Daniel M. Terrizzi
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An ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) diagnosis in 2004 did not keep Dan Terrizzi from living life his way. Dan walked away from his doctor's announcement of certain death determined to experience the positive aspects ahead and leave negative influences behind. A settled resident of Arlington, VA, Dan met Joy, his true love and inspiration, to share his dreams. Together, along with family and friends, he travelled, enjoyed unique food experiences and followed his heart, exploring new adventures. He continued his passion for writing, creating and inventing. His books and campaigns for ALS and other illnesses, along with developing gadgets for independent living, satisfied his creative thirst and inspired others. Though long confined to a wheelchair, Dan continued his work. A recent long hospitalization halted his progress permanently. Dan was forever grateful to his mother and father (Nancy and Bob), family, relatives, friends, and especially Joy, for supporting his dreams and wishes.
Dan was born on December 27, 1962 in Wilmington, DE. He attended John Dickinson High School and was a graduate of West Virginia University. Prior to his illness, Dan was employed as a senior writer - creative director with an advertising agency in Georgetown, Washington, D.C.
Dan is survived by his parents, Robert and Nancy Terrizzi of Hockessin; brother, Matthew Terrizzi of Wilmington; sister, Lynn Rooke, brother-in-law, Steve Rooke, and nephew and niece, Nathan and Olivia Rooke of San Jose, CA; Joy Carroll of Arlington, VA; and many loving relatives and friends.
The visitation will be held at St. John the Beloved Church, 907 Milltown Road, Wilmington on Friday, October 25 from 9:00-10:00AM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00AM. Interment will follow in St. Joseph on the Brandywine Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Dan may be made to Howard I. Abrams In-Home Care Program, 321 Norristown Road, Suite 260, Ambler, PA 19002 or the ALS Hope Foundation, 1333 Race Street, Suite 201, PO Box 40777, Philadelphia, PA 19107.
To offer condolences, visit
Doherty Funeral Homes - Pike Creek
3200 Limestone Road Wilmington, DE 19808
Published in The News Journal from Oct. 23 to Oct. 24, 2013