Mr. Sebastian ""Barry"" Daniels(1925 - 2013)

PORTLAND >> Sebastian "Barry" Daniels, 88, of Portland passed away Sunday (June 30, 2013) peacefully in his home. He was the beloved husband of the late Rose (Conti) Daniels. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle, great uncle, cousin and friend. His adoring grandchildren gave him the affectionate title of "Bepa," a name that he was called by many. He was born January 11, 1925 in Middletown, Connecticut, the son of Dominic and Biagia (Magnano) Daniele of Melilli, Sicily and Middletown. Barry was a member of the Middletown High School class of 1942 and attended Wesleyan University before enlisting in the U.S. Army. He served in both Europe and the South Pacific during World War II and was very proud to be a veteran. Upon returning from the war, Barry went to work for his father at Daniels - Scirpo Coal and later served as the President of Daniels Oil Co. inc. from 1961-2005. Even after turning the business over to his sons, he still worked at Daniels Oil every day, until his passing. Barry was a life member of both the Elks and the Knights of Columbus. He is survived by his three sons Barry, of Westbrook, Robert and wife Teresa and David and wife Carolyn Daniels all of Portland. He also leaves behind one grandson John Daniels and five granddaughters Nicolette Daniels Andolfo and husband Matthew, Lauren and fiancé Jonathan Geary, Cara, Morgan and Alisa Daniels. He was the brother of Gloria Godding of Portland and Dominic Daniels Jr. and his wife Betty of Westbrook and also the brother-in-law of Mary Distefano of Middletown. He will forever be remembered for his unconditional kindness and will be truly missed by all those who knew and loved him.
Funeral services will be Friday, July 5, 2013 at 10 a.m. at D'Angelo funeral home followed by a Catholic Mass at Saint Mary Church in Portland at 11 a.m. and a burial at Saint Sebastian Cemetery in Middletown. Friends may call at the D'Angelo funeral home at 22 South Main St. in Middletown on Wednesday July 3, 2013 from 4 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Saint Mary Church in Portland or to the Rose C. Daniels Memorial scholarship fund at Mercy High School in Middletown where his granddaughters attended.

Published in The Middletown Press on July 2, 2013