respectful. He accomplished much, travelled often and enjoyed life to the fullest.
He was determined to beat cancer and tried every drug and treatment that was offered and never gave up. Throughout this journey Jamie was fortunate to have a tremendous support group of friends, neighbours and, of coarse, his wonderful wife, Julie, and daughter Jenna.
Rest in peace Jamie. Love Colin

Joyce Tetreau

March 13, 2020

I have dealt with Jamie at Little Fish for over ten plus years through my early time at Total Pet and ending at Mr Pets . We did not always agree, but Jamie was always fair, kind and understanding. I always came away feeling he took the time to make things right. There will never be another Jamie. The pet industry will miss you.