William Albert Daniels passed away on April 17, due to complications related to the coronavirus.
Known for his sweet tooth, youthful spirit, and spicy sense of humor, he will be missed.
He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years Anne Richardson Daniels. His three children Paul, Kim, and Dave. His sister Anita, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He also leaves behind Phil and Janet 'Rudy' Riley, who were not only family but his closest friends. And his grandchildren, Sarah, Ben, Callie, and Harrison who will never forget 'Bebo's' quirky sense of humor.
He is pre-deceased by his parents and his brother, Ray Daniels.
Bill was born in Westborough, MA December 7, 1937, the son of Roy Daniels and Florina Francesco. He grew up in Peabody, MA, graduated from Peabody High School and attended Boston University.
He started his career in real estate, founded Antec Pool Supplies, and eventually partnered with his brother-in-law, Paul Richardson, as co-owner of Richardson Farms in Middleton, MA, where he worked for 45 years.
He loved being at the farm and continued to go to work well into his 70s. For many employees he was a mentor who gave them their first job, along with confidence and a sense of responsibility. They affectionately referred to him as 'Mr. Bill'. Many returned over the years to thank him for his faith in their abilities. He was deeply indebted to everyone who worked so hard to keep the Dairy the happy place it is today.
In his later years, he suffered from Parkinson's and had taken up residence at a local assisted-living center, where Anne visited him almost daily. The family would like to thank the nurses and staff who cared for him.
He loved his family, was very proud of his children and was a devoted husband to his wife, Anne. For the many years they were married, they very rarely spent more than a day apart. He frequently said marrying her was the best decision of his life.
Although the family is very sad to lose him, they are all hoping he will be enjoying his ice cream, eating lots of jelly donuts, and entertaining everyone in heaven.
Due to the pandemic, we are unable to have a wake or funeral. A memorial mass and a celebration of life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be sent to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.
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