Joseph Daniels

Joseph M. Daniels Jr.

Thursday, March 20th, 1941 - Sunday, February 16th, 2020
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Joseph Daniels, 79 years old Date of Birth: March 20, 1941 Date of Death: February 16, 2020
Eulogy February 29, 2020
Almost eighty years ago, our cousin and friend Joey Daniels was born in coal mining country, Hazelton, PA to Mary and Joseph Daniels, Sr. They lived in nearby Weatherly, close to many of Joey’s aunts and uncles, including Mom and Pop Makara and Peter and Josephine Dunn. Grandma Dunn lived close by also. After Joseph, Sr. died suddenly when Joey was a young child, our family relatives stepped up playing a pronounced role in Joey’s life. Uncle Peter was the first to take Joey deer hunting developing his passion for rifles and old guns. Early on, Grandma Dunn helped Aunt Mary in caring for Joey as did Auntie Joe and Mom and Pop Makara. By the early 1950’s at Pop’s urging, they all moved to Glendale Heights in Glenolden (better known to all of us as “the Project”) to find “good work.” In 1955, Aunt Mary, Uncle Dave, her second husband, and Joey moved into 363 Hibbs Avenue in the Project; Joey lived there even since for 65 years. It was his neighborhood.
As a young man, Joey read all the time. He was a real history buff able to precisely describe battle scenes and general’s strategies from all American wars, especially the Civil War. He would always try to convince us that the South should have won. In 1959, Joey graduated from Interboro High School when it was still located on South Avenue. Much to Aunt Mary’s total dismay, Joey enlisted in the Army reporting on August 21, 1963 training in radar repair. God answered Aunt Mary’s tearful prayers as Joey served in Germany for 18 months and not Viet Nam. His service in Germany greatly influenced him, always talking about the country’s beauty and harmony; in his later life, always wanting to return. As could be predicted, Joey received a military decoration as a marksman with rifles.
Joey was honorably discharged from the Army on November 17, 1966 to an overjoyed Aunt Mary. In 1967, Uncle Dave died. Later, Joey received a bachelor’s and master’s degree from West Chester State Teachers College, now West Chester University. After briefly teaching, he took a federal job with the Social Security Administration and retired early after 20 years of service.
Throughout their lives, Joey was devoted to his family: Mom, Pop, Jo, Peter, and most of all, to his mother, Aunt Mary. He would do anything for them showing elemental love at all times. He cared for Aunt Mary, Mom, and Pop until their deaths. When Pop was so sick for months, he was the 24/7 person attending to Pop. He also had a lot of fun with them going on trips, mainly to New York, New England, and the South. Joey and Aunt Mary especially had a lot of fun with their rather spoiled dogs starting with Major, the boxer and many more. Encouraged by Aunt Mary, the dogs took on people habits as Joey was always going to McDonald’s for burgers not only for him but also for the dog. For decades, both Aunt Mary and Joey would complain that their dog (whoever it was at the time) did not like dog food.
Joey will be remembered for his kindness to his family; his devotion to his faith and his parish, OLF, and his intelligence. Later in life, he became a good friend with Scott Miller, who kept Joey on track, busy and positive. They enjoyed each other’s company and even decided to take on the task, together, of refurbishing a home in Aston. Scott was a dear friend to Joey and Joey to Scott. And when Scott became ill, just like he did with his family, Joey took care of him. He stayed by his best friend’s side until the end.
Undeniably, Joey marched to the beat of his own drum; he did what he wanted to do. If he wanted to go someplace, he went including traveling the country making stops in the towns his cousin coached football. To say Joey enjoyed reading books would be an understatement; his house was a personal library. His passion for learning was undeniable. He loved a good conversation, especially if it was something he was passionate about. And while you might not have agreed with some of his views, you had to appreciate his convictions.
Joey will be missed dearly but we know he is home. His spirit will always be with us.
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    Saints Peter & Paul Cemetery
    1600 S. Sproul Road
    Springfield, PA. 19064
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    Deacon Gary Guy
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    Saints Peter & Paul Cemetery
    1600 S. Sproul Road
    Springfield, PA. 19064
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