Daniel Joseph Petraitis
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PETRAITIS, Daniel Joseph Age 51. Born October 14, 1957 in Red Bank, NJ. Lost his courageous battle with cancer, passing with grace on Wednesday, June 3, 2009 in Nashville, TN where he has lived for 20 years. Preceded in death by his father, Francis Petraitis; sister, Kathryn Petraitis Adams. Survived by mother, Kathryn Dorothea; brothers, Thomas Petraitis of Staten Island, NY, Mark (Judy) Petraitis of Eden Prairie, MN; beloved nephew, Scott Adams; his cherished children, Dylan Michael, Carson Edward, Sadie Angeline, Jedidiah Francis and their mother, Bridgett McGuire Petraitis; and scores of dearly loved nieces, nephews and friends in Nashville and across the country. Danny grew up in Sunken City, NJ, graduated from Christian Brothers Academy and University of Tampa, and moved to Nashville in 1989 to pursue his passion for playing, singing and writing music. Among the recipients of his generous talents were PLA Media, High Five Entertainment, Titans Stadium, The Road, and ASCAP's Annual Country Awards Show. His proudest, most joyful and grateful moments were with his children. Funeral service will be Sunday, June 7th, at 2 p.m., at Benton Chapel, 444 - 21st Ave. S., Vanderbilt Campus, 37212. Celebration and visitation to follow at St. Augustine's Chapel, 200 - 24th Ave. S., 37212. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Danny Petraitis Family Trust, c/o Diane Pearson, SunTrust Bank, 1026 - 17th Ave. S. Arrangements by WEST HARPETH FUNERAL HOME, (615) 352-9400.




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Published in The Tennessean from Jun. 5 to Jun. 6, 2009.
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June 27, 2009
Danny,
In my heart, you will always be a lively performer in "Synergy", and a crucial member of the "Family of Clowns". Keep singing and dancing!
Melissa
Melissa Barrett
June 12, 2009
To Bridget and all the Petraitis Family:

Please accept my sincere sympathy on Danny's passing.

I shall always remember and cherish how kind and courteous he was to me every time I visited Nashville either at the High Five Office or on a location. He always went out of his way to make me feel comfortable and welcome.

And I was always so grateful when he arranged entry for me to a variety of country music events not directly involved with High Five; be they at The Opry or in South Carolina.

And I shall always remember the great time I had at the end of Martin Fischer's wedding reception at the hotel when Danny played the piano for several of us into the wee hours of the morning.

in closing, let me say that I have been greatly saddened since the contact was lost with Danny after Bud's departure from the scene in 2000. But, mind you, I thought about you all many, many times over the years since.

And when I heard of Danny's illness, I prayed for all of you throughout these past many weeks.

It shall be my ongoing prayer that God will give you strength and His peace in these difficult days your are experiencing.

My love to you all.

Stan Schaetzle
Sumter SC
Stan Schaetzle
June 9, 2009
To me and my pals growing up in Sunken City ("Shorecrest" to our 1960's parents), Danny was one of the older kids in the neighborhood and was considered "cool". A regular at the Bodman Park basketball courts.
amen.
Tony Doyle
June 9, 2009
The brightest smile, the bravest heart, the most loving soul...these are the gifts God gave us when he gave us Danny. To have been part of his life and family is a gift I am so lucky to have been given. The last time I spoke to Danny, he sang to me. His songs will continue to inspire us. There is no doubt that as we doze off to sleep we will hear him singing and reminding us to be strong, to laugh, to love, to share and no matter what...live every day to its fullest.
Judy Petraitis
June 8, 2009
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Sharonda Blackman
June 7, 2009
Danny was a part of our family and will be missed. Mom loved hearing him sing and tell jokes. He even made Dad laugh a little.
Love to Bridgett and the kids.
Katha House
June 7, 2009
Brother Daniel was a shining star in this world. He was much loved by his friends at GMP during the years we spent working together. HIs talents and passion for creativity seemed endless. We will miss him. Our love goes to the Petraitis family.
Gary Musick
June 6, 2009
To The Petraitis Family
I am soo sorry about your loss.When you look out into the sky at night you'll see the brightest star and that will be him shining down because i look out everynight and I see a star shining and it reminds me of my best friend Kathy
Liz Robertson
June 6, 2009
I was at the Red Bank Jazz And Blues Festival in New Jersey today to hear Grupo Yuri, a band fronted by long-time music friend Yuri Turchyn on electric violin. Yuri introduced one of the songs dedicating it to a colleague who had just passed on and was knocking on heaven's door. It took the breath right out of me when the name he said was that of Daniel Petraitis, one of the most talented and nicest people that I knew.


I am glad to have had the chance to work with him in the studio and in live situations, and to have shared time with him and the others that we made music with. The last time I saw him was a couple years ago at a Twilight Concert benefit for the AIDS Resource Foundation for Children that he came back up to Jersey to perform with many of the people he played with for years, among them two of my family members... I never once figured that that would be the last time I would see and hear him.

My deepest condolences to Bridget, the children and the family.

I sure am gonna miss him... Rest In Peace Daniel. May we all be comforted by our memories of you in our lives.
Kenneth McGee
June 6, 2009
I am so sorry for your loss and Danny left us all with wonderful memories. He lived every day to the fullest. My fondest memory will be of him coming into the preschool to drop off the kids and most of the time stopping by the fellowship hall to play a tune on the piano. He filled the hallway with such special sounds, which just made our day! Please know that we are praying for you all at Glen Leven Day School.
Debbie Ferguson
June 6, 2009
TO THE PETRITTI FAMILY
I AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS.DANNY WAS A GREAT GUY.MOM AND I REMEMBER THE TIME WE WERE AT THE FREEHOLD FAIR AND DANNY WAS SO HAPPY FOR ME BECAUSE I GOT A SCRAF FROM ELVIS.AND ALL THE TIME WE WOULD CALL THE RADIO STATION FOR HIS SONG KATHY MY MOM AND ME.AND NOW YOU ARE IN ROCK N ROLL HEAVEN WITH EVERYONE
LEE ANN ECKHOFF
June 6, 2009
To The Petraitis family and those that were lucky to know him; How we will miss Brother Daniel! He had a tremendous spirit and better soul. I will miss his stories, his presence and his music, but I will always have his spirit, for that I will be eternally grateful. Rest in peace my brother and thank you for allowing me into your life.

I was and remain your "biggest" fan.
Big Joe Henry
June 5, 2009
I will always remember Danny for his excitement talking about spending time with his children as we shared the elevator on numerous occasions heading to our respective 6th floor Church street offices. The Tennessee Pharmacists Staff will miss you greatly.
Shawna Lightfoot
June 5, 2009
To the Petraitis Family,
Thank you for showing us all "WHAT LOVE LOOKS LIKE."
Deepest Sympathy & Sorrow,
Keith & Barbara Ann Voetsch & Family
Lincroft, NJ
Barbara Ann
June 5, 2009


To The Petraitis Family,
You are in our prayers.
Words cannot even begin to express our sorrow. We are thinking of you during this difficult time.
May your memories give you strength.
Kathy & Pat Kenny
June 5, 2009
We are sending all our LOVE & PRAYERS to Bridgett,Dylan,Carson,Sadie,Jedidiah & the rest of Danny's family & friends. Our hearts are breaking. LET THE MUSIC SING FOR ALL IN HEAVEN!!! You have just received a wonderful angel. GOD BLESS.
Pat & Lynn Axley
June 5, 2009
Thanks, Danny, for the laughs and heartfelt conversations. You will be remembered always.
Neil Bergman
June 5, 2009
May your music ring out in Heaven with
all the angels.
Catherine kenny
June 5, 2009
Sadie and Carson,

My deepest sympathies.

Love, Ms. Beebe
Patricia Beebe
June 5, 2009
Danny, you were the one-man welcoming committee for me when I came to Nashville in '93 - now you're working those mansions upstairs. Thank you for making this world a wilder, more wonderful, loving place.
randy moomaw
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