Daniel F. ‘Dan’ Friel Jr.

January 22, 2017

Daniel F. ‘Dan’ Friel Jr.

DANIEL F. “DAN” FRIEL JR. – in Andover, formerly of Woburn, January 22nd, at seventy-four years of age. Beloved husband of Arlene (DeLuca) Friel. Devoted father of Daniel D. Friel, his wife Louise of Arlington, Kevin M. Friel of Paradise Valley, AZ, Kerri Anne Friel Walsh, her husband Daniel of Woburn. Loving brother of John P. Friel, his wife Connie of CA, Dennis W. Friel, his wife Maureen of Woburn and Noreen Friel Mohler, her husband Jeffrey of PA. Brother-in-law of Donald and Diane DeLuca of Billerica, Janet Fahey of Billerica and Richard and Andrea DeLuca of GA. Proud “Grampa” of Kaitlyn, Kiera, Hannah, Alyssa, Patrick and Alexander. Also survived by his loving Aunt Helene Schecowicz of Woburn, many cousins, nieces and nephews. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Augustine Parish, 43 Essex Street, Andover, MA, Friday, January 27th, at 11:00 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn, Thursday evening from 3-7 p.m. or on Friday at the Church, 9:45-10:45 prior to the Funeral Mass. Remembrances may be made in Dan’s honor to, Dr. David Reardon Research: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Center, 10 Brookline Place 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445.

OBITUARY:

Daniel F. “Dan” Friel Jr. passed away at his home, with his beloved family at his side Sunday afternoon, January 22nd, 2017. The loving husband of Arlene (DeLuca) Friel, Dan was seventy four years of age.

Born in Woburn he was son of the late Daniel F. and Hazel (Sullivan) Friel Sr. Raised in North Woburn, Dan was educated in the Woburn Schools, graduating from Woburn High School with the Class of 1960.

While in High School Dan was very active playing the clarinet in the marching band. After high school he furthered his education attending the University of Notre Dame in South Bend IN, where he was also a member of the band. Dan graduated from Lesley College in Cambridge with a degree in Business.

Dan began working for Westinghouse Broadcasting in accounting and then sales at WBZ radio in Boston. He then had the opportunity to “go west” with his family to Ft. Wayne, Indiana where he served as the General Manager of WOWO radio. With its strong signal of 50,000 watts, WOWO – all the way from Indiana, could be heard up and down the east coast. Often times Dan’s parents would sit outside in their back yard in Woburn during the summer months and listen to his nightly editorials on the radio. While in Indiana Dan had served as President of the Urban League’s Ft. Wayne Chapter. From there he spent several years as General Manager of KDKA Radio in Pittsburgh which was the first radio station in the country. Dan returned with his family to WBZ in Boston and continued working in communications until his retirement in 2007.

In 1965 he married his childhood sweetheart, Arlene. They were school friends since the second grade and have journeyed together throughout life for over fifty years. They brought three loving children into the world that he has always been so very proud of. Throughout the years, Dan was involved with his children and all of their activities. From baseball to golf, to the world of academia and vacations at the Cape and the Adirondacks, Dan was always there! He was also a very proud “Grampa” and enjoyed every moment with his grandkids including volunteering at the school library and helping out at the Reeves with their art program. Dan found great joy in giving to his children and his grandkids!

Dan and his children were avid sportsmen. They played many golf rounds at Green Meadow Country Club in NH and had the wonderful opportunity to golf together at Pebble Beach in California. Dan and his children always enjoyed the Red Sox from opening days to even attending three World Series games here in Boston (2004, 2007 & 2013). For over the last twenty years Dan had always organized the Friel family reunion. It was always a fun event for him as he loved the idea of everyone in the family spending a weekend playing golf and singing Irish music late into the evenings.

Dan also enjoyed photography throughout his years while always taking two shots of each picture to be sure of its quality. Dan was an avid reader – 3 newspapers daily and he loved books about history and sports. A very compassionate and faith filled man, Dan loved his family and enjoyed sharing this love throughout his lifetime. He did all that he could for his family and friends, in making them comfortable, happy and hopeful about anything and everything. He always achieved this with his big hugs, followed by “Thank you, thank you for everything!”

Dan was predeceased by his parents Dan and Hazel Friel Sr. He is lovingly survived by his wife Arlene (DeLuca) Friel, his children Daniel D. Friel, his wife Louise of Arlington, Kerri Anne Friel Walsh, her husband Daniel from Woburn and their youngest son Kevin M. Friel of Paradise Valley, AZ. Loving brother of John P. Friel, his wife Connie of CA, Dennis W. Friel, his wife Maureen of Woburn and Noreen (Friel) Mohler, her husband Jeffrey of PA. Brother-in-law to Donald and Diane DeLuca of Billerica, Janet Fahey of Billerica, and Richard and Andrea DeLuca of GA. Very Proud “Grampa” of Kaitlyn, Kiera, Hannah, Alyssa, Patrick and Alexander. Also survived by his loving Aunt Helene Schecowicz of Woburn, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Augustine Parish, 43 Essex St., Andover, MA, Friday, January 27th, at 11:00 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn, Thursday evening from 3-7 p.m. or on Friday at the Church, 9:45-10:45 prior to the Funeral Mass. Remembrances may be made in Dan’s honor to, Dr. David Reardon Research: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Center, 10 Brookline Place 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445.

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  1. Dear Arlene and Family. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Dan, your Dear Husband and Father. What
    A Special Love Arlene And Dan Have. May you soon have comfort and peace. Love Cousin Pat MacD.

  2. Arlene,
    My deepest condolences to you and your family at this sad time. It’s been a long time since we were neighbors and classmates, but I still remember when you moved to Newbridge Avenue.
    Love and blessings
    Janice (Thompson) Evans

  3. Chris (Pugsy) DeSalvo

    Dear Arlene,

    A quick story: In 1962 shortly after Diane (Huckins)and I got engaged, we received a note from Dan while he was away at Notre Dame congratulating us on our engagement. It was a special and kind act that we both deeply appreciated and would mention to each other whenever we saw Dan and you together. He was one of a kind and he and I sure knew how to pick life partners.

    May you grieve peacefully and may he rest- in-peace knowing that the best blessing you each had in life was each other.

    Chris

  4. My heart is heavy with the loss of Dan. He was a wonderful cousin with a warm generous heart. I’ll be keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers over the next few days as I’m away. Hugs to all.

    Susan (Lally) Ginivan

  5. Arlene and family,
    Hoping fond memories will bring you comfort in the days ahead.
    Rest in peace, Danny.
    Mary MacDonald

  6. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May all the wonderful things he did in life help ease your pain.

    Michael Lally

  7. Dear Arlene,

    Susan and I want to express our condolences to you and your family. Dan was a great guy! Always enjoyed the rare occasions when we met up with each of you.

    Sincerely

    Cliff & Susan Bolster

  8. Arlene and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Danny’s passing. Praying for family, and send my sincere sympathy to all.

    Maureen (Treacy) Torres

  9. Martin,
    I send my deepest condolences to the Friel family. I am sorry for your great loss. Death is always devastating, but God has the perfect solution. May God’s words at Revelation 21:4 bring you comfort, “God will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning not cry nor pain be anymore.” We are assured at Hosea 13:14 that God says, “From the power of the grave I will redeem them; From death I will recover them…” May God’s word and all the wonderful memories you have shared together bring comfort during this difficult time.

  10. Kerri and family,
    So sorry for your loss.
    Prayers and best wishes to you and your family…and hugs to the girls.

    Lois

  11. Arlene and family:

    Our deepest sympathy to you and the family. Dan will surely be missed. Our thoughts and prayers to the Friel family.

    Joanne and Jim DeSimone

  12. Dearest Arlene and family,
    My heart breaks for you all, Danny tried so hard to fight this and put on such a brave face through it all! He was one of the good guys and he’ll be welcomed into paradise with all the angels!
    Love to you all,
    Judy

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