OWLS HEAD — Roland Maurice Daigneault, 82, native of Lewiston, died peacefully on May 9, in Owls Head.

He was born May 18, 1930, the son of Joseph and Edith (Beauchesne).

Roland married Alice (Lemay) in 1948, and they celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary last August. The couple raised their two sons while both working at the same textile mills, Roland working first shift and Alice, the second, so that one parent was always at home with the children. Dancing was a great love throughout their marriage and everyone loved to see them dance their favorite jitterbug. A devoted husband, the lifelong Lewiston resident moved with his wife to the Owls Head Homestead just over a year ago.

Roland worked in the card room at the Hill Mill, and later the Bates textile mill, for more than four decades, where he helped produce the famous Bates Bedspreads.

Following the mill closures, he worked as a courier for Fleet Bank and concluded his career at the local Walmart as a greeter, where he enjoyed making daily contact with former mill colleagues.

He served as president of the South Lewiston Little League from 1969 to 1974. An avid New England sports fan, Daigneault followed the Red Sox, Bruins and the Patriots, as well as the L/A Twins semi-pro hockey team during the 60s.

As a young man, he became involved with boxing and trained both amateurs and professionals at the Lincoln Street Gym in Lewiston.

A favorite activity while raising his sons was summer visits with extended family at the family camp in Winthrop, where they enjoyed water skiing. As a proud grandfather, he took great pleasure in traveling around the state to cheer on his grandchildren at swim meets and lacrosse games.

He also served in the Maine National Guard.

In addition to his wife, Alice, Roland is survived by his brother, Henry of Lewiston; two sons, Dan and his wife, Carol, of Rockport and David and his wife, Joann, of Lewiston; one granddaughter, Fayth of Lewiston; and four grandsons, Adam of Auckland, New Zealand, Evan of Portland, Ore., Travis of Lewiston and Caleb of Roxbury, Mass.

He was predeceased by parents, Joseph and Edith; and brothers, Normand and Robert.

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