ALMEIDA, Daniel E., of Tampa, passed away October 3, 2005. Danny was born July 2, 1935, in Ybor City, to the late Emilio and Inez Almeida and was preceded in death by his sister, Loretta Urso. His immediate family includes his wife of almost 50 years, Diana Toledo Almeida; his devoted daughter and son-in-law, the Honorable Denise A. Pomponio and Peter Pomponio; and his cherished granddaughter, Lauren Pomponio. He will also be missed by his extended family of many nieces, nephews, cousins and cherished friends. Danny was a wonderful son, husband, father, grandfather and friend. No one ever enjoyed a good laugh more than Danny. Danny's varied interests reflected his love of helping others, guiding young people, playing and teaching sports, and a genuine love of travel and the beach. A graduate of Jefferson High School, Danny lettered in football, track and baseball. His love of sports led him into a three-year career in professional baseball. He then went to work for the City of Tampa Fire Dep artment and rose to the position of captain; he was stationed for many years at Station 1, downtown. He was an active member of the Tampa Fire Sertoma Club. After actively retiring due to line-of-duty injuries, he returned to college and embarked on a new career teaching history and government to many middle school students in the Tampa Bay area. Danny's greatest legacy was influencing young people. He was actively involved in the West Tampa and Wellswood Little League program. He also was an assistant baseball coach at Hillsborough Community College. His teaching of life skills will be remembered and missed by many of all ages. Danny, accompanied by his family, visited 30 states and 58 countries in his lifetime. Most recently, they spent June in Florence, Italy, to celebrate Diana and Danny's 50 years of marriage. Another frequent spot was Sunset Beach. Danny at the beach is an unforgettable memory for his family and friends. The family wishes to thank the LifePath Hospice Burgundy Team and personnel at the Melech Hospice House for their outstanding care and compassion. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 6, 2005, at Marsicano-B. Marion Reed-Stowers Funeral Home, 4040 Henderson Blvd., with the Rev. John De Bevoise officiating. Honors will be afforded by the Tampa Fire Rescue Honor Guard. The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Danny's memory to LifePath Hospice, 3010 W. Azeele St., Tampa, FL 33609, or Tampa Fire Department Museum, 720 Zack St., Tampa, FL 33602. Marsicano - B. Marion Reed Stowers
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Published in TBO.com on Oct. 5, 2005