ST. ALBANS- The train whistle ringing through St. Albans in the dead of the night will sound a little lonelier tonight, Daniel Joseph Dziedzic lost his brave battle with cancer.
Son, brother, Navy man, husband, father, grandfather – Dan was devoted in every role. Dan truly excelled at life and living. He was born in Dover, N.H. on the Great Bay. He loved the natural beauty of the woods, river and farm country of his hamlet tucked close to the ocean.
In his youth, Dan could be found exploring the ocean at Hampton Beach, fishing wherever he could, always exploring his natural environment. Dan loved the beach, the sound, colors and the smell of the salty air. He loved his fried clams.
Dan met Michele in Durham, N.H. at a dance. He gave her his draft card so to ensure they would meet again while Michele was in Concord attending nursing school. They blossomed a romance that lasted decades. Dan and Michele settled in St. Albans, where Michele worked as a nurse and Dan found work at Fonda Container. He adapted quickly to his new “inland life” of the Green Mountains and replaced his love of the ocean with his new passion for the Inland Sea of Lake Champlain.
He was quickly adopted by his new family, the Bissonnettes. Dan enjoyed many years with his brother-in-law, Archie and his family and his new in-laws, Donut and Mary.
In his early married life Dan could be found playing softball, taking “a few casts” down on the lake or just taking a ride with Michele. Dan then had two sons, John and Donald, who quickly learned the virtues of life from Dad. Tromping through the trout brooks and woods with Dad we learned quickly – Dad was an outdoorsman, a lover of animal life and all around cool guy. The lessons were endless from Dan’s originality and approach to life. Laugh hard, care deeply, relish every moment and celebrate all that makes up who you are. Dad/Dan showed us the way. Dad/Dan was the king of High Street on his throne overlooking the Green Mountain Kingdom from his beautiful home he built off Ashton Drive. Dad/Dan was lucky and rich in life by the value he found in us and the richness of personality he showed us every day.
The crack of a baseball bat, the celebration of a big fish caught, the accomplishment of life’s various challenges will all be met with our dad, grandparent, husband, and friend (Danny) in mind.
Dan is survived by his wife, Michele, sons, John and Donald, and grandchildren, Maya, Jacob and Sierra. He is also survived by his twin brother, Donald, and sisters, Judy and Pat. He was predeceased by his parents, John and Nellie Dziedzic.
Dan went on to get a coveted position at IBM in which he retired. After retirement, Dan did various odd jobs including volunteering and a couple of years in a “cushy” state job at the state rest areas. Dan was an excellent ambassador for the Green Mountain State and he enjoyed entertaining travelers with his stories and hearing theirs. Dan relished his time with his grandchildren in his later years. He loved the vibrant lives of his “little Angels”, Maya, Jacob and Sierra. Dan enjoyed some fishing, ball games, and lots of great meals with his new crew of “little Angels.”
We all love you and miss you, Danny D, Dad, husband, friend and all around cool guy.
Dan’s family will receive friends on Saturday, June 30, 2018, from 12 to 2 p.m. at the Heald Funeral Home, 87 South Main Street, St. Albans, followed by a prayer service by Father Maurice J. Roy concluding with military honors.
Contributions if you wish may be made to the American Cancer Society or buy some scratch offs and think of Dan for good luck.
To send Dan’s family a written expression of sympathy or share a memory, kindly go to his on-line guest book at www.healdfuneralhome.com.