Roger G. Daigle

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Roger George Daigle, 72, of Syracuse, N.Y., died Friday, May 17, 2013, in Boston, after a brief illness.

Roger was the son of George and Dorothy Daigle, lifelong residents of Manchester, N.H. He attended Bishop Bradley High School, graduating with honors in 1959. He later attended the Oblate Seminary in Bucksport, Maine, followed by his enlistment in the U.S. Army where he served honorably in Korea.

After completing his military service, Roger resumed his religious calling by serving in Brazil as a Catholic lay missionary, where he met and married Vanda Paglione in 1967.

When the couple returned to the U.S., Roger embarked on his academic career graduating from the University of New Hampshire with a BS, and then completing his MBA from University of Georgia.

He was best known as an avid naturalist, a birder, a longtime member of the Audubon Society and a voice for the downtrodden.

The couple had five children, Paul, Roger (deceased), Valery, Mauro, and Richard, as well as six grandchildren, Alexander Daigle, Max Daigle, Felix Daigle, Anaia Daigle, Luca Daigle, and Luciana Lyons.

He is survived by his former wife, Vanda Ovalle, his parents, George and Dorothy Daigle of Manchester, N.H., his siblings Richard Daigle of Manchester, N.H. (wife Judy Daigle) and Jacqueline Dodge, (husband Johnny Dodge) of Sarasota, Fla.


SERVICES: A Mass of Christian burial will be held at St Anne / St Augustin Church, 383 Beech St., Manchester, N.H., on Friday May 24 at 11 a.m. Committal prayers and burial will follow at St. Augustin Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to help those in need.

Published in Union Leader on May 23, 2013