Daniel R. Schilling passed in peace Friday, July 2, 2021, age 87. Preceded in death by his beloved wife, Florence (née Charest), after 56 years of marriage. Dan was born on March 27, 1934, and he was a life-long Bristol resident where he attended local schools. In 1952, he joined the U.S. Air Force and served in the Korean War, after which he was employed at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, East Hartford for 35 years before retiring in April 1991. He was a member of St. Gregory the Great Church in Bristol.
Dan was a devoted father and an especially proud grandfather and great grandfather. Dan enjoyed all sports. He was a loyal follower of NASCAR, and he had a passion for baseball. He shared his love for baseball by coaching Little League for eight years. His favorite place was the great outdoors. Dan was an avid hunter for deer and turkey and enjoyed fishing for trout. He freely shared his catch with family and friends. Even though later in life, Parkinson’s disease robbed him of his strength and stamina, he maintained his teasing humor and sharpness when playing cards; he always won. He will also be remembered for his unfailing work ethic, honesty and willingness to help at any time.
Dan is survived by his three children, Ronald Schilling his wife Eva, Mark Schilling and his wife Deidre, Karen Broderick and her husband Jay; his five grandchildren, Karl and his wife Jennifer, Marla and her husband Chris, Kyle and his wife Courtney, Kristina, and Kevin; his three great grandchildren, Peyton, Cameron, and Gabriella; his brothers Frank and John Schilling; his sister Mary Ellen LaPointe, and many nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by his parents Michael and Annie (née Phaneuf); his brother Michael; his sisters Marie Schilling, Mamie Maxellon, Gloria Martin, Virginia-Lee Abramson, and Leona Baldassario.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s disease at michaeljfox.org. The family of Daniel Schilling wishes to extend our sincere thanks to the wonderful staff at Southington Care Center, Southington, CT.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Gregory the Great Church, 235 Maltby Street, Bristol at 11 AM on Thursday, July 8, 2021. Burial with military honors will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bristol. Relatives and friends may call at Funk Funeral Home, 35 Bellevue Ave., Bristol, has the honor of serving Daniel’s family on Thursday from 9:30 to 10:30 AM. Please visit Daniel’s memorial website at www.FunkFuneralHome.com
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