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Fred Daniel

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Fred Daniel Obituary
December 24, 1931 - November 25, 2017 One of the last of the good guys is gone. Fred Daniel, also known as dad, grandpa, great-grandpa, and Boomer, passed away November 25, 2017, in the arms of his wife, Shirley, his companion for over 67 years. Always a larger-than-life character, Fred leaves a gaping hole in the lives of all who knew him. Fred was born on December 24, 1931 to Goldie and Harry Daniel in the Bronx, NY. He attended Rutgers University, where he met his bride-to-be, and began his 35-year career with Sears Roebuck just days after graduating. He quickly began rising through the ranks, and ultimately landed at their Chicago headquarters, where everyone who worked with him respected and admired him and considered him a friend. His professional role afforded him the opportunity to travel the world, and his oversized personality was appreciated in many languages and cultures. He made friends everywhere he went and treasured these relationships. Despite his Jewish upbringing, he embraced the role of Sears' headquarters unofficial Santa, regaling audiences in his own personal Santa suit every year. Fred was cherished by his family for his love, guidance, support, and generosity. Each of his children and grandchildren had a unique relationship with him, and all of these created the mosaic of his life. But above and beyond all was his relationship with his devoted wife, Shirley. She raised four daughters with him, accompanied him on most of his overseas trips and, following his early retirement, enjoyed life by his side nearly 24/7. Fred will be dearly missed by his adoring family, who hold his memory in their hearts and minds. He is survived by his wife Shirley, daughters Terry Jones (Bill), Marcia Daniel (Danny Kliman), Lori Daniel, and Jane Taubman (Joe); grandchildren Alex Wrem (Tal Grunwald), Nick Wrem (Anna), and the "Taubman triplets," Zachary, Samantha, and Gabrielle; and great-grandson Eli Wrem.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Dec. 5, 2017
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