James Edward Daniels, 61, of Phoenix, died Thursday Nov. 1, 2012. He was born to his late parents, Bertha A. (Bittner) and C. Neil Daniels February 26, 1951 in Erie, Pa. He was a graduate of
Ft. LeBoeuf High School, Waterford, Pa., where he had been president of National Honor Society; was the “King” at his senior prom; a musician, playing trombone and tuba; and football player.
He was given a full scholarship to play football as a linebacker for at Syracuse University for four seasons 1969 to 1972, graduating in the spring of 1973.
After football he became a butcher with area grocery stores, including Phoenix Big M and Solvay Big M. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a social member of VFW Post 5540.
Surviving are his children, Jeffrey Crouse, Rodney Crouse, Kim Crouse, Charles Hoyt, and Brian Hoyt; six grandchildren; one great-grandson; five siblings, William A. (Karen) Daniels, PhD, of Marlborough, Conn., Patricia A. Daniels of North Royalton, Ohio, David A. (Linda) Daniels of Waterford, Pa., Pamela J. (Steve) Sears of Union City, Pa., and Charlene A. Daniels of Waterford, Pa.; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Calling hours and service were held yesterday at Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix. The Rev. Mark Kimpland officiated.
Contributions may be made to Phoenix Memorial Post 5540, 70 Culvert St. Phoenix, NY 13135.