GOSHEN - Daniel C. Lashway, Sr., 72, of East Street, died Sunday, April 13, 2014, after a brief but courageous battle with cancer. His family had the privilege of caring for him during his last days, so that his wish to remain at home could be carried out.
Born Dec. 22, 1941, in Northampton, he was the youngest of 16 children to the late William J. and Myrtie Belle (Nutting) Lashway. He attended Amherst schools and graduated from Amherst Regional High School in 1959.
After working in the lumber business as a young man for both his father and his brother, he established Dan Lashway Lumber in 1969. He was known for being a perfectionist and very meticulous, particularly when it came to his product and equipment.
He will be remembered for his love of travel, trucks and trains. He was an honest and generous man who without hesitation would help those in need. He loved his family with all his heart and will be greatly missed by all of them.
He and his wife loved to travel. They made many trips throughout the country visiting national parks and historic places and recently spending winters in Florida with family and friends.
Dan is survived by his wife of 51 years, Diana (Damon) Lashway; his son David T. Lashway and his wife Tara of Goshen; his two daughters, Deborah L. Soto and her husband Dan of Goshen, and Elizabeth L. Proccacini and her husband Matt of Farmington, Conn.; five grandchildren, Danny, Devon and Damon Soto, and Lauren and Jered Young; and his mother-in-law Alice K. Damon. He is also survived by three brothers, Lawrence L. Lashway of Williamsburg, William J. Lashway, Jr., of Leeds, and Harry R. Lashway of Palm Coast, Fla.; five sisters, Alice L. Adams and Joan B. Olanzk of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Joyce A. Matuszko of Amherst, Ethel Bozek of Feeding Hills, and Harriet L. Eddy of Leverett; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by a son Daniel C. Lashway, Jr., three brothers, Edward, Leonard and Richard, and four sisters, Margaret Poole, Florence Powers, Helen Adams and Mary Nuzzi.
The family will receive friends Monday, April 21, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Douglass Funeral Service. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, April 22, at 10 a.m. at St. Brigid's Church in Amherst. Burial will follow immediately at St. Brigid's Cemetery in Hadley.
Donations in Dan's memory may be made to Hospice of Cooley Dickinson Hospital, 168 Industrial Drive, Northampton, MA 01060, and/or The
, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.
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Douglass Funeral Home
87 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01002
Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Apr. 16, 2014