It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Lorne Daggett on October 4, 2010 at Vancouver General Hospital at the age of 90 years old. Lorne was born in Salmon Arm on December 1, 1919 and was part of the greatest generation Canada has known. He had many great stories to tell about his childhood growing up in Salmon Arm with his brothers and sisters, going to dances and working on the farm.
Lorne graduated from Seaside High School and went on to Oregon State College where he lettered in track and field events and earned a degree in Engineering. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force and served as a WWII Bombardier Pilot Officer. After the war, Lorne enrolled in McGill University in Montreal where he found great joy in playing football. One of Lorne’s greatest pleasures in life was football, and would never miss a BC Lions game.
Lorne was passionate about the Dry Cleaning Industry and built and sold over 100 dry cleaning plants during his career. He continued to work on perfecting his dry cleaning invention “The Dag” and hoping McGill would accept it for his Master’s thesis so he could complete the mechanical engineering master’s degree he started in the 1940s.
Lorne was a beloved Uncle to his many nieces and nephews who have fond memories of Uncle Lornie coming to visit. Lorne also enjoyed his grandchildren and would be sure to ask all about their school work, sports and jobs. He leaves behind his daughter, Diane Langston, and grandchildren Dan and Megan, and his sisters Helen Campbell and Dorothy Boyle. Lorne is also survived by his step children, Vivian Heistad, Wayne Pighin, Esther Woods, Carole Smith and Marcel Pighin and their children; his ex-wife Irma Daggett, as well as his nieces and nephews. Lorne’s many friends in the Dry Cleaning Industry will also miss him.
The family wishes to thank Irene Evans for providing excellent, dedicated care to Lorne over the last few years and to thank the staff at Vancouver General Hospital for their kindness.
We will miss you, Lorne!
Online condolences may be sent through Lorne’s obituary at www.bowersfuneralservice.com