Bryan Jeffrey Diggins

Bryan Jeffrey Diggins
The Man, The Myth, The Legend

Bryan left us the afternoon of April 09, 2018 taken from us too soon at the age of 58. Like any great myth or legend, he will never be forgotten. To all his friends and family, we would ask as he would want us to, please celebrate the life he lived and not the life he left behind.

You may have known him by any of his numerous aliases: Digger Dog, Digger, Diggie, Digs, Dead Eye Digger, The Hobbit, The Horse, GREAT Uncle Bryan or his famous tag lines, “Call me whatever you want just not late for dinner”, “my middle name is Jef-FRE-y for a reason, if it’s FREE it’s for me”, “I resemble that remark” or simply Bryan.

Bryan served proudly in the US Navy as a Gunners Mate in the early 1980’s, aboard USS Fort Snelling. He did multiple tours and was active during the conflicts at Beirut and Lebanon. He achieved both Bluenose status (crossed the arctic circle) and Shellback status two times over (crossed the equator). After Honorable Discharge from the Navy, he worked for twenty four years as a chemical technician at Schenectady Chemical, from which he retired. Digger currently enjoyed his part time job in the produce department at Hannaford where his “regulars” sought him out and were always happy to see him. He earned many free lunches because of his accolades for his customer service. He also spent a summer as a rodeo clown, something he was happy to check off his bucket list.

Bryan lived life at its fullest, had a story for every situation, an answer to any question, and would make you laugh even at times when you could hardly understand what he said and he was always the life of any party. He gave true credence to the phrase, “I know a guy”. “You got a pest problem call my nephew Jay, need something built call Andy or Pete Champagne, something else fixed call Brandon Uline.” His contact list was endless. He loved to help everyone. Of course, you may owe him a favor for it but fair enough.

He loved to volunteer, camp with Mary and Schuyler, hang out at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway, Cocktails at the White House with his boys, hang out with Adam and Jay at the Lake George Car Show (DODGE DART), and visit Aunt Joan for words of wisdom. He took daily “laps” around Ballston Spa and Milton to check in on his “bro’s” and other friends. He enjoyed tending to his lawn and landscaping, and took great pride in his vegetable garden. He was eager to share his bounty with many, many friends and neighbors. He loved and cherished his stepdaughter Schuyler and was especially proud of her academic accomplishments.

Bryan has played a huge role in so many of our lives in so many different ways, the memories are endless.

He is a brother, partner, uncle, great uncle and always a friend. He is kind and compassionate to everyone. He had a bigger than life personality and aura that you could not help be drawn to.

Bryan is predeceased by his loving parents John and Margaret Diggins.

Bryan is survived by his siblings John and Mickey Diggins, Linda and Dennis LaQue, Barb and Jan Lang, Kelly Diggins and Kurt Radz, Karen and Mitch Vanweerd, Robert and Rhonda Diggins, Holly and Arthur McWain; aunts Joan Nowhitney and Marion Hayes; nieces and nephews Anne, Adam, Jason, Matt, Nathan, Eric; great niece and nephews Zack, Jayde, Anthony, Cierra, Brandon, Eliza, William, Austin, Shane, Tyler; partner and best friend for life, Mary Arnold, Mommasu; stepdaughter Schuyler Arnold; Partner in Crime and shadow, Duke (because he would keep all of Bryan’s secrets safe, just wag his tail and bark); AND many many FRIENDS.

Funeral services will be held 10am Friday, April 13 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial with military honors will follow at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, April 12 from 4pm to 7pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the National Veterans Foundation, or St Mary’s School, Thompson Street, Ballston Spa.

Celebrate his life with us at the VFW on E North Street, Ballston Spa on Saturday 04/14/18 @ 2:00 pm

Guest Book

John Metz

Hey Bry...sorry I missed this...I remember when Pip told me...I was talking with last week at Hanaford.....see ya when I see ya buddy

Jill Shepherd

Deeply saddened to hear of Bryan's passing. Sending my most sincere condolences to his family and loved ones. May wonderful memories ease your sorrow, and help to keep Bryan alive in your hearts.
Digger's youthful spirit and lust for life were intoxicating. The Dogg was truly an original, one in a trillion. I'll miss his humorous antics.

Rest peacefully my ole friend.

Jill Kunz

Mary so sorry for your loss, you and your families are in my thoughts and prayers...

Laura Orminski and family

Mary and Schuyler,
My heart goes out to you both. May the memories shine a light on your grief. Our prayers are with you!

Diane Conti

Mary & Schulyer,
So sorry to hear of your loss. Losing someone so dear to you so quickly is never easy. I am hopeful the loving memories help with your healing. Please take care of yourselves.

Cathy Boucher

Mary, Schuyler and Family,
So very very sorry for the loss of your Digger. He will be so missed.

He left a big impression on our hearts and we shall never forget him.

Rest In Peace Diggy,

All our Love,
Cathy and Bob Boucher

Maureen Martinez

To the family:
My deepest condolences with your loss. God promised that soon he will:” Wipe out every tear from our eyes, and death will be no more, neither mourning nor outcry or pain be anymore.”(Revelation 21:4)
May God continue to strengthen you all during this difficult period.

Becky Harbour

Digger, you are one of a kind! It was a pleasure to know you, thank you for being you. You will surely be missed. Rest easy my friend.

Ken and Sue Reksc

Our hearts go out to you and family. Sometimes are loved ones are taken from us too early. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

Marsha Older

To my family Bryan's passing is going leave a lot of empty hearts. But his smile and joy for life will live on. My deepest sympathy to John, Linda, Karen, Barb, Kelly, Holly, Robert and to his life partner Mary and daughter Schuyler. Sending much love during this difficult time.

Vinod, Meena, Bharat and Arjun Bhaga

It was and will always be an honour to have met you Digg. Larger than life, thunderous laughter and all giving love you showed to us and for sure, to all people you met. You are the Lord's angel shared by Him for us to enjoy. Go back to Him and rest in Peace. We will always love you as our "brother from another mother"

Susan Olszewski

Mary and Schuyler,
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We know how hard this is, having just been through it. Please know our hearts and our prayers are with you
Noelle and Sue Olszewski

Peter Major

Mary, Schuyler and Digger's family,

I had the great pleasure on getting to know Digger over the last 10 years. It is with a very heavy heart that I received this news. His lust for life was incomparable and uplifting. He will be missed greatly by all. A life lived with joy which we should all try to emulate. RIP Digger.


Peter C. Major

Claudia Caradori

I am so blessed to have known Digger. He was bigger than life, and touched so many. I knew him as kind and funny and loving to all, and so in love with his partner in life, Mary. His body may no longer be with us, but his spirit is just a whisper away.

Lisa & Tom Surprenant

Mary -

Words cannot express how sorry we are to hear of Digger's passing. He was one of the nicest people we ever had the opportunity to meet, share a meal with and laugh til we cried. Hugs and Kisses my friend.

Carol & Donald Lang

What a truthful write up you got Brian, you were an amazing man and friend we will miss you! See you on the other side and have a cold one waiting!

Walter J. Fisher Jr.

Digger Your the Man I will always Love You and you will always remain in my thoughts. It’s been a rough day for me, missing you so already, knowing that you will never give me those big bear hugs or even get to come visit us here in Arizona like we had thought. Rest a sure Digger, we will cross paths again until then, I love you, R.I.P. and I’m so glad I ever meant you and you made me a better person for ever knowing you. I keep reading over and over the obituary Mary wrote. So sad for you leaving us so soon, but no one could write it more fitting or more to the point as Mary did, she nailed it. Love You Digger, until we meet again!!!

Lisa Vrooman

Mary and Schuyler, I am so VERY SORRY For The Tremendous Loss Of " Diggie " He Was The BEST. I Will Miss Him Terribly and All His Jokes and Shenanigans!! Camp Won't Be The Same! Much Love and Hugs Being Sent Your Way. RIP Diggie See Ya Later.

Kathy DelGiacco

I’m so sorry to hear of Digger’s passing. I wish I could express how much joy and life he brought to our Hannaford family! I so looked forward to him coming to visit even while he’d been home recovering. His passing has certainly left a void in our team and we will always hold his laugh in our memories.


Diggies passing is truly heart breaking. He will be dearly missed. Good or bad, he left a lasting impression. Gone but never ever you diggie dog.

Heather Monroe

So sorry for your loss. Digger will certainly be missed by all of us at Hannaford. He always had a smile and added to our day!

Danielle Freebern

Digger was a very kind amazing man who always made you feel like you were his friend. I have many fond memories of him even in the few short years I’ve known him. He always treated my children as they were his own. RIP Digger. My condolences to his family.

Doug and Robyn

Mary and Schuyler, So sorry for your loss. Very few people have a tribute written as we just read. Digger was truly a kind person with a good heart and know that he will not only be missed by both of you, but the many people whose lives he touched. With deepest sympathy, Robyn and Doug.

Steve neighbor

Life is short and you lived it to the fullest. I'll miss you and will be reminded daily of your presence in my life. RIP brother

Russ “Clem” Clements

Sorry to hear this news. Digger was a great guy and we shared a lot of laughs together back in the day. He will be missed...

Kathy Vedder

Fly high buddy you were a good person rest in peace

Bonnie Wacksman

Mary, so sorry to hear about Digger. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. May he Rest In Peace!