Richard James “Dickie” Daigle Sr.

TREMONT — Richard James “Dickie” Daigle Sr., 61, quietly passed away in his sleep Aug. 30, 2010, at his residence in the village of Seal Cove. He was born Aug. 2, 1949, in Bangor, the son of Joseph E. Daigle and Ruby H. Daigle.

He graduated from Pemetic High School, Class of 1967, Southwest Harbor. Shortly after graduating, he was drafted in the U.S. Army for service in the Vietnam War. He served as a combat engineer and was recognized as a Purple Heart recipient, indicative of being wounded while in action. After returning from his stint in the Armed Forces, he returned to Mount Desert Island to settle down and marry Ms. Jane Mae Eaton of Southwest Harbor, who would be his loving wife for more than 41 years. Mr. Daigle worked 13 years at The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, before investing in and running a waste disposal business on Mount Desert Island for an additional 14 years. Mr. Daigle was employed in a multitude of different odd jobs in his final years, including working as an auto parts salesman, maintenance/janitorial worker and as a carpenter. Mr. Daigle dedicated his time and interests to such civic organizations as Mount Desert Island Lions Club, American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Mr. Daigle spent his leisure time at his camp on Molasses Pond, Eastbrook, where he was an avid boater and continuously strived to improve the infrastructure of his second home. He especially enjoyed ballroom dancing with his wife on Saturday nights at the local American Legion Hall. His love for the community of Tremont was exhibited by playing Santa Claus for local children on Christmas Eve each year.

Mr. Daigle is survived by his wife, Jane of Seal Cove; two sons, Richard Jr. of Hampden and Roger and his wife, Serena, and their four children, Cody, Trevor, Merena and Savannah, all of Mariaville; and his four brothers, Philip and wife, Lisa, of North Hampton, N.H., Robert and wife, Beth, of Southwest Harbor, Thomas of Chesapeake, Va., and Michael of Town Hill; and brother-in-law, George Eaton of Trenton.

There will be a small graveside ceremony for those interested in attending 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3, at Hillrest Cemetery, West Tremont. Anyone wishing to make donations in memory of Mr. Daigle should send their contributions to Mount Desert Island Lions Club, P.O. Box 561, Southwest Harbor, ME 04679, attention: Michael Smith, treasurer.

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