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Donald A. Dagle

August 5, 1936 — December 10, 2022

Shrewsbury, MA

Shrewsbury - Don Dagle would often say “friends are worth more than gold".  His family valued his advice and candor, offered with a healthy dose of love and support. Don Dagle was truly one of the good guys. His heart was always in the right place over his extraordinary eighty-six years. 

Don died Saturday, December 10, 2022 with his family at his side.  

Born on August 5, 1936 in Worcester he was a son of the late Timothy A. and Teresa M. (Leahey) Dagle. He graduated from the former Sacred Heart High School (1955) then joined the United States Army.  For over thirty-five years, along with his brother, ‘Tippy’ he was a crew lineman for Mass Electric. He would often remind co-workers and family that “the money is at the top of the pole…and you need to climb it!”  Don served more broadly through his role as vice-president of the IBEW #1049 Union.

Don was a security officer for Spag’s. He also served as an Auxiliary officer for the Shrewsbury Police Department alongside his brother, Kevin, a Shrewsbury Police Detective. Don was very involved in Shrewsbury’s D.A.R.E. Program. 

He was a familiar and much-loved face all around Shrewsbury and beyond. He loved his brother Knights and their families while active in the Adelphi Council #4181 Knights of Columbus in Shrewsbury, where he served as Grand Knight and 4th degree member. Don enjoyed volunteering at every opportunity and playing bocce with his brother Knights. 

Don loved a good book, the daily newspaper, Patriots, Celtics and Red Sox games.  He also enjoyed coffee and conversation with friends at the Shrewsbury Senior Center.  He was a member of Saint Anne’s Parish.  

He had a fantastic sense of humor and will be forever remembered for his quick wit. His happiest times were spent with his loving wife, Emma, his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends. He was extremely proud of them all, and he made it a point throughout his life to make sure that they all knew it.   

Don’s marriage to Emma provided them with more than twenty-six years of wonderful memories, closest friendship and Emma’s amazing cooking.  

Don was reunited in Heaven with his son, James K. Dagle and siblings, Raymond Dagle, Sister Teresa ‘Babe’ Dagle, Timothy ‘Tippy’ Dagle, Kevin Dagle and Mary Montiverdi. 

Don leaves behind his beloved wife Emma L. Dagle, and his sister Barbara Renaud of Las Vegas. He also leaves his children, Robert A. Dagle and his wife, Nicole of Plantation, Florida, Steven M. Dagle and his wife, Laura of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Michael P. Dagle of Crossville, Tennessee, Michael J. Simone Jr and his wife, Cristiane of Northborough, Lisa S. Loughlin of Worcester and Carl W. Simone of Shrewsbury; his grandchildren, Brennan P. Dagle MD, Anastagia Pierre, Christopher Dagle, Michael Dagle, Tucker Dagle, Benjamin Dagle, Emily Dagle, Ellie Dagle, Jeremiah Dagle, Priscilla Sena and Raymond Loughlin III, as well as great-grandchildren Griffin, Avery and Reagan. He also leaves behind many adoring nieces, nephews and friends.  

Family and friends will honor Don's life by gathering for calling hours on Saturday, December 17th from 9:00 - 10:45 a.m. at Saint Anne's Church, 130 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury, followed by his funeral Mass at 11 a.m.  Military honors will follow the Mass. 

The Adelphi Council #4181 Knights of Columbus will perform their ritual at 10:45 a.m. in the church

In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name should be made to The Brian Dagle Foundation, 461 Main Street, Niantic, CT 06357 or Brian's Healing Hearts | Dedicated to Healing Grieving Adults (  

Arrangements by James & John Heald of The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street, Waltham.

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Service Schedule

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Calling Hours

Saturday, December 17, 2022

9:00 - 10:45 am (Eastern time)

St Anne's Roman Catholic Church

130 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury, MA 01545

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Funeral Mass

Saturday, December 17, 2022

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

St Anne's Roman Catholic Church

130 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury, MA 01545

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