Robert John Daniels Sr., 71: Devoted grandfather

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SCARBOROUGH — Robert John Daniels Sr., 71, of Scarborough, died Feb. 14 at his home, surrounded by family.

Daniels was born Jan. 22, 1942, in Portland to John Francis and Kathleen Daniels. He grew up in Portland, attending Cathedral Grammar School and Portland High School.

He married Susan Duran in 1963 at St. Patrick Church and the two raised five sons together. 

As a young man, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and woodworking. One of his greatest joys came when his grandchildren were born. He loved them dearly and learned from them many of the most meaningful things in life.

Most recently, Daniels attended the Latin Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception with his entire family. He received his last rites before he died.

In addition to his parents, Daniels is predeceased by three sisters, Pauline Higgins, Barbara McCormick and Patricia Flintoff, and three brothers, Donald, Richard and Kenneth.

Daniels is survived by his beloved wife of 49 years, Susan; five sons, Robert J. Jr. and wife Michelle of Standish, Steven M. of Buxton, Peter J. and wife Muny of Buxton, Thomas M. and wife Maria of Buxton, and Jeffery J. and wife Gina of Buxton; 19 grandchildren, Peter Jr., Sarah, Andrea, Andrew, Jacob, Thomas L., Katelyn, Mary Susan, Anna, Max, James, Jeffery J. Jr., Michael, Francis, Nicholas, Kellianne, Dominick, Xavier and John Robert; a sister, Joanne Dorr of Skowhegan; and many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

A Mass of Christian burial was held Wednesday at St. Patrick Church in Portland, with interment at Calvary Cemetery in South Portland. 

In lieu of flowers, donations in Daniels’ honor may be made to St. Jude’s Children Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905.

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