On Tuesday, September 27, 2022, Dayl Patrick Willette, at the age of 68, was called home to be with his mom and dad, and his brothers Royl, Gerryl and Kendyl.
Our world has lost a wonderful son, a wonderful brother, a beloved husband and, above all, an extraordinary father. Born a twin (surprise) on January 8, 1954 in Saranac Lake, the seventh child of Addie M. (LaFountain) and Paul A. Willette, Dayl of Bloomingdale’s Willettes, died peacefully with family by his side at his home in Plattsburgh.
Dayl Patrick was baptized on February 28, 1954, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, with godparents Sylvia and Edmund Bouyea. As a young boy, Dayl served as an altar boy in his parish. On September 30, 1967, Dayl was confirmed by Bishop Donellan. His godfather was Gary Fletcher. About 10 years later, on December 12, 1976, Dayl became the confirmation sponsor of his brother Royl.
Along with his younger twin sister (Kristyl), Dayl attended Bloomingdale’s Elementary School, St. Pius High School, Saranac Lake High School, and then graduated from North Country Community College with a degree in Criminal Justice. Soon after, Dayl (affectionately known as Bernie) and her brother Poochie (Loweyl) attended New York State Correction Officer’s Academy together. Dayl retired from Clinton Correctional Institution after 25 years of service.
So many fraternal feelings and memories to share. When he was a young boy, Dayl tried to protect his bike from his little brothers. He religiously secured his bicycle with a padlock so that his little brothers could not ride it. Erryl found the key and cycled every day for half a summer. Erryl was so small his feet couldn’t touch the ground. He was trying to learn to ride a big brother’s bike. He would return the bike, secure it in the parking spot, and hand over the key to its hiding place. Dayl knew that the bike was not placed exactly as he had placed it. So, one day after half summer was over, he set a trap and grabbed Erryl, chasing him and catching him on the bike in Mrs. Carey’s yard. Dayl said to Erryl: “That’s enough!”
Dayl and his best neighborhood friends, Chris R. and Paul A., hunted the nocturnal caterpillars, then went fishing at the local Curtis pond, where everyone knew there were no fish. After a while with no luck, the boys would go to Norman’s Pond and catch their limit of trout.
Dayl and his friend Dave G., while learning the ropes of their first job for the town of St. Armand, working on a hot summer day, they felt it was too hot to work. After lunch, they took their tennis rackets and in the city park began to play tennis. They loved the game of tennis. Their boss finally found them and asked, “Why don’t you work? » To which they replied: “Too hot, boss.” The boss said: “Good game, because you are fired! » (Valuable lessons on how to negotiate future employment opportunities).
All summer, Dayl and Dave G. hosted the Whiffle Ball World Series in the city park with local spectators to cheer them on.
On our hot summer nights in Bloomingdale’s, Dayl and fellow friend Jim R. would grab some of their favorite drinks and cruise the roads of the Adirondacks in their hot rods, until the drink was completely consumed or they get too low on gas before going home.
As a child, Dayl learned to play hockey at Bloomingdale’s rink with his brothers and friends. He played on local school teams and continued into adulthood. Dayl loved his hockey game.
These are just a few rare memories from the life of Dayl growing up in her beloved Bloomingdale’s with many siblings and friends.
Then Dayl fell in love. On February 19, 1994, Dayl married his sweetheart Caroline Joseph. Then in 1995 they welcomed their daughter Jamyla, then Sarah came, and yet another daughter Dayline, completing their beautiful family. If you asked Dayl, his greatest accomplishment wasn’t his “hockey,” or his career. It was being a father. He adored his daughters and they adored their dad.
Dayl was predeceased by his parents and by three brothers, Royl, Gerryl and Kendyl.
He is survived by his wife Caroline, his children Jamyla, Sarah, Dayline, as well as his mother-in-law Marguerite (Gramma) and his sister-in-law Marjorie. Dayl is also survived by her nine other siblings: Darryl, Cheryl, Karyl, Micheyl, Randyl, Kristyl, Loweyl, Erryl and Russyl; and by many nieces, nephews, countless extended family members and newfound family. Everyone held him in high esteem and loved him very much.
Dayl’s tireless love and devotion to her family was evident until her final moments. We will always cherish her charming dimpled smile, funny laugh, and soft, kind eyes.
Funeral arrangements are handled by Heald Funeral Home, 48 Court St., Plattsburgh, NY. There will be no calling hours. The funeral will be held at the convenience of the family at a later date. Those wishing to honor Dayl’s commitment to her family may make memorial donations to the Adirondack Health Kidney Dialysis Unit in Saranac Lake in care of the funeral home. Family and friends can also share their memories and sign the guest book online at Heald Funeral Home.
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