Pittsford --- June A. Daggs of Pittsford passed away unexpectedly on October 7, 2020. She was born in 1936, a daughter of the late Howard & Alta Wilcox.
June led a full and fruitful life. She happily attended to the responsibilities of marriage and children, to grand parenting, and to relationships with parents, siblings and extended family. It was obvious to all that she took considerable delight in each familial role. In word and deed, she loved. Always.
For many years, June vacationed with her family on Opinicon Lake in Canada. There were new friends, excited children, constant fishing and communal campfires. She forged cherished memories there.
As an elementary school teacher for over 30 years, June shared her instructional and nurturing gifts with hundreds of children, many of whom sought to acknowledge and thank her as adults. She understood the value of serving young people.
In an era of digital acceleration and distraction, June was refreshingly unrushed, patient and traditional. She was graceful and stylish. She was wise. She owned many books but never a computer — an admission which seemed to garner consistent praise from others the longer she lived.
June loved cuisine and often remarked that food was one of God’s greatest gifts. Food was to be savored not hurried and, certainly, never wasted. The kitchen was the heart of any home she ever knew.
Her house was filled with art and heirlooms, antiques, pictures— plants. June had a green thumb and was an enthusiastic gardener. She didn’t seek perfection but, rather, pleasure in nature’s choreography and endless form. She was always appreciative of the yield.
June valued her many relationships and was a remarkable conversationalist and correspondent. Her timely and highly personalized cards never failed to express exactly the right sentiment. They were trademark June. She was generous with her time, her treasure and her talents.
And, of talents, June enjoyed a lifetime of song and music. After a decades-long hiatus from vocal performance in church and weddings as a young adult, she sang again at two family weddings upon her retirement. She then joined the Finger Lakes Choral Festival for 10 years and performed at venues including the Performance Hall at Hochstein School, the Chautauqua Amphitheater (a live radio production) and the Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall, home of the San Francisco Symphony. Rediscovering this long dormant passion was one of the greatest joys of her golden years.
June was enamored of all the arts – concerts, theater, cinema, exhibits, and literary events. She was a perennial patron of Rochester’s Geva Theater and frequently gifted tickets to friends and family. She availed herself of the best of any regional culture and thrived on sharing these experiences with loved ones.
Family and friends were everything to June. She was exceedingly loyal. Her retirement years in particular offered innumerable opportunities for her to reach out to others. She touched many lives and those who knew her were better for her genuine love and virtue.
Surviving is a husband, Joseph P. Salvatore; her sons, Scott (Dianne Mintmier) Daggs, Brett (Colleen) Daggs, Kurt (Dawn) Daggs; her grandchildren, Ryan & Lauren, Luke & Danika; her sisters, Joy (Jim Brady) Wilcox, Judy (Frank) Bennett and many nieces, nephews and dear friends.
In addition to her parents she was predeceased by her first husband, Richard A. Daggs
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, June 19, 2021 at 11:00 am in Alger Cemetery, Fillmore. Bob Schooley, pastor of the Centerville United Methodist Church, will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice Care in Naples, NY, who lovingly cared for Alta Wilcox (June’s mother), 7824 W Hollow Rd, Naples, NY 14512
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