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Charles Daniel - Class of 1962

Delete this post Submitted by Fran Olson Gustafson 1965 <> on 22/Sep/2020

      Charles Charlie or Butch Lewis Daniel was born on September 23, 1943, in Bridgeport, Connecticut, to the late Jephthah and Marjorie Daniel. He departed this life surrounded by his family in the comfort of his own home on Friday, September 18, 2020. Charles followed his father's footsteps and graduated from Newburgh Free Academy in 1962. Upon graduating, he wasted no time entering the United States Air Force, where he served eight years. It was during his tour in the Philippines that he met and married Arlina Gabison, the mother of his two beloved sons, Darin and Demosthenes. While serving at this assignment, he also adopted three daughters. More recently, he was overwhelmed with joy when connected with daughter, Robin Soares, of Waterbury Connecticut. During his youth, Charlie always had a fondness for singing and music. As a fitness enthusiast, he was passionate about weight training, swimming, and mountain biking. One of his fondest memories was being a karate instructor at Harriman College. He created lasting friendships while there. He served as a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church, Newburgh, NY. Later in life, he converted to Nichiren Buddhism. He studied and prayed faithfully. Charles is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 20 years, Janet Summerville-Daniel; three sisters, former Newburgh NY Mayor Audrey L. Carey-Wright, Atlanta, GA; Olymphia (Minute) Green, Bristow, VA; Beverly Robinson, Snellville, GA; daughter, Robin Soares, Waterbury, CT; sons, Darin, Middletown NY, Demosthenes (Jane) Elkridge MD; adopted daughters, Debbie Fishe (Aldric) Newton, NC, Decerie Herrera (Jesse) Cary, NC, Sandra Nakano (Masayuki) Tokyo, Japan; foster brother and sister, Danny Mac Lewis Germantown, NY, Dawn Lewis NC; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. His brother Raymond Daniel (Farideh) and first wife Arlina Gabison Daniel, preceded him in death. Charles was supportive, loving, kind, and a confidant to all his nieces and nephews. Life alone has no special meaning, but L-O-V-E gives us joy and happiness. It is this joy, happiness, and love that we shared with our loved one that gives our lives special meaning and memories. We shall carry and always remember that legacy. Gone, but not forgotten. Visitation will be held Friday, September 25 from 4-6 pm at Brooks Funeral Home 481 Gidney Ave., Newburgh. Services will continue on Saturday, September 26 at 9am sharp with burial following in Cedar Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to The Hudson Valley SPCA (a no-kill animal shelter) at P. O. Box 356 Vails Gate, NY 12584 or your local no kill shelter.

Charles L. Daniel - It is with deep sorrow that we announce the death of Charles L. Daniel (Newburgh, New York), who passed away on September 18, 2020, at the age of 76, leaving to mourn family and friends. You can send your sympathy in the guestbook provided and share it with the family. You may also light a candle in honor of Charles L. Daniel or send a beautiful flower arrangement to the funeral service. Visitation will be held on Saturday, September 26th 2020 from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM at the Brooks Funeral Home (481 Gidney Ave, Newburgh, NY 12550). The military honors will be held on Saturday, September 26th 2020 at the Military Honors Cedar Hill Cemetery (5468 Rte 9W, Newburgh, NY 12550).

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