, Port Arthur, Texas

January 14, 2013

Daigle keeps Senior Center lively

Morgan Jones
The Port Arthur News

PORT NECHES — On Thursday morning before eating lunch at the Port Neches Senior Center, Raymond Daigle and Don Barclay play a round of pool on the senior center's new pool table.

"It's good hand-eye coordination," Senior Center Director Sharon Lemoine said.

Sharon surprised the members with the pool table for Christmas.

"They like to have fun. It makes my job easy," she added.

"He has bowled the highest game," Barclay said about Daigle. The seniors play Wii Bowling at the center.

Raymond Daigle started going to the senior center after his wife passed away last January. "We were married for almost 66 years," he said.

He volunteers at the senior center, serving food when he is needed.

Daigle was born in Port Arthur and is a veteran, a retired Captain of the Air National Guard and a part of the 273rd Engineering Installation Squadron.

He was in the 101 Airborne Division during World War II and Battle of the Bulge.

"He actually went inside of Hitler's home," Lemoine said.

Daigle retired from Gulf in 1983 and now gardens and volunteers his time.

He volunteers at the Hospitality Center "three days a week."

When asked 'What do you grow in your garden,' he answers, "I grow everything but toenails," as the room filled with laughter.

Daigle grows onions, tomatoes, mustard greens, and many other things.

"He keeps us laughing all the time," Don Barclay added.

Daigle has two children, nine grand children, and ten or twelve great grandchildren.

He is the youngest of 15 children. "I'm the last one," he said.

"Saved the best for last, huh?"  Don Barclay said, laughing.

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