Gagnon Sports celebrates a half century in Oshawa

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Published April 3, 2023 at 12:22 pm

Gagnon Sports manager Justin Pardy (left) with local angling celebrities Cooper Gallant and Dave Mercer. Photo Cooper Gallant Fishing

Oshawa’s Gagnon Sports celebrated a half-century of service to the outdoors community with a birthday party this weekend.

The family owned fishing and hunting store on Bloor Street, started by Gerard Gagnon in 1973, and now owned and managed by Jerry Gagnon and Nathalie Gagnon Pardy and the founder’s grandchildren, Justin and Noel Pardy.

The party, which included celebrity guests and a customer appreciation day with food trucks, was the “most successful” event the store has ever had, said store manager Justin Pardy.

“It was absolutely incredible,” Pardy said about the attendance from customers and fans. “It was a great event and a great turnout from everybody.”

Special guests included Toronto actor Shamier Anderson (John Wick 4 as the ‘Tracker’) and some icons and rising stars from the world of professional fishing.

Bowmanville angler Cooper Gallant, who won the Bassmaster Southern Open last year and just competed in the Bassmaster Classic in Tennessee – the ‘Super Bowl of fishing’ – was in attendance, along with Facts of Fishing host Dave Mercer of Port Perry, who also emceed the Bassmaster Classic, among others.

The Classic was won for the first time this year by a Canadian, popular Kenora angler Jeff Gustafson.

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