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Daniel Joseph Totire
December 27, 2023
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Daniel Joseph Totire peacefully passed away on Wednesday, December 27 at 5:30pm at the Countryside Manor of Bristol, surrounded by family. He was born in New Britain, Connecticut on March 28, 1928, the son of Natale and Maria Totire of Forestville, Connecticut. He was the eldest of five siblings.
From an early age, Daniel was known to be intelligent and an avid reader, being able to read a newspaper as early as the age of 4. Having such a reputation for learning, he excelled in school and was moved up a grade. After graduating from High School, he was first employed at the Bendex Corporation making air-conditioners. Daniel graduated from the University of Connecticut with a BA in Mechanical Engineering and was inducted into the Tau Beta Pi honors society. He was very much interested in aircraft and wanted to enlist in the Air Force. However, he enlisted in the Army from 1946 to1952, specializing in aircraft communications. After being discharged, he moved to Ohio where he was employed at NASA’s Lewis Research Center (John Glenn) in Cleveland as an engineer. There, he would meet Carol Ann Hylbert, whom he married in 1962. They would eventually settle in North Olmsted, Ohio, where they raised their four children. When he was not working, Daniel would read, do research, enjoy gardening, and play bridge among other things. His quiet nature was expressed more in loving actions that showed how he loved his family and raised us in a godly manner.
In 1993, after 35 years, Daniel retired from NASA, and together he and his wife moved back to Daniel’s old homestead in Forestville, enjoying their retirement by gardening, traveling, and visiting the relatives. In 2022, both Daniel and Carol lived out their final days at the Countryside Manor in Bristol together.
Daniel Totire is predeceased by his wife Carol, sisters Marie Luboyeski, Betty Roy and Natalie Dana, and survived by his two sisters Anita Mansfield, Marguerite Champa, his four children Valerie Totire, Alan Totire and wife Jessy, Audrey Totire and husband Richard, Natalie Totire Brinley and husband Paul; four grandchildren Erica (Colin), Christian (Laila), Andrew, and Mariah. He will also be missed by three great-grandchildren, Rilynn, Noelle, and Soraya.
Many thanks to all the staff at Countryside Manor who took exceptional care of him and helped make his life enjoyable.
A memorial service will be held from 11am – 12pm at Faith Bible Church,168 Unionville Avenue in Plainville on Saturday January 20. Visiting hours are from 10:30-11:00am. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the National Space Grant Foundation at https://spacegrant.org/