Richard J. Daglio 4/26/1941 - 3/6/2013 beloved father, brother, uncle, and friend passed away surrounded by those who loved him best. The second of five boys, "Dick" Daglio was born in Flushing, New York and moved to Tucson in 1943 where he mainly resided for the next 68 years. Dick was a devout Catholic who became notorious for his unique sense of humor. He was a gifted artist specializing in painting and sculpting. Additional passions included chess, antiques, racquetball and culinary delights. After graduating with a B.S. in Art from Montana State University he became a decorated Bronze Star Vietnam veteran. He went on to earn two masters degrees in Special Education and School Administration from the University of Arizona. Although he was an industrial designer for Standard Oil, the main span of his professional life was dedicated to education. As a result of his novel ideas and academic excellence, he was hired by the US Virgin Islands to create groundbreaking programs and educational standards for the severely mentally handicapped. While living in St Thomas, he enjoyed some of his greatest passions skin diving, snorkeling, and the birth of his only child, Alisa Daglio. His pioneering work soon led the state of Ohio to hire him to revamp their entire approach to handling severely mentally handicapped and institutionalized individuals. His patience, wisdom, and innovative educational techniques led to the position of TUSD Principal at Gump, Urquides, and Wrightstown. As a man, Dick was modest about his achievements and generous with his loving spirit. He will be remembered adoringly as the best father in the world. Funeral Mass will be held at Corpus Christi Church, 300 N. Tanque Verde Loop Rd., on Monday, March 18, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. Arrangements by BRING'S BROADWAY CHAPEL, www.bringfuneralhome.com
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Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Mar. 10, 2013