Dan always said he never had a bad day in his life, though there were a few minor setbacks. This, of course, is a great attitude to have when you’re one of the Frozen Chosin, pinned down by 60,000 Chinese soldiers. He enlisted in the Marines at age 18 and was a member of the American Legion in Roebling. He cheered the Eagles, Yankees and Flyers and if it swam he tried to catch it. If sports weren’t on his T.V. he’d probably be checking out Fox News. Dan was a meat and potatoes guy; hold the sides. Earlier years found him working at Occidental Chemical. He loved helping out at Varsaci’s farm where he’d drive the tractor and help the ladies load up their mums. Wednesdays were his special day with his best friends Tommy and Billy Cannuli.
A young lady named Elizabeth was becoming annoyed at the two young men on the next bowling lane who were bothering her while she was practicing for league. Their flirting eventually got her to write her number on a match cover; she tossed it in the air. Whoever caught it could call her. She’d hear from the much taller Dan the next night. Their 50 year marriage was tempered by patience and love and was blessed by a son, Brian (Christine) and granddaughters, Meghan and Brooke. He showered them with advice and if that didn’t work, some money. But what he did for one he always made sure he did for the other.
Come celebrate 83 great years, Monday 6-8 p.m. and Tuesday 10-11 a.m. at Sweeney Funeral Home, Riverside, where there will be a service at 11. Interment Lakeview Cemetery, Cinnaminson. In lieu of flowers donations to Samaritan Hospice, 3 Eves Drive, Suite 300, Marlton NJ 08053