Andrew Ian Gagnon, 38, of Cottonwood Heights, Utah, died Thursday February 3, 2022. He was the husband of Candice and loving father to Eliza, Lincoln, and Anderson. Andrew was a dedicated transplant surgeon at Canyon Surgical Associates in Murray, Utah.
Andrew was born on January 22, 1984 in Burlington, Vermont to Fiona M Murray and Dave A Gagnon. He grew up in Underhill, Vermont where he developed a love for soccer and the outdoors. His brothers, James and Robert, cherish the memory during that time of building epic bobsledding runs together with Andrew on their backyard hillside.
Andrew graduated from Mount Mansfield High School in 2002 and went on to complete his undergraduate studies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 2005. He attended Medical School at the University of Vermont, receiving his Doctor of Medicine degree in 2011. He completed his Medical Residency in General Surgery and Fellowship in Transplantation Surgery at Lahey Hospital in Burlington, Massachusetts. He and his family moved to Utah in 2018, where Andrew continued his career as a transplant surgeon at Intermountain Medical Center, saving hundreds of lives and positively impacting countless others.
During his time in Utah, Andrew could be found with his family and friends in the mountains doing the things he loved. He was an avid skier, mountain biker, and hiker and took great joy in introducing his children to these activities and spending time with them outdoors. He could also be found many evenings playing board games and card games with his family, reading books, and helping the kids with their homework.
Andrew will be remembered as a loving father, husband, son, brother, uncle, and friend. We will treasure the memories of his warm smile, his love of his family, his dedication to others, and his genuine caring disposition.
Andrew was preceded in death by his father, Dave A Gagnon
Andrew is survived by his wife, Candice Marie Lamar Gagnon; children: Eliza Willow Gagnon; Lincoln Andrew Gagnon; and Anderson Lamar Gagnon; his mother Fiona M Murray; brothers James A Gagnon and Robert J Gagnon; and many aunties, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews in Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and England.
A memorial will be held in honor and remembrance of Andrew at Memorial Mountain View Mortuary in Cottonwood Heights, Sunday February 13th. Calling hours from 10-11am, light refreshments served. Program begins at 11am in the auditorium.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the GoFundMe organized by friends in loving memory of Andrew (https://www.gofundme.com/f/in-loving-memory-of-andrew-gagnon)
“Now cracks a noble heart. Good-night, Sweet Prince; And may flights of angels sing thee to thy rest”. Shakespeare. Hamlet.
Life Story Info
I am a patient of Dr. Gagnon's. I have often thought of the staff at Intermountain post-surgery. But often I thought about Dr. Gagnon. Really can't make sense of things right now. Such a loss of a profound human who had the purpose, skill, and compassion to save lives.
My favorite quote is from Elizabeth Kubler Ross, and she says, "The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of those depths."
Andrew Ian Gagnon had pulled me from those depths. From those years of peril with end-stage renal failure, I have come to terms with life, discovered my own meaning and appreciation, and understand what a gift it has been.
May the universe be so kind to his family. I can't help but think of them often. May the future bring peace, joy, comfort, and love.
Andrew was by far the smartest and best surgeon in our residency class. He was kind, funny, an outstanding person and I always looked up to him. His infectious laugh and warm smile always made the tough moments of residency a little bit better.
To his wife, Candice: he loved you so much. I am so very sorry for your loss. Sending you love, hugs, and strength.
On Jan.7, 2020 Dr. Gagnon was my surgeon as he removed one of my kidneys that I donated to a man I'd never met who lives in Arizona. My kidney donation in turn made possible my wife receiving a kidney from a young woman who lives in Illinois (who she'd never met). My kidney recipient's wife donated her kidney to an unknown man in Washington, DC. Dr. Gagnon was so genuinely personable as he met with me before & after surgery. As I was recovering from surgery the next day, Dr. Gagnon spent about 45 minutes with me, and again the following day. He took such an friendly interest in his patients! Such a talented man, and he blessed so many people with his expertise!