Obituary of Daniel Joseph DeLuca
In light of the recent worldwide occurrences dealing with the outbreak of COVID-19, the family of Daniel Joseph DeLuca wishes to temporarily postpone the scheduled memorial service and funeral mass in honor of their father.
Future date to be announced shortly.
“Faith in God Gives Meaning and Purpose to Life”
Daniel J. DeLuca, 90, passed away peacefully on March 9th at Trinity Elms Health & Rehab in Clemmons, North Carolina. Named Donato at birth, he was born to the late Carmine and Maria (Verna) DeLuca on January 19, 1930 in Peekskill, NY, where he was raised.
Dan graduated from Iona College (Class of ’52) at the top of his class and went on to serve as First Lieutenant in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. While stationed at Pinecastle AFB with the 5th Air Force and member of the Strategic Air Command (SAC) in Orlando Florida, he met Anna Stanko and was married before retiring from service as Captain in the Air Force Reserve. Following his military service, he went on to earn his master’s degree in Chemistry from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey.
Dan raised his family in Sparta, New Jersey where he spent most of his career with Dayco Corporation in Dover NJ before moving to Ocala, Florida. While at Dayco, he was the Director of Research & Development, was a principle discoverer of numerous patents and served as an expert witness to the industry. Most well noted are safety features he designed that went on to become the main reason that consumers can safely pump their own gasoline. Upon retirement, he then became the Director of Laboratories with Pace University in Pleasantville, NY, where he pioneered the laboratories for their school’s nursing program.
For many years Dan dedicated his life to serving our Veterans through the American Legion in Peekskill, NY as a volunteer where he held many offices. He was also active with the Catholic Church of the Assumption, Senior Center of Peekskill and a long-time volunteer at the NYP Hudson Valley Hospital. Up until the very end, he continued to serve Community, God and Country. A True Patriot.
Dan is survived by his three children Daniel, Chuck (TC) and Mary Anne Cao (Andres), his four grandchildren (Michael, Cecilia, Anthony and Robert) and their spouses, his brother Carmine (Marie Antonietta), and two nephews and their spouses. He is preceded in death by his niece, Maria.
Visitation will take place on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at Joseph F. Nardone Funeral Home from 4:00pm to 8:00pm.
Funeral Mass will be held at the Church of the Assumption on Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 11:30am.
Private cremation services have been held at the convenience of the family and arrangements are being made for Inurnment at Arlington National Cemetery at a future date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Legion Post 274 of Peekskill NY. Donations can be mailed to the American Legion post 274, P.O.Box 21, Peekskill NY 10566
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