Death • 02.03.12

Philip Wayne, 84, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 21 at Medical City Dallas Hospital.  His heart gave out after a bout with pneumonia.

Wayne was born in Canada on March 16, 1927. He came to the U.S. as a young man. He worked and lived in New York City for a time. He served in the Army during the Korean War.

Wayne earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas and a master’s degree in theater from Columbia University. He was a very successful Department of the Army entertainment director, with positions in Germany, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., South Korea and Fort Bliss. His productions were all of Broadway quality. He truly was a gifted, talented director/producer.

Wayne is survived by his niece, Louise Parnes; and nephews, Mark Spiegle and Lloyd Pollock, all of Toronto.

He is also survived by a number of great-nieces and -nephews and a host of friends in Dallas and elsewhere. Wayne will be interred at the National Cemetery in Dallas.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition February 3, 2012.

—  Michael Stephens

Anniversary: Brown-Monreal

BROWN-MONREAL | Kevin Brown and Leo Monreal will celebrate their 20th anniversary Monday, Feb. 7. The two met while students at the University of Texas at Arlington when both pledged the same fraternity and were also both members of a dance performance company. It was an immediate case of “opposites attract” that has continued to this day. Brown’s interests range from Sex and the City to jazzercize while Monreal’s interests range from bad “B” action and horror films to boxing. They share a love for animals and especially dogs and cats, as well as for movies, game nights, traveling and live theater. They also love spoiling their eight nieces and nephews and their five “fur children” — four dogs and one cat. Brown is an interior designer and Monreal is a police officer. (Photo by Tim Scheer)

—  John Wright

Deaths • 10.22.10

David Daigle, 53, died on Oct. 18 of acute myelogenous leukemia that was first diagnosed in March 2010.

Daigle married Doug Frankel on July 4, 2006 in the Rose Garden at Stanley Park in Vancouver on their 11th anniversary.

Daigle was a coach for American Airlines reservations department and worked for the company since 1986. He was a member of the Turtle Creek Chorale for 10 years and was a Black Tie dinner board spouse.

When he turned 50, Daigle became an avid scuba diver and quickly earned his open water and advanced certification. He and Frankel traveled to dive in Cozumel, Florida, Roatan and the southern Caribbean. They did open water dives from cruise ships that offered it and have dived to 120 feet.

In August, Daigle received a stem cell transplant, with his sister as donor, to combat the leukemia, but had a recurrence of the disease within a month. He had been cleared to dive after his transplant but was unable to travel before the illness reappeared.

In addition to his husband, Daigle is survived by his son, Alex; his parents, Claire and Ray Daigle of Enfield, Conn.; his brothers and sisters Rick, Nancy, Randy and Lori; nieces and nephews and Frankel’s family.

The funeral was held at Temple Emanu-el on Oct. 20. Frankel plans to scatter Daigle’s ashes on a deepwater dive on a coral reef off the Florida Keys.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition October 22, 2010

—  Kevin Thomas