David M Daigle

Born:                May 18,1957
Died:                October,18 2010

Turtle Years:   1995-2004
Section:            Baritone

A Turtle’s Tribute:

David Daigle, 53, died on Oct. 18, 2010, of acute myelogenous leukemia that was first diagnosed in March of the same year. In August 2010, David received a stem cell transplant with his sister as donor to combat the leukemia, but had a recurrence of the disease within a month.

David was born in Lewiston, Maine, on May 18, 1957. He married Doug Frankel on July 4, 2006 in the Rose Garden at Stanley Park in Vancouver on their 11th anniversary.

David was a coach for American Airlines reservations department and worked for the company since 1986. He was a member of the Turtle Creek Chorale for 10 years and was a Black Tie dinner board spouse. When he turned 50, Daigle became an avid scuba diver and quickly earned his open water and advanced certification. He and Frankel traveled to dive in Cozumel, Florida, Roatan and the southern Caribbean. They did open water dives from cruise ships that offered it and have dived to 120 feet. He had been cleared to dive after his transplant but was unable to travel before the illness reappeared.

In addition to his husband, Daigle is survived by his son, Alex; his parents, Claire and Ray Daigle of Enfield, Conn.; his brothers and sisters Rick, Nancy, Randy and Lori; nieces and nephews and Frankel’s family. The funeral was held at Temple Emanu-el in Dallas on Oct. 20. A subsequent memorial service was held on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010, at Holy Family Church, in Enfield, CT. Frankel plans to scatter Daigle’s ashes on a deepwater dive on a coral reef off the Florida Keys. Memorial contributions may be made to Little Sisters of the Poor, 1365 Enfield St., Enfield, CT 06082.

—– This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition October 22, 2010: “David Daigle, 53, died on Oct. 18 of acute myelogenous leukemia that was first diagnosed in March 2010.

Daigle married Doug Frankel on July 4, 2006 in the Rose Garden at Stanley Park in Vancouver on their 11th anniversary. Daigle was a coach for American Airlines reservations department and worked for the company since 1986.

He was a member of the Turtle Creek Chorale for 10 years and was a Black Tie dinner board spouse.

When he turned 50, Daigle became an avid scuba diver and quickly earned his open water and advanced certification. He and Frankel traveled to dive in Cozumel, Florida, Roatan and the southern Caribbean. They did open water dives from cruise ships that offered it and have dived to 120 feet. In August, Daigle received a stem cell transplant, with his sister as donor, to combat the leukemia, but had a recurrence of the disease within a month. He had been cleared to dive after his transplant but was unable to travel before the illness reappeared.

In addition to his husband, Daigle is survived by his son, Alex; his parents, Claire and Ray Daigle of Enfield, Conn.; his brothers and sisters Rick, Nancy, Randy and Lori; nieces and nephews and Frankel’s family. The funeral was held at Temple Emanu-el on Oct. 20. Frankel plans to scatter Daigle’s ashes on a deepwater dive on a coral reef off the Florida Keys.” Published in Journal Inquirer from October 27 to October 31, 2010:

“David M. Daigle, 53, of Dallas, Texas, formerly of Enfield, passed away at his home on Monday, Oct. 18, 2010, after losing his battle with leukemia. Born in Lewiston, Maine, on May 18, 1957, he was the son of Robert (Ray) and Claire Daigle. He lived in Enfield most of his life before relocating to Dallas to continue his work with American Airlines. Before his diagnosis, David enjoyed singing with the Turtle Creek Chorale, was active in various charitable organizations, and was an avid scuba diver and world traveler. Besides his loving parents, he is survived by his life partner, Douglas Frankel of Dallas, Texas; his son, Alex of Madison; his brother, Rick and fiancée, Lynn Santanella; brother, Randy and wife, Becky, of Enfield; his sister, Nancy Prochaska and husband, Frank, of Stafford; sister, Lori LaRusso and husband, John; of Enfield; and several nieces and nephews who were the joy of his life, Kasey Daigle, Kristen, Brett and wife, Susan, and Courtney Pare, Renee and Steven Daigle, Joey, Justin, and Tanner Rush, and Jordan and Madison LaRusso; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010, at 10 a.m. at Holy Family Church, Simon Road, Enfield. Memorial contributions may be made to Little Sisters of the Poor, 1365 Enfield St., Enfield, CT 06082.”

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