Obituary of Raymond Wilfred Daigle
Putnam- Raymond Wilfred Daigle, 89 was born September 28, 1928 in Putnam, CT to parents Wilfred and Rose Daigle. He passed away peacefully at the Matulaitis Nursing Home on May 24, 2018 in Putnam, CT. He was predeceased by his wife of 52 years, Jeanne “Jill” Anne Daigle (Deamer) of London England.
Raymond joined the United States Army/Air force in 1946 and worked as a cryptographic teletype operator handling highly classified information. He met his wife in 1951 while stationed in London, England and their adventures together began. His first child was born in London, his 2nd and 3rd in California, his 4th, 5th, and 6th in France, his 7th in Colorado, and his 8th in the Philippines. He retired from the military in 1966 and drove his whole family from Shepard Air Force Base, in Texas, in a VW bus to settle in his hometown of Putnam, CT, a story he often told with great pride and joy. Then, his 9th child was born on Westover Air force base in Massachusetts. He continued working, spending 4 years as a Hardware Store Manager, 8 years as a Tree Cutter, and finished his career with 13 years at Electric Boat as a Ship Fitter building nuclear submarines. He retired in 1991. He loved to play golf, spend time with family close to home and abroad, and be very social with people from all walks of life. Ray would always look for the best in people. He would help people in any way he could, making them a meal on the holidays, giving them a ride to the bank or advice on how to fix things. He was always devoted to his wife Jill and to his faith in God.
Raymond is predeceased by his daughter Janice LaRose (Daigle). He is survived by his sons and daughters Susan Brousseau (Daigle) and her husband Richard, Katherine Blake (Daigle), John Daigle and his wife Pam, Michael Daigle and his wife Meagan, Robert Daigle and his wife Debbie, Linda Petricola (Daigle) and her husband Dennis, Tony Daigle and his wife Julie, Brian Daigle and his wife Wendy. His son In-law Buzz, husband of Janice, and Kevin Blake. He is also survived by his grandchildren Jeremy, Michelle, Chris, Monica, Kody, Kevin, Haley, Nick, Sasha, Hilary, Dillon, Mathew, Megan, Kayla, Anthony, Eliza, and Wyatt, 9 great grand children and one great, great grandchild.
Calling Hours will be Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 10 to 11:30 AM at the Smith and Walker Funeral Home, 148 Grove St., Putnam. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 12:00 PM in St. Mary Church of the Visitation, 218 Providence St., Putnam. Burial with Military Honors in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Putnam. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Raymond’s memory to Matulaitis Nursing Home, Events Dept., 10 Thurber Road, Putnam, CT 06260. Share a memory at www.smithandwalkerfh.com