James P. Daigre Sr.

July 2, 1927December 20, 2013

James P. Daigre, Sr., age 86, passed away peacefully in the presence of his loving family on Friday, December 20, 2013. Beloved husband of 54 years to the late Camille Barry Daigre. He is survived by his six children, Jay Daigre, Jr. (Janice), Kenny Daigre (Faye), Craig Daigre (Liesa), Ronnie Daigre (Evelyn), Debbie Bassil (Peter) and Diane Gatti (Jimmy); his grandchildren, Suzette (Ryan), Shannon (Adriane), Jared (Stacie), Darah (Andrew), Jeremy, Nicole (Johnny), Laura (Cody), David (Michelle), Keith (Christine), Crissy (Steven), Beau (Whitney), Blake, Britt, Sean (Jessica), Kayla (Brandon), Kelli and James, Jr.; his great grandchildren, Brennan, Laney, Bryce, Lily, Layla, Gracie, Braxxtyn, Nate, Luke, Liam, Maren, Eve, Kyle, Staci, Jenna and Isabella; his sister, Patricia Knipper and his wife by second marriage, Joyce Daigre. He was preceded in death by his parents, Heno and Katherine Daigre, his brother, Heno Daigre and his sister, Aurelia Bigner. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. Daigre was born in New Orleans, LA, raised uptown in St. Stephen’s Parish and has been a resident of Metairie, LA since 1950. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving during WWII and the Korean War. Mr. Daigre retired from NOPSI (Entergy). He was a parishioner of St. Catherine of Siena Church since 1950 and served as a Eucharistic Minister, usher, offerings counter and Adoration Adorer. He was a member of the Holy Name Society, St. Vincent de Paul Society, The Radio Rosary Guild and the Knights of Columbus. For his service to the church, he received the Order of St. Louis IX Medallion. He also received a Special Apostolic Blessing from His Holiness John Paul, II. Mr. Daigre was an avid LSU baseball and football fan. He enjoyed bowling most of his life and relished Louisiana seafood. He was deeply loved and will be greatly missed by everyone whose lives he touched. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visitation at Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home, 4747 Veterans Blvd., near Clearview Pkwy., in Metairie, LA on Thursday evening, December 26, 2013 from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM and on Friday morning, December 27, 2013 at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 105 Bonnabel Blvd. in Metairie beginning at 11:00 AM with a Funeral Mass to follow at 12:00 noon. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Masses may be offered or a memorial contribution may be made to the charity of your choice. The online guestbook is available at


  • Visitation Thursday, December 26, 2013
  • Visitation Friday, December 27, 2013
  • Funeral Mass Friday, December 27, 2013

James P. Daigre Sr.

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January 11, 2014

Sorry for you loss. We are praying for you.
Cindy and Lee Prange

Kenny Spellman

January 2, 2014

On behalf of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart Alumni Association and Brother Martin High School, I offer our prayers and condolences.

On a personal note, Debbie, Peter, Diane and Jimmy and family my prayers are with you.

Kenny Spellman ‘84
Alumni Director

Henry/Mary Salassi

December 29, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Leo & Darlene Plaia

December 27, 2013

We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this time of need.

Maria Ovella Siebenkittel

December 27, 2013

To the entire Daigre Family:

We are so sorry for your loss. Our daily thoughts and prayers are with you in this most difficult time of sorrow. Your Dad has left you with so many wonderful memories. His unconditional love for family and friends never went unnoticed. He had such an infectious smile that brightened up the world. He will certainly be missed by all who knew him. We will miss tooting the horn at him and him giving us that big wave and smile. May he rest in peace and now he is reunited with your sweet Mother living in the Land of the Lord.

With Deepest Sympathy,

Glenn, Maria Ovella, Sean and Megan Siebenkittel

Lisa Malinosky Alligood

December 27, 2013

Dear Debbie, Diane and the boys, I'm truly sorry to hear this sad news. It's been years since our families have seen one another but I still have fond memories of both your parents from my childhood. Like my mom, Jesus called Uncle Jimmy home to be a part of His birthday celebration! Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. xxoo

Winona P. Aguzin Gibbs SCS 67

December 27, 2013

Mr. Daigre was a wonderful and caring man. The world is a better place because of the kindness of my classmate's dad. I will forever be thankful to him for his support during those long, hard decades of personal sadness and dispair during my adulthood. He was a great walker and moved quickly with that friendly and welcoming smile! He was a well respected role model. In our grief, we know how much he did for many and how much he mattered to all.

Aldear Laiche

December 27, 2013

Jimmy was a true Vincentian serving the poor through the St Vincent de Paul society. You will be missed as much as you were loved, my friend. Blessings upon you, your family and friends.

Candy Cranch

December 26, 2013

May God be with you, Diane, and your entire family at this time of great loss. I know how special your Daddy was to you and I send our prayers to you.
Love from Candy and Steven Cranch

Michon Smith

December 26, 2013

Mrs. Debbie and Beau, We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this time of need.
With Deepest Sympathy, The Staff of Orthopedic & Sports Therapy of Kenner