Daniel Daye

Obituary of Daniel Clayton Daye

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Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Today, at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital in Fredericton, NB, we lost our Husband, Father and Brother. Born on September 4, 1956 in Minto, NB, he was the son of the late Clayton Granville and Jeanetta Beatrice (Hetherington) Daye.

Seven years ago, Dan was diagnosed with IPF (Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis), which is simply a terminal disease causing irreversible scarring to the lungs. But sadly, it can have ravaging dispositions, suddenly snuffing out any hope of an eventual lung transplant. Many did not know Dan lived with IPF. This was his choice.

But Dan, the man, was so much more. He was in many ways a modest person, but someone who you would want as a friend. He loved a good time and because of his quick wit, his comments could often be off colour. He loved music, but was a terrible singer. As a child he was jokingly told that he had a head like a basketball, eyes too far apart, one ear higher then the other, and no earlobes, and was a source of amusement for the family. Dan was a neat freak and was particular about having the toilet cover closed (Do you think he was just a little anal?) He liked fast Mustangs, motorbikes; and if you guessed he was a Leafs fan, you hit the nail on the head. He was as loyal to the Leafs as the Leafs were loyal to losing. Dan enjoyed golfing with his son, Scottie and best friend “Tinker Bell” Chris Brown. He was a proud plasma donor for Canadian Blood Services. As well, he was a great walker and walked farther then most of us do with a healthy pair of lungs. Dan loved his family and was known for making special effort to show he cared.

In his earlier years, Dan was employed at Daye’s Auto Body, and then moved to Fredericton where he worked as an insurance adjuster for State Farm / Desjardins. After retirement, and not ready for a life of leisure, he took up driving for Enterprise.

Dan is survived by his children, Shelley Bates (Chris) and Scott Daye (Jill); known as “Grumpy” to his grandchildren, Brandi Daye, Jakob Teehan, Linkin Daye and Corbin Bates; great grandson, Daxon; his loving wife of over 20 years, Judy Williston and her children, Kelly Paul and Brad Morehouse; her grandchildren, Mallory Brooks, Hunter Brooks, Tricia Paul and Jayda Morehouse; her great granddaughter, Cambrie; sisters, Jocelyn Daye (Wayne Burnside) and Cathy Mersereau (Randy); furr babies, Sophie and Maggie and several nieces and nephews.

Dan was an avid but quiet supporter of the IPF community, one of his tattoos reading: “When You Can’t Breathe, Nothing Else Matters” demonstrating the impact IPF had on his life. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Barbara Walls of the New Brunswick Lung Association, Dr. Andreani, Dr. Baird, Dr. Frank and Dr. Kenny for their compassion and the staff of the DECRH ER and 4NW for their care.

There will be a Celebration of Life held from York Funeral Home, 302 Brookside Drive, Fredericton, NB on Saturday, April 6, 2024 from 2-4pm. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the New Brunswick Lung Association and Canadian Cancer Society or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Personal condolences may be offered through www.yorkfh.com

We love you and we will miss you, Dan


Celebration of Life Gathering

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Saturday, April 6, 2024
York Funeral Home
302 Brookside Drive
Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
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Daniel Daye

1956 - 2024

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