b'NEIGHBORSMEET THE MAN BEHIND FIFES FAMOUS ROOSTER Kyle GagnonI f youve ever heard anyone refer to The Rooster House in Fife, that would be the home of Kyle Gagnon. His house at the intersection of Valley Avenue East and Wilton grabbed that nickname because of the six-foot-tall rooster statue in Gagnons front yard. Its probably among Fifes most famous landmarks. That might have something to do with Gagnons elaborate rooster outfits. Theres the police-themed outfit Gagnon made this year to rec-ognize National Night Out. The fun-in-the-sun getup to celebrate the end of summer. The red-white-and-blue themed Independence Day attire. The local favorite is the roosters Seahawks uniform, an annual tradition Gagnon debuts around the start of the football season. Gagnon said his intention in dressing up the roosterwhich he does at least once a month or moreis to draw a smile. What can be more pleasantthan a six-foot goofy roosterin a crazy guys yard?People need to relax and forget about the bad stuff, said Gagnon.What can be more pleasant than a six-foot goofy rooster in a crazy guys yard?Before he retired from his 35-year career as a plumber, he remembers feeling stressed by lifes demands. I know how hectic the work life is and everything. You just have got to unwind and escape from that little reality for a minute. His giant rooster statue, he said, gives people something happy to think about and talk about good things. That makes me feel so good. He said recently a woman who works in a call center told him, I have to deal with people who are so horrible and upset about their bill. When I have a bad day, I stop by the DQ in Fife, get an ice cream and then drive by and see how the rooster is dressed and by the time I do that, Im usually happier.Gagnon subscribes to the adage that citizens can improve their community through random acts of kindness. Consider the rooster one of his contributions to making Fife a better place to live. You have to love where you live, said Gagnon. And this is a great community. He moved to Fife from Woodinville after finding more favorably priced property on a residential street surrounded by parks and schoolsa perfect place for Gagnon and his wife Joleen to have visits from their grandkids. That rooster statue was a birthday gift from a friend who owns an antique store. It started out with me and my grandson. He would say, Grandpa,lets do something with the rooster. That grandson nicknamed the rooster "Doodle Doo.Gagnon also occasionally uses the rooster as a larger-than-life thankyou monument. Earlier this spring, Kyle wanted to recognize City of Fife Public Works employees for road work completed in front of his house. I wanted to give 12 |FifeMagazine | Fall/Winter 2019'