On Thursday, March 28, 2013, Daniel Harry Freeland, a loving, sensitive, honest, trustworthy, father, son, brother, husband, and friend, whose heart was as large as his frame, left this world. Daniel was born in Rochester, NY on Sept. 1, 1985 to Harry and Shelley Freeland. He attended school in Greece, NY and graduated from Greece Athena HS in 2003. He swam competitively beginning at the age of 9 through high school where he holds the record for the 100 Backstroke. Daniel was an All American and was recruited by St. Bonaventure University where he helped them win the A10 Conference Championship in 2006. He graduated from SBU in May 2007 earning a BS in Elementary Education, a gentle giant who was 100% genuine and firmly a humanitarian. Daniel moved to Florida in 2007 and was married in Nov. 2008 to Katherine Urquhart. By nature he was a protector, who had no tolerance of bullies. Daniel was a protector of his family, friends, and joined the U.S. Army Reserves in 2011 to do the same for his country. As a law enforcement officer he upheld the highest standards to protect his community. Daniel would be the first to help a stranger in need. On Sept. 26, 2011 the light of his life, Jace Daniel Freeland entered his world. As a father, Daniel loved his son with all his heart. He is now and always will be Jace's guardian angel and Jace will always be our conduit to Daniel's memory. Daniel's love of motorcycles began as a teen and grew as he grew. He joined the Enforcers Motorcycle Club in 2009 where he found a family with the same passion for motorcycle riding and love of people, which is rarely found. No words can ever express the profound sadness and loss his father, mother, sister, wife, family, and friends are experiencing. There will always be an empty spot in the heart of those he touched and had the honor and pleasure to know him. The out pouring of support and love from family and friends at this time is a true testament of Daniel's character and innately kind disposition. Daniel is survived by his wife of 4 years, Katherine; son, Jace Daniel Freeland; parents Harry and Shelley Freeland; sister, Shawna, all of Port Orange; maternal grandparents Charles and Shirley Croop, Clark Mills, NY; paternal grandmother Sylvia Brown, Nelson, PA.; brother-in-law, Rik and Celeste Urquhart; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Fred and Dru Urquhart, of Port Orange; by his brothers and sisters of the Enforcers Motorcycle Club; aunts, uncles, cousins; and a plethora of wonderful friends. A college fund will be set up for Daniel's son Jace. Online condolences can be shared with the family at www.dalewoodwardfuneralhomes.com


Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Apr. 6, 2013