Dan Hemdal


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.

3 thoughts on “Dan Hemdal

  1. Jarek Klimczak

    For many weeks I had collaborated daily with Dan as a co-panelist interviewing candidates for our company. After each interview we had a phone conversation to analyze candidate qualifications. Often we continued during the lunch hour to touch on variety of subjects including our North-Eastern European upbringings, the impact of values at home and business, and also the Sumerian origins of the Finish language. Through these collaborations and discussions I’ve developed a sense of personal friendship and a profound respect for Dan. It’s not often that we meet at work people with his integrity, professionalism, knowledge, and class. I’ve learn from Dan, memories of our discussions will reverberate and serve as a source of inspiration, and I will dearly miss him.
    In these difficult moments my thoughts are with Dan’s family, and I send them my heartfelt condolences.

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