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Daniel R. Sweeney TIVOLI- Daniel R. Sweeney died suddenly at his home in Tivoli on May 12, 2013, Mother's Day. He was just 59 years old. As a young boy, Danny was stricken with Polio and as an adult fell victim to several health problems. Born in Elmhurst, N.Y. (Queens County), on May 17, 1953, he was the beloved, only son of Raymond E. Sweeney of Elizaville, N.Y. and Margaret H. (Sweeney) Hyland (nee Margaret Mullins) of Rhinebeck, both of whom survive. Danny was the only brother of Patricia R. Baker (nee Sweeney), who predeceased him in April 2006 and he is survived by his sisters, Barbara H. Fassett (nee Sweeney) and her husband, John Fassett, of Staatsburg and Susan M. Sweeney-Burke and her husband, David Burke, of Orlando, Fla. He is survived by his niece, Alison M. Wesolowski, of Middletown and his nephew, Justin D. Burke of Orlando, Fla., both of whom he loved dearly. Danny is also survived by his step-mother, Bobbie Sweeney of Elizaville, N.Y., her son, Jason Rogers and his wife, Joan, and her son, Joel Rogers and his wife, Carole. Survivors also include Danny's uncle and aunt, Gerard Sweeney and Arlene Sweeney of Elizaville, N.Y. and numerous cousins. Danny's early education was completed at St. Bartholomew's RC School in Elmhurst, N.Y. after which he attended Mater Christi High School in Astoria, Queens. He graduated from Pine Plains High School in 1972. Danny studied technical electronics and loved taking things apart to figure out how they worked or why they didn't work. He combined his education and his natural problem solving ability into a career as a Field Engineer with IBM, a position in which he took great pride and which opened many doors and gave him the opportunity to spend a summer working in China. In the mid 1970s a dream came true for Danny when he bought his Corvette which he adorned with license plates that read “Fantasy”. He loved to ride his Harley until the effects of childhood polio assaulted his body and weaken his left side, stealing away his ability to safely maneuver his motorcycle. He loved the view he had of the Catskill Mountains from his backyard and would often times spend a summer evening in a lawn chair watching the sun go down, amazed by the uniqueness of each and every sunset. Danny was a good-hearted, generous man with a sometimes odd sense of humor. He would tell decades-old stories and jokes that he had told many times over, always with the same enthusiasm and pleasure he had the very first time he told them. Through the efforts of the Ulster County ASPCA, Danny was introduced to his canine companion, Bailey, who he truly loved. For that reason, in lieu of flowers, his family requests your generous memorial donations be sent to the Ulster County ASPCA, 20 Weidy Road, Kingston, New York 12401. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 17th, 2013 at St. Christopher's Church in Red Hook, N.Y. The Father Patrick Buckley will officiate. Burial will be at St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery, Red Hook. Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes on Thursday, May 16th, 2013 from 2 to 4 & 7 to 9 p.m. Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Homes 7461 S. Broadway, Red Hook, N.Y.

Published in the Daily Freeman on May 15, 2013
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