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Daniel M. Waterman


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Daniel M. Waterman Obituary
Daniel M. Waterman, husband, father, Holocaust survivor, salesman and proud Dutchman, died at home in Middleborough on Oct. 27, of kidney disease. Born January 13, 1928, in the Dutch village of Loosdrecht, he was youngest of Barend and Henriette Waterman's five children. He attended the Kees Boeke Werkplaats, a progressive school that emphasized creativity. When he was 12, the Nazis invaded Holland and he went into hiding, living with a family far from his home. After the war, he came to America, settling first in Plymouth, then in Weymouth, with his wife Rita. Dan spent three decades working for Encyclopedia Britannica. When the internet killed the encyclopedia business, Dan reinvented himself by launching a successful online store, All Things Dutch, that specializes in food and gifts from his homeland. Dan was a skilled salesman whose high-octane personality charmed everyone he met. He was a talented gardener, a fan of Jeopardy! and a voracious consumer of news. He also loved the Cape, family photographs, cribbage and sweets, especially Dutch cookies and licorice. He always appreciated art and other beautiful things. In addition to his wife, he leaves his daughter, Daniela Altimari and her husband Dave of West Hartford, Conn., and his daughter, Miriam Whippen and her husband Tom of Kingston; and his beloved granddaughters, Sophia and Natalia Altimari. He will also be missed by his extended family scattered across the globe. He was predeceased by his siblings, Mirjam, Ellie, Dick and Chaja. Dan's family would like to thank South Shore Hospice for their compassionate care. A memorial service will be held in the spring. Donations in Dan's memory can be made to Jewish Family and Children's Service of Boston, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington or the Wadsworth Museum of Art in Hartford. He lived a big life on his own terms and his absence leaves a big gulf in his family's.
Published in The Weymouth News from Nov. 2 to Nov. 16, 2016
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