He emigrated from Finland to our shores at age 9, settling in Long Island. Dan didn’t like America at first, but learning the language helped him to love his new country. He thought like an engineer, working out the solutions to problems in his head. Clarity lead to perfect results. Away from work, Dan spent many a day enjoying the beach, just sitting and relaxing, watching the eternal movement of waves. Reading was his passion; the library his source of delight. Sundays found him up and out early so as not to miss getting a copy of the NY Times. He read it front to back then passed on to his father in law. Occasionally if he wasn‘t reading he’d check out some NASCAR, but come 7 o’clock, he’d show off his intellect watching Jeopardy: the spoils of a lifetime searching for knowledge.
At the Franklin Mint he’d earn more than just a paycheck: there he’d meet the love of his life, Susan. He is survived by his children Melissa Orlando, Michael, Caitlin and Meghan Hemdal, his father, Hakan, his brothers, Thomas and Niklas, and his 3 grandchildren. He was pre-deceased by his mother, Annastina.
Come celebrate 64 great years Sunday, August 12 from 4 to 5 pm at Daley Life Celebration Studio, 1518 Kings Hwy., Swedesboro where there will be a 5 p.m. service. Donations to the Gloucester County Library System (GCLS.org) will be appreciated.