Sending my condolences to all. Dan and I go back several years although we may have lost touch over the years he still stayed in touch with my husband and brother in law in the fantasy football league. We are very sad to hear about him passing. He will always be remembered as a kind and funny soul to us. RIP my friend.
Thank you everyone for sharing your kind words and memories of Danny. We are so incredibly appreciative of all of your love and support during this difficult time. I'm sharing below my eulogy of Danny, my big brother forever and always.
Thank you to you all for being here today to celebrate the life of Danny. Danny was my older brother and for all of my life he has been a constant source of love and support. The story I can remember from earliest in our childhood was shortly after my mom brought me home from the hospital after my birth. My brother was excited to hold his new little sister and I immediately vomited on him. I guess I did not make the best first impression because I made him cry and he told my mom to take me back to Giant Eagle.
Danny and I did not agree about everything, but we still bonded over a common love of movies and traveling. We’d often sit down for a movie in the evenings and Danny the night owl would be up for watching a second film, while I’d pass out after 30 minutes into the first film--a trend which continued even up until recently. Danny loved to visit and explore new places and meet new people. On our vacations together, whether at the beach, in the mountains, or an international trip, Danny was up for anything. Laying on the beach or sitting in our hotel room was boring--he wanted to go out and really experience where he was visiting. A few years ago, my mother, Danny, and I went to Ireland where we climbed Croagh Patrick. While the history of St. Patrick’s pilgrimage was of interest, what really made Danny excited for this hike was the physical challenge. He soldiered well ahead of my mother and I with no hesitation or complaints, while I laughed at my mother jokingly cursing us each time a new slope appeared in the distance that we would have to inevitably climb to reach the end of our steep trek. He liked to push himself physically and had this same appreciation when it came to watching all Pittsburgh sports teams. He would shake his head at me and walk away when I would casually say I didn’t watch a big game and he would often tease how his alma mater, Penn State, dominated each football season, while my alma mater, the University of Pittsburgh “choked” every season.
Danny had diverse interests, including an appreciation for art. He would draw little doodles in all of the cards he gave to me for birthdays or other special occasions and in his room or car you could often find sketches. He was always the more artistic one of us both. Danny was also always a lover of animals. When home or at someone else’s house, if he was not watching a sports game, he could often be found with the family pet, gently greeting them with affection and a smile. Similarly, our family dogs growing up always gravitated towards him. He may not have always been overly expressive with his feelings, but it was always clear that he had a deep and meaningful bond with the animals in his life.
Danny never took life too seriously, often telling me to “relax,” and could be counted on for a good laugh. My uncle reminded me of a time we were visiting him as pre-teens and browsing in an upscale store outside of D.C. and Danny saw the price tag on an expensive polo shirt and quipped, “Who would buy this, Bill Gates?” Never a materialistic person, Danny was more focused on living his life by making memories with those who mattered to him.
When I think of Danny, I think about how much he loved family. He was fascinated with learning about our family’s genealogy, both where we came from and our broader family members’ history. I think of how he looked after me and our family. I was always short as a kid and when a kid in our neighborhood picked on me on the bus and made me cry, right or wrong, he pushed him down a hill in our yard and made him cry. During our parents' divorce he was always checking in on me, and after my father’s passing he became increasingly more focused on our time spent with family, which held priority over all other things. It was the simple things that made him happy--the company of good family and friends, a good meal and drink, and a good time.
Throughout his life, Danny hated to see people upset. He was just a good guy that always did the right thing when it came to other people. He wanted the best for the people he cared about in his life. He liked to keep things light even when times were tough. When I look around and see all of the family and loved ones here today, I know he would be happy to see us all together and supporting each other. I know if he was here he would want to think about the happy times we spent together. He would not want us to dwell on what happened to him and why and what may have been. He would want us to live on and gather together to celebrate his memory in our hearts and in our actions.
Ginny…thinking of you in your time of sorrow.
My deepest sympathy,
Danny will be truly missed. He touched our lives and lives on in our hearts. I will truly miss him and his analysis sports. I will truly miss our conversations on all aspects of hockey and how superior the Metropolitan division was to all others. I will miss those conversations as they were a huge part of my special relationship with him as my nephew by marriage. Rest In Peace dear Danny, we love you.
My heart is breaking for my family on the loss of such a young sweet soul. May God give Ginny and Chelsea and the rest of the family strength and courage to love and cherish during this time. Our deepest condolences. Kathy Vallely Kiniklis
To my nephew Dan, I am so thankful for the person you were and how you touched our lives, your life had meaning, you will live within all who loved you for the rest of our lives. I miss you dearly my young friend, I cherish all the fond memories of family get togethers and the out of state visits with and you Chelsea. I know we will all be together again someday and while we will all mourn you not being in our lives I’m sure your father and grandparents are rejoicing in being united with you again. Love you my nephew may you find peace and happiness.
I was so sorry to hear about your son. You have my deepest condolences.
Gina, Chelsea and family,
I am shocked and saddened by this news.
I'm sending love and prayers that you find strength to get you through.
I'm so very sorry,
Chelsea and family, please accept our deepest condolences for your loss. May you find peace in your heart and stay strong. We will be making a donation in Daniel’s name. Your friends at Making Cents International.
Sending our deepest sympathies on the loss of your son. With time and the Grace of God may your sorrow be eased. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers always.
DENISE CALLAHAN HUBICZ, JAMES J. CALLAHAN, LORI L. CALLAHAN & BRIAN P. CALLAHAN
Gina and Chelsea and the rest of the Pallatino family, words cannot express how deeply sorry I am. He was an amazing person with an even more amazing heart. Danny will be greatly missed by all of us. May he rest in peace. Love you so much
We are devastated by this loss and send our deepest sympathy. I enjoyed spending time with Danny at the Steelers game. He was a loyal and knowledgeable fan. Gina and Chelsea are two of the strongest women we know. We hope your strength will help you in this difficult time. You are in our thoughts
Marcia and Don Feinberg
Gina Chelsa and the entire Pallatino family I am so very sorry for your loss I got to know Dan through Facebook chat he was such a nice guy and nice to talk to May He Rest In Peace Carmie Blocky