March 7, 2007
The University of Maine at Fort Kent campus is mourning the loss of its oldest alumna, Irene (Pinette) Daigle, a 1922 graduate of the Madawaska Training School. Mrs. Daigle passed away on March 3 at the age of 102.
"Tradition and history are very important to us at UMFK. Irene (Pinette) Daigle represents many generations of Valley people who were born here, attended school here, taught here and raised families here. She was an active member of this community and we join her family in mourning her loss and celebrating her life," said UMFK President, Dr. Richard W. Cost.
Mrs. Daigle received her teaching certificate in 1922 from the Madawaska Training School (MTS), a forerunner of UMFK. She was born in Fort Kent in 1905, one of five children of Victorie and Annie (Nolan) Pinette. She lived on Meadow Lane in Fort Kent for 40 years.
Mrs. Daigle was honored as UMFK's oldest living alumni at a 2001 UMFK Alumni Association banquet. Since that time, she has held the UMFK gold cane, symbolic of the oldest living UMFK alumni.
Mrs. Daigle attended Aroostook State Normal School and the Castine Normal School prior to completing her college education at the MTS. She taught in local schools for nearly a decade prior to her marriage to David Daigle in 1930. The Daigles raised five children.
Mrs. Daigle was predeceased by her husband and by a daughter, Mary Elizabeth Daigle. She is survived by four children, Peggy Moore of Fort Kent; John of Fort Kent; Jim of Delray Beach, Florida and Fort Kent; and Janet of Portland. Mrs. Daigle also is survived by ten grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Daigle was an avid bridge player, having been a member of the Fort Kent, Madawaska and Edmundston Bridge Club.