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Emilee Gagnon

December 18, 1991 - September 23, 2013

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Emilee Dawn Gagnon, 21, of Holliston, was tragically taken from her loving family September 23rd, 2013 as a result of a bicycle accident in Ohio; while on a cross country trip to benefit Multiple Sclerosis. Born in Winchester, Ma., she was the beautiful, colourful, free spirited, full of life daughter of John and Celia (Osmer) Gagnon of Holliston.

A 2013 Westfield State University Graduate, Emilee had majored in Art History, Ethnic Studies and Foreign Language with honors, earning Dean’s List each year she was there. She worked for 4 years at Westfield State University Library as a librarian and also had a leadership position at the library. She was an artist and enjoyed selling her art work, paintings and photographs in front of Fiske’s General Store and local shops and boutiques here in Holliston as well as on her journey to help benefit MS and her expenses. At the age of 13, Emilee was an Ovarian Cancer Survivor. She was involved in the Relay for Life for many years. She was also part of many Multiple Sclerosis walks and bike rides. Her maternal Grandfather has MS and he was her inspiration. She held two black belts in two different styles of Jiu Jitsu, and enjoyed hula-hooping.

She was an avid reader and often had reading parties with her two siblings. She spent many summers with her family in Kent, England since the age of 9 months, enjoying that people often thought she was from England. She was very proud of her English heritage.
After Emilee’s treatment, the family was honored with an unforgettable wish, on Emilee’s behalf, to Italy, gratefully provided by The Make A Wish Foundation. A trip of a lifetime.

Besides her parents, Emilee is survived by her siblings, Rebecca and Oliver Gagnon of Holliston; her paternal grandparents, Joseph and Joan Gagnon of Uxbridge; maternal grandparents, Dawn and Gerald Osmer of Kent, England; her uncles, Gary, Joseph, Mark, David, Billy, Matthew, Timothy Gagnon, and Mark Osmer; her aunts, Deborah LeBlanc, Denise Brosnahan, Mary Ann Scott, and Mechelle Linehan as well as their spouses. She also leaves many cousins and close friends. She was a true friend to all.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, September 29th from 2-6p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Holliston. A funeral service will take place on Monday, September 30th at 11:00a.m. at the First Congregational Church in Holliston. In lieu of flowers, donations in Emilee’s memory may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, www.mymsaa.org or to the Make a Wish Foundation, www.wish.org