Donald E. “Don” Daniels, 77, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014.
Don was born March 20, 1936, in Endicott, N.Y., to Harry and Margaret Daniels.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1959, and was honorably discharged at the rank of Corporal. Donald married Mary A. Reynolds on June 24, 1961, in Great Bend, Pa. They have three sons, Donny, Brian and Steve. The family relocated to Ridgway, Pa., in July 1975. He owned and managed a highly regarded State Farm Insurance agency until December 1997.
Don was known for his honesty and integrity while providing the very best customer service to his clients. He was a 4th Degree Knight of the Knights of Columbus Council 7672, an upstanding member of Elks Lodge 2378, and a lifelong devout Catholic gentleman. Don and Mary retired to Rotonda West, Fla., in 1997, where Don enjoyed caring for his pool and entertaining his children and grandchildren on their frequent visits. Don’s greatest joy was that his three sons acquired their bachelor’s degrees from the universities of their choice. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, Billy, Marcy, Katie, Meghan, Sean and Sarah; and great-grandchild, Angelina.
He is survived by his wife, Mary; sons Donny (Lynne), Brian (Kristin) and Steve (Cindy); brother, Harry; sister, Joyce; his grandchildren and great-grandchild; brothers-in-law, Dewitt (JoAnne) Reynolds and Bill (Martha) Reynolds; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. Don was preceded in death by his mother, Margaret; father, Harry; and sisters, Elena and Norma.
A viewing will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at Lemon Bay Funeral Home in Englewood, Fla. A Mass of Christian burial will follow at 11 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 5265 Placida Road, Grove City, Fla. Don will be laid to rest at Sarasota National Cemetery in Sarasota, Fla.
The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Don’s name to the St. Francis of Assisi Outreach Ministry, 5265 Placida Road, Grove City, FL 34224. You may express your condolences to the family at www.lemonbayfh.com.