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DANIEL ROBERT KING


1956 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences Gallery
DANIEL ROBERT KING Obituary
KING
DANIEL ROBERT
Daniel Robert King was born February 19, 1956, to John and Florance (Derby) King, Sr. Daniel is survived by his loving wife, Janet Marie; daughter, Nina; and son-in-law, Michael Simelis; daughter, Kelsey; son, Daniel, Jr. "Packey"; son, Chad "Guini"; grandchildren, Ryder, Xavier, Carson, and Sebastian; by his brothers and sister, Joseph and Denise, Jim and Jane, Sandy, Patty, and the late Richard Castagna, Tootie and P.J., Peter King, Timothy and Toni, Matthew and Kimberly, and David and Terri; also preceded in death by John, Jr., Michael and Rosie, Pepi and Barbara, and Edward and Kimberly; also survived by many nieces and nephews, who will miss Uncle Danny. On Saturday, he was helping a neighbor, something that he has done so many times before, and unexpectedly suffered a fall. On Sunday, Danny King passed from the injuries he sustained from the fall. He was surrounded by his entire family and close friends. On January 11, 1986, he married Janet Yakovich, a girl he dated way back when he was 14 years old. Through this marriage, he gained his first daughter, Nina, who was 11 at that time. In December of 1986, Kelsey was born, 13 months later, Packey came, and in October of 1990, Guini was born, which completed the family. Family meant everything to Danny. You could always see him painting, coaching, swimming, talking, and interacting with his wife and children. Danny would be seen all the time walking his dogs along Perrysville Avenue, smiling and waving to anyone who beeped when they passed by. Danny was also an avid fisherman and always told the best fish stories. He made frequent fishing trips down at Three Rivers and went on deep sea fishing trips out of state. He traveled to North Carolina in his earlier years and also made trips to Maryland and Florida in just the past few years. Janet and Packey shared this passion with him and would always be right there by his side. Kelsey shared the love for adventure with Danny. She often traveled overseas and throughout the United States. Guini has become a handyman just like his dad, always trying to fix things and be as helpful as he could be to Danny. He was a loving Pappy to his four grandchildren, Ryder, Xavier, Carson, and Sebastian, who are going to be missing out on a great role model. Danny King began his career as a Pittsburgh Firefighter, following in the footsteps of his brother, Joe King-president of the Pittsburgh Firefighters. Danny was not only a Firefighter, he participated in everything, becoming Deck Hockey coach and a Brighton Heights Community Little League Baseball coach with his brother-in-law, P.J. - but it didn't stop there. He constantly participated with other firefighters in projects like the Special Olympics, Disabled Veterans Olympics, Wheel chair games, Spina Bifida Association, kids Christmas parties, Muscular Dystrophy Organization, Fill the Boot Campaign's, Paint your Heart Out (where every weekend they would go out and paint/refresh homes of neighbors in need, for free) and any and every program wherever he felt his presence/expertise was needed. Danny's real passion was dedication to anyone, anywhere who needed help. His brothers and sisters of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire respected Danny. Not only from his own experience as a firefighter, but more importantly, his work ethic, character, honesty, and integrity were irreproachable. Because of his 32 years of experience, his opinions and his advice commanded respect, especially at a fire scene. Danny was never one, as a firefighter, to take a rest or break, especially at fires. He was always on "the Front Line" demanding of himself. A firefighter never leaves a firefighter behind - and always places the citizen's health and safety ahead of his or her own. He's been a Steeler ticket holder since 1972, mostly enjoying the game with his father, Joe, P.J., and in more recent years, his children, sons-in-law, and Sluggo, who attend every game. There's always a steady group on the ramps. Danny King was also an Organ Donor. There are several people out there today that have a second chance in life because of Danny's willingness to share; something he has done for 58 years. We have a saying in the profession of firefighting "People live a lifetime wondering if they made a difference". Danny King will never have that problem, even in death. Just a little reminder from his big brother Joe - someone had better send a text to St. Peter and inform him Danny's coming home, so he can lock and nail everything down. Danny only retired from the Pittsburgh Fire Department after 32 years this year on January 17, never really having a chance to enjoy his retirement. There is nothing left to say that we haven't already told Daniel before he peacefully left this earth. With his family at his side and dog collars in hand, Daniel decided it was time to go on without us. It's without question that he was in the best hands possible at that tragic time. Thank you to all of the doctors and nurses at Allegheny General Hospital. Daniel has helped so many during his life and even after his death. Our respect and love for you will live on inside all of us as we unwillingly have to say goodbye. So this is it...Look over us as we age, guide us from above, stay by Mom's side, and always know that we love you, Dad. Friends may call Thursday and Friday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at O'BRIEN'S, 3724 California at Cooper Aves., N.S. Funeral Mass St. Cyril of Alexandria, Brighton Rd., Saturday 10 a.m. The family has requested in lieu of flowers, please submit a donation to the Pittsburgh Fire Fighter Local #1 "Coats for Kids Program". See more at: www.legacy.com/obituaries/postgazette/obituary.aspx?n=daniel-robert-king&pid=171483172&fhid=9812#sthash.1WPlRYKX.dpuf
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from June 25 to June 27, 2014
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