Daniel P. Bianco, 80, of Diamond Point, New York, son of the late Dominic and Sarah (Barletta) Bianco, passed away peacefully and surrounded by family after a valent 20-month battle with pancreatic cancer.
Daniel came into this world during 1941 in Norwalk. After graduating from Darien High School he attended Norwalk Community College and the University of Bridgeport. Daniel married Barbara (Butterfield) Bianco 31 years ago in beautiful Hamilton, Bermuda.
While never actually selling water to a fish, Dan was indeed a master salesman. Beginning at age 8 when he sold his first car for $100, there wasn’t much he couldn’t sell. Dan crafted a career in sales, ultimately dominating the HVAC industry in Fairfield County and surrounding areas.
Driven by his early success with fixing and selling cars, Dan had a lifelong affinity with automobiles. He had a passion for keeping his vehicles in showroom condition. Over the years he owned many exotics but he had a soft spot for Corvettes. From his prized ’67 convertible, sadly lost in a flood, to his latest C7, Dan loved being behind the wheel of a Vette.
Later in life Dan got bitten by the golf bug. With the help of his fellow links addict and instructor Larry Sinnott he enjoyed playing courses all across the Lake George region. Rarely frustrated by the game like most people Dan simply stuck with it and kept trying to improve. He was most proud of getting two birdies in a round at “The Pole” on his way to shooting an 83 just two years ago.
Perhaps Dan’s greatest passion was travel. Beginning with a trip to Portugal with Barb nearly 30 years ago he began a quest to see the world. This drive took Dan and Barb on multiple trips to Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, South America and Antarctica. Ultimately they enjoyed a 105-day cruise around the world.
Golfing in Fiji; Koala’s and Kangaroos in Australia; Riding Camels in Egypt; armed escorts through pirate infested waters in the Indian Ocean; and meeting George and Barbara Bush along the journey capped the journey of a lifetime.
Through it all Dan never forgot where he came from. From his humble beginnings in Darien, his love of Noroton Bay, his immense success in business, and travels across the world, he was always grounded in honesty and hard work. Through it all Dan’s was truly a life well led. He had a great run.
Besides his parents, Daniel is predeceased by his sister, Marilyn Kommeritz.
Daniel is survived by his wife, Barbara Bianco; sons, Christopher Bianco, Craig Bianco and his wife Jennifer Chin; stepson, James (Terri) Butler; stepdaughters, Karen Butler and Colleen (Steve) Sutkay; grandchildren, Karissa Tuccio, Jaime Bianco, Steven Sutkay, Matthew Sutkay, Holly Sutkay, Jillian Sutkay, Tracy Jungwirth and Kevin Butler; great-grandson, Milo Jungwirth; niece, Sandra (Nick) DiCostanzo; and several nieces and cousins.
A special thanks to entire staff at Charles R. Wood Cancer Center, especially Darci Gaiotti-Grubbs MD, Nikole Slowick, PA, nurses Sarah, Patty and Mary Lou for their outstanding kindness and caring. In addition, a special thank you to the staff at High Peaks Hospice for their superior care, especially Renee and Lisa.
In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Daniel can be made to: C.R. Wood Cancer Center, Attn: Randy’s Patient Assistance Fund, 100 Park St., Glens Falls, NY 12801 and High Peaks Hospice, 454 Glen St., Glens Falls, NY 12801.
A celebration of Daniel’s life will take place in the summer at the convenience of the family.
— an obituary from Alexander Funeral Home, where online condolences may be left