Daniel F. Weaver, Sr., 88, of North Syracuse and Fishers Landing, passed away Tuesday, January 13, 2015, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Syracuse. Daniel was born in Cape Vincent, NY, and grew up in the Clayton area where he graduated from Clayton High in 1944. He resided in North Syracuse for the past 55 years and maintained a second home in Fishers Landing for the past 47 years. He was the son of the late Frederick A. and Geraldine (Baklear) Weaver.
Daniel entered the US Army in 1945 and received Ranger and Advance Infantry training. He was shipped out to Pacific Theater with the 184th Regiment of the 7th Division during WWII. Daniel was then shipped to the 38th Parallel in Korea to meet the Russian Army. They secured the railroad and the entire country of Korea. While enlisted, Daniel was awarded the Army of Occupation Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the WWII Victory Medal, and the Expert Infantry Badge. He was a proud veteran who participated in Honor Flight #4 to Washington DC on October 4, 2014.
Daniel attended St. Lawrence University and Paul Smith College before attending Syracuse University/SUNY-ESF where he received his Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering. He retired in 1983 after 39 years as an engineer for the NYS Dept. of Transportation. Daniel was awarded the "Engineer of the Year" award for NYS A.T.E. Section 3 in 1981. In retirement, he continued with construction jobs in Clayton and Watertown and until recently, Daniel piloted boats as a Captain with his 100 ton Coast Guard License for the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, and Clayton Boat Lines.
He was an exempt member of the Clayton Fire Dept. and former member of the Clayton Calumets Racing Team. Daniel was a life member of the American Legion Post #821 in Clayton and of the District 6 Syracuse Power Squadron. He was a life member of the VFW Post #3146 in Mattydale and of Pastime Athletic Club in Syracuse. Daniel was a member of the Third Degree Knights of Columbus Bishop Curly Council #3717 in North Syracuse and the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus Msgr. Jeremiah McCarthy General Assembly #773. He was a communicant of St. Margaret's Church in Mattydale and of St. Mary's Church in Clayton. Daniel was best known for his love of the river and his family.
He was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Sarah Conan Weaver, in 2010 and by his daughter, Martha, in 2014.
Daniel is survived by two children: Katherine Weaver-Van Marter and Daniel F. Weaver, Jr., both of North Syracuse; his granddaughter, Alexandria (Joshua) Reynolds of Buffalo; a great grandson, Maxwell Clayton; and two siblings: Robert Weaver of Clayton, and Eleanor Gould of Watertown.
Contributions in Daniel's memory may be made to the American Legion Post #821, 518 Riverside Drive, Clayton, NY, 13624 or to the Clayton Fire Dept., 855 Graves St., Clayton, NY 13624.
Friends may call on Friday from 3-8 pm at Krueger Funeral Home, 2619 Brewerton Rd., Mattydale. A Prayer Service will begin at the funeral home on Saturday at 9:30 am followed by a 10 am Mass of Christian Burial at St. Margaret's Church. Spring Burial will be in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Pompey.