By Daniel's mom, Geraldine
Perth Amboy, New Jersey
Daniel was considered the Golden Boy in our family. He had a high IQ and was loved by all of his teachers. Growing up, Daniel worked for his aunt and uncle at the family restaurant, Peter Pank; he was often referred to as the “Prince of the Pank.”
Daniel cherished the holidays and everything they were about - especially how it brought our extended family together. During the holidays, Daniel would put up all the outdoor decorations - we even won a place in our township’s holiday decorating contests for several years. From the age of ten, Daniel was well known within our family for being extremely skilled at assembling anything; he could put things together without the instructions.
Daniel loved surfing. He and his friends would surf off the inlet near Point Pleasant. He also enjoyed bowling and golfing with his uncle, Mike, and hanging with his cousins playing cards. However, Daniel’s most passionate hobby was buying cars and fixing them up.
Daniel was always there for his friends. He was the person they called when they needed a hand moving, painting an apartment, or even changing a flat tire at three in the morning. Daniel truly had a heart of gold. He lit up a room just by walking into one. Daniel loved his two sisters Fallon and Katie and his older brother Christopher.
We all love and miss him dearly.