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Gladys Gaskill
B: 1952-03-15
D: 2020-07-09
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Gaskill, Gladys
David Davis
B: 1956-11-30
D: 2020-07-07
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Davis, David
Carolee Bedwell
B: 1942-03-05
D: 2020-07-06
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Bedwell, Carolee
Jack Schubert
B: 1940-09-17
D: 2020-07-05
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Schubert, Jack
Nancy Taylor
B: 1931-02-17
D: 2020-07-05
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Dennis Monk
B: 1949-10-19
D: 2020-07-05
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Monk, Dennis
Susan Radcliff
B: 1955-09-24
D: 2020-07-05
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Radcliff, Susan
Jennifer Boyett
B: 1985-01-12
D: 2020-07-05
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Boyett, Jennifer
Charles Peters
B: 1926-06-20
D: 2020-07-04
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Peters, Charles
Michael Salas
B: 2000-02-10
D: 2020-07-04
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Mary Vanderwaal
B: 1929-12-27
D: 2020-07-03
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Vanderwaal, Mary
Mary Wexler
B: 1953-05-18
D: 2020-07-01
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Wexler, Mary
Priscilla Dean
B: 1933-01-07
D: 2020-07-01
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Dean, Priscilla
Michael Christy
B: 1940-01-26
D: 2020-07-01
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Christy, Michael
Norma Ogrodowski
B: 1929-04-06
D: 2020-06-30
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JoAnn Pope
B: 1936-02-20
D: 2020-06-30
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Pope, JoAnn
Stanley Renkiewicz
B: 1944-02-01
D: 2020-06-29
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Renkiewicz, Stanley
Elias Hernandez
B: 1991-01-13
D: 2020-06-28
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Hernandez, Elias
Patricia Spillane
B: 1945-06-15
D: 2020-06-26
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Spillane, Patricia
Louis Fratangelo
B: 1950-09-18
D: 2020-06-24
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Fratangelo, Louis
Virginia King
B: 1934-09-11
D: 2020-06-24
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His wife and children remember Dr. Dannelly as an exemplary family patriarch. After his fathers sudden death in 1972, he tirelessly cared for his widowed mother. Since she never learned to drive, he could be seen chauffeuring his mother to church, the hairdresser, the fabric store, and on endless errands for 25 years. He expected his family to eat dinner together nightly. Dr. Dannellys children knew there was no acceptable excuse for being late for dinner, and after they were grown, he often laughed thinking back on the squealing tires as his teenaged children peeled into the driveway in the nick of time for dinner. Dr. Dannelly encouraged his children to work hard, take their educations seriously, and be self-reliant. He treated his sons and daughters with surprising equality for the time. All of his children left home with an unusual core set of skills including how to fix a broken sprinkler head, change a tire, parallel park, balance a checkbook (some were better than others at this), and type. Much to the chagrin of Mrs. Fretwell, Leesburg High Schools long-suffering typing teacher, who must have thought the Dannelly children were the most inept typists shed encountered, Dr. Dannelly insisted all four of his children learn proper typing technique. Although considered torturous at the time, in retrospect, all have expressed gratitude for the hard-earned skill. He had an enormous intellectual curiosity that did not diminish with age. When his children learned computer programming in the 1980s, he and his wife enrolled in computer science classes at Lee Adult High School in Leesburg, saying, When your children know more about something than you do, its time to go back to school. He was a self-taught mechanic, plumber, electrician, carpenter, tile mason, gardener, and investor, who never paid someone else to do a job he could manage himself. He chased an armadillo out of his yard just a few days before his death. Under his guidance, his children split logs, chopped wood, dug ditches, laid sod, and raised barbed-wire fences although the older three harbor some resentment that the youngest never had to mow the lawn. Dr. Dannelly is also remembered as having a great sense of fun teaching his children and their friends to water ski, building fires in the fireplace even if it meant turning on the air conditioning, and occasionally venturing into the kitchen to hand-crank ice cream, boil peanuts, or make pancakes with his secret ingredient. His children swear no one could make a tastier grilled cheese sandwich. For many years, he helped his wife shell pecans, and put up conch peas and creamed corn, on which the family feasted throughout the winter. He loved a good tomato, but could not abide loud music, fans of SEC schools who root against other SEC schools, and cucumbers. He met the real love his life in 2011, when he and Kathryn rescued a Bichon Frise-Poodle puppy named Biscuit. Dr. Dannelly spoiled his canine companion to a level his own family never knew. One grandchild lamented, Granddad takes Biscuit for a walk 8 times a day, but he has never taken me for a walk. The grandchildren took some pleasure in knowing Dr. Dannelly had convinced Biscuit that green beans were a treat something his grandchildren know isnt true. Dr. Dannelly was an accomplished gardener, one skill he did not pass along to his children in spite of years of impressing them into service in the yard of the family home on Lake Harris. In recent years, his dahlia garden was envy of his neighbors at Burlingame Country Club in Sapphire, NC. He was also an avid tennis player and golfer until declining heath required retiring from athletics.
Posted by Carol Dannelly O'Kelley
Tuesday June 23, 2020 at 12:18 pm
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