Gary J. Daniels

WILLIAMSTOWN - Garry J. Daniels, 72, of Weir Road, died Monday, June 16, 2014, at Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin.

Born on Oct. 16, 1941, in Bennington, he was the son of Edward Francis and Lila Eva (Morse) Daniels. He attended local schools, graduated from Bennington Catholic High School in 1959, and graduated from St. Joseph Business College in Bennington with an associate degree in business in 1961.

On Oct. 6, 1978, Garry married Ellen Jane Manwaring in Barre. Following their marriage, they made their home in Williamstown. The couple renewed their wedding vows in March of 1992 in St. Sylvester Catholic Church in Graniteville with the Rev. Francis Eksterowitz officiating. She died on April 1, 2013.

In earlier years, Garry had worked as the manager of Twin City Lanes in Berlin; as an administrative secretary for the Orange-Washington Supervisory Union; as the developer and manager of the former Astro Bowl in Berlin; as an investment representative for John Hancock Financial Services in Barre; as the office manager for the former Cassani Electric; and more recently he was the business manager for Riverside Motors in Montpelier and had worked for Price Chopper store in Berlin.

Together with his wife, Ellen, he had helped create the Williamstown Recreation Association and had served as president from 1987 to 1990. Garry also served as a selectman for Williamstown from 1989 to 1991.

He was a member of the Barre Elks Lodge 1535, where he had served as an exalted ruler, a trustee, the state chairman of the National Foundation Renovation Fund and local chairman for youth activities and Americanism. Garry was proud to be the master of ceremonies and moderator for the Vermont governor's debate, which was broadcast on WSKI and presented by the Central Vermont Underwriters Association.

Survivors include his children, Patricia Manwaring, of Boulder, Colorado, Shawn Manwaring and his wife, Becky, of Williamstown, Carolyn Manwaring Whitcher, of Barre, Sharon Manwaring and Fritz Betz, of Conroe, Texas; six grandchildren, Stephanie, Steven, Jason and Michael Manwaring and Megan and Devin Whitcher; a nephew, Rick, and three nieces, Debbie, Kelly and Terry.

Garry was predeceased by his wife, Ellen Jane Daniels; his parents; and his brother, Edward Daniels.

Family and friends may call at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre, on Thursday, June 19, 2014, from 5 to 7 p.m. A graveside service will be held in the St. Sylvester Cemetery in Websterville at the convenience of his family.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the St. Jude Children's Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to the National Life Cancer Treatment Center, P.O. Box 547, Barre, VT 05641.

Funeral Home

Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home - Barre
7 Academy Street, Suite 1  Barre, VT 05641
(802) 476-3203

Published in Times Argus on June 18, 2014