ORONO – Arthur W. McDaniel, 82, of Orono, previously of Sebring, Fla., and Newark, Del., passed away peacefully Dec. 23, 2013, after a long struggle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was born May 6, 1931, in Queens, N.Y., to the late Samuel A. and Evolyn Howell McDaniel.
Art was predeceased by his wife of 27 years, Genevieve Hedrick McDaniel; his second wife, Frances Gochenour McDaniel; and brothers, George and Robert McDaniel. He is survived by daughter, Susan M. Tkachick and Robert of Newark, Del.; son, David A. McDaniel and Heather Selin of Jackson; brother, Alton McDaniel and Lucille of St. John, Kan.; sister, Shirley Rogers and David of North Manchester, Ind.; brother-in-law, Olin Hedrick of Franklin, W.Va.; stepchildren, Sue Cassel and David of Center Valley, Pa., Harold Gochenour and Deanna of DeFuniak Springs, Fla., Denise Parillo and Larry of Northridge, Calif.; one grandson and many stepgrandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Art had degrees from Patchogue High School, Long Island, N.Y., Bridgewater College in Virginia, and the University of Delaware. He served in the Navy, and was a high school English teacher and guidance counselor in the Delaware public schools. He was the Assistant Director of Continuing Education at the University of Delaware for many years, and retired from UD in 1986. Along with education, Art’s favorite passion was travel. He spent many happy hours planning trips, and driving around the country with his family. He was also a long-time member of the Church of the Brethren.
The family would like to say a special thank you to the wonderful, compassionate staff, both past and present, at Dirigo Pines. They cared for Art like he was one of their own family, and they and the staff of Hospice of Eastern Maine made him feel loved and comfortable during his final days.
A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, May 3, at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Franklin, W.Va. A service of Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.Brookings-Smith.com.