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John F. Daniels, Jr.
PITTSFIELD, MA John Francis Daniels, Jr., 75, born in Pittsfield, son of the late John and Audrey Pilon Daniels, passed away on July 27, 2012, after several months of illness, leaving his wife of 52 years, Brenda Daniels, his daughter, Karen Adamthwaite, and son, Michael Daniels. He also leaves a daughter-in-law, Ellen Daniels, a sister, Rosemary Hall, many grandchildren, nieces and nephews and will be missed by all.
He is joined in death with his oldest son, John Daniels Ill, who passed away recently from cancer.
Mr. Daniels was a graduate of the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut, after which he served two years in the Army and a year in the Army Reserves. He had a long career as an executive with many companies. He began his career at Remington Shaver and was responsible for obtaining several patents for that company in his early years. He became a vice president of research and development for Proctor Silex and from there became vice president for Milton Bradley Toys, Matchbox Toys, and Ertl Toy Co_ from which he ultimately retired. He traveled extensively during his career to places all over the world, including most of Europe, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Australia and Singapore.
In 2002 Mr. Daniels and his wife, Brenda, moved permanently to Sun City Center, Florida, where he became an avid participant in the fitness center and also served on the security patrol for many years. He was a past president of the Simmons Lake Association. He was a huge fan of the Red Sox. Golf was his passion for many years until he was forced to give it up due to health problems. During his lifetime his fascination with cars and airplanes was exceptional. There wasn't much he didn't know about these areas and being a history buff he was always learning new topics of interest.
FUNERAL NOTICE: Services will be private and at a later date to be announced.
In lieu of flowers donations can be sent in memory of John to the National Prion Disease Pathology Surveillance Center, 2085 Adelbert Rd., Cleveland, Ohio 4410
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on July 31, 2012
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"Dear Brenda, Jack was an especially special person who came into Ertl at a tough time for so many. We..."
- John Dunlel
"My thoughts and prayers are with you. I really enjoyed working with him at The Ertl Company. I..."
- Mary Stevens
"Jack was a wonderful, caring person and I truly enjoyed working with him at ERTL. My thoughts and..."
- Dawn Oelke
"We were so sorry to hear about Jack. We thought of you often. All of you are in our prayers. May you..."
- Jim Sheperd
"John, was a good friend during our high school years. We shared a lot of good times together. May God..."
- Larry Kilmer
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