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David M DanielsMarch 8, 1936 ~ September 15, 2017 (age 81)
David M. Daniels, of Gardiner, passed away on September 15 at St. Mary's d'Youville Pavilion in Lewiston. He was 81.
David was born in Gardiner on March 8, 1936, to Porter A. and Margaret M. Daniels. After graduating from Gardiner High School in 1954, David enlisted in the United States Air Force, where he served as a Cryptographer at airbases in the Azores Islands, Scotland, England, and Norway. Following his USAF service, David attended Farmington State Teachers College, where he majored in English. He graduated with a BS/Eduction degree in 1963 (he later received his MS/Ed, in 1978, from University of Southern Maine). From 1963-1988, David was employed as a teacher at SAD 16 (Hallowell-Farmingdale), where he also coached football, baseball, and basketball. After retiring from teaching in 1988, David managed the newly-established Portland, Maine branch of Great American Book Fairs. He left Great American in the mid-1990s to enjoy retirement. For many years, David also worked part-time as a sportscaster for WFAU radio and State Cable TV.
David will be remembered in different ways by the many who knew him. Most all of his acquaintenances knew of his unwavering loyalty, as a fan, to both the New York Giants football and Atlanta Braves baseball teams. His former classmates will certainly recall his athletic prowess, and his fondness of music and dancing. David's USAF companions may think of him as the man who spent his free time driving through the Scottish Highlands, visiting and photographing old castles, or they may recall the amount of time he spent in the jazz clubs of London. David's former students will look back on his unique and interesting teaching methods, as well as his creative disciplinary techniques.
Those who were closest to David will think of his artistic talents, and how he enjoyed watercolor painting, writing poetry, and drawing with pen/pencil. They will look back upon his affinity for classic literature (although he also consumed a pile of P.D. James mystery novels), his keenness of British comedy and mystery television productions, and his lifelong, undying love of Dixieland jazz music. David's children and grandchildren will miss his devotion and constant presence in their lives.
David is survived by a daughter, two sons, three grandchildren, and various nephews, cousins, and other relations.
There will be a memorial gathering at Staples Funeral Home, in Gardiner, on Friday, September 22, from 11:30 A.M to 1:00 P.M