HAVERHILL — James E. Daggett, 91, devoted husband of 64 years to Theresa L. (Amirault) Daggett, and loving father to John, J. Michael and William Daggett, passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 19, 2013, at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House.
Born in Haverhill on April 9, 1922, he was the son of the late John and Maryalice (McCaughy) Daggett. Jim was a lifelong resident of Haverhill and attended Haverhill Trade School. He enlisted in the U. S. Army on March 31, 1944, and proudly served our country during World War II in Europe and Japan. He was honorably discharged in 1946. He continued to support the military and its veterans, and faithfully attended the annual Haverhill Veteran’s Day Parade. Every five years, he traveled to meet with the squad he served with. He decided to share his experiences while in Europe and Japan, and authored the book, “So Long Ago,” which available at the Haverhill Public Library.
Jim worked as a sheet metal fabricator at the Charlestown Navy Yard until his retirement in 1972. Jim obtained his real estate license in 1958, and was the owner of Daggett Real Estate in Haverhill for over 28 years. He also worked alongside his son, Mike, the former owner of Seafood Etc. In his spare time, he would travel, read, and play cards. He was a true history buff and had an extensive collection of military artifacts from the Civil War, Spanish American War and World War II.
Most of all Jim was a “family man,” devoted to his wife and sons. He was always there for them and supported them in all they did. They will always cherish the memories of the wonderful husband and father he was.
The Daggett family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of the Merrimack Valley Hospice for their compassion and kindness towards their Dad. A special thanks to hospice nurse, Paul Proulx, and home health aide, Noel Santiago, for their care during the home visits with Jim. They are angels on earth!
In addition to his wife and sons, Jim is survived by his grandchildren, Renee Foye , Ashley Marr and Matthew and Meghan Daggett; a great-granddaughter, Eliana Foye; and daughters-in-law, Pam and Anne Daggett.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services for Jim will be privately held on Monday, September 23, in St. James Cemetery. There will be no calling hours at the request of the family. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Jim’s memory to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box, 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675, or to the Merrimack Valley Hospice House, 360 Merrimack Street, Bldg. 9, Lawrence, MA 01843. Arrangements are under the direction of the Linnehan-Grondin Funeral Home, 129 Kenoza Avenue, Haverhill. For more information and to send condolences, please visit, www.linnehan-grondin.com.