FORT KENT – William F. “Bill” Daigle, 86, passed away peacefully Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, at a Caribou health care facility in the presence of family members. He was born Sept. 17, 1926, in Soldier Pond, son of the late Leo M. and Elizabeth (Brown) Daigle.
Following school, Bill commenced a long and productive career in the field of agriculture, which included the commercial raising of turkeys and, later, hogs. He combined his love of farming with potato-related activities, including starch production and, eventually, fresh-peeled and frozen potato products. Bill derived great satisfaction from providing employment for many area residents during periods of economic “ups and downs” in his native St. John Valley. He will be remembered for being a hard-working individual and creative entrepreneur. He was highly respected in the food-processing industry and was often sought out for his business expertise.
Bill was a devoted family man, especially when it came to his wife, Cora, and their children, Robert and his wife, Brenda Daigle, of Rockport, Regina and her husband, Donald Murray, of Wallagrass, and Russell Daigle of Temple, Texas. He is survived two brothers, John Daigle of Fort Kent and Patrick Daigle of South Salem, N.Y.; three sisters, Doretta Jalbert of Richmond, Va., Marilyn Knoy of Tulsa, Okla., and Patricia Kuhns of Gray; and two special sisters-in-law, Adrienne Daigle and Gloria Chadwick. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Justin Daigle, Erin Dow, Jack Murray, and Tristen and Taran Daigle; and five great-grandchildren, Patrick, Ian and Phoebe Dow, Camryn Daigle, and Sebastian Murray, who will dearly miss the caring ways of their beloved “Papis.” In addition to his wife of 62 years, Bill was predeceased by brothers, Leo and Richard Daigle.
A memorial service will be celebrated 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 30, at St. Louis Catholic Church, Fort Kent. Those who wish may donate in his memory to Crosswinds Residential Care, Resident Activity Fund, 40 Village Road, Fort Kent, ME 04743. Arrangements are a service of Daigle Funeral Home, Fort Kent.