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Alan Daninhirsch

Bristol, Connecticut

February 8, 1940 - August 20, 2022

Alan Daninhirsch Obituary

Alan I. Daninhirsch, 82, of Bristol, passed away on Saturday, August 20, 2022 with his best friend and constant companion, Kathy Randall, by his side. Alan was born February 8, 1940 in Brooklyn, NY, the oldest son of Harry and Pearl (Klapper) Daninhirsch. He fondly recalled his childhood living in Coney Island and had the opportunity to bring his own children back there as part of his 80th birthday celebration. His family moved to Danbury, CT when he was 11. It was in Danbury that he met his next door neighbor’s visiting cousin, Judy Harris. The two were married in 1963 and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary before Judy’s passing in 2014. Alan graduated from Danbury High School and earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Pratt Institute. He served in the US Army from 1966-1968 as a First Lieutenant and Combat Engineer Unit Commander. He received a National Defense Service Medal and an Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. He worked for Kaestle Boos Associates as an architect and then for O&G Industries as a Project Manager. Alan was immensely proud of 50 years of service in the Lions Club. He held all leadership positions in the New Britain Lions and was District Governor and Council Chairperson. He worked on 7 campaigns for nominees to International office, including a successful campaign that will ultimately lead to a CT Lion becoming International President.
Alan served on the Board of Eversight, representing CT in facilitating cornea recovery and transplants. He was Past President of the Low Vision Center and continued to serve as a mentor. He was supportive of the CT Lions Eye Research Foundation and Vice Chair of the CT Eye Bank and Research Foundation. He was a fixture in the New Britain school system, performing vision screenings on over 6,000 children per year in collaboration with the New Britain Lions Club. He organized the first-ever CT Lions Camp for Children with Diabetes which will now have the Frisbee golf course named in his honor. Alan was a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow, a Knight of the Blind, and an Ambassador of Sight. Alan loved to play “at golf” and enjoyed a couple of weekly leagues.
Alan is survived by his daughter Audra and her husband Hillel Weisel of Maine; his son Michael Daninhirsch and his wife Hilary of Pennsylvania; grandchildren Aden Weisel and her husband Brendan Walmer, Tova and her husband Eric Zsampar, Natalie and Jessica Daninhirsch. He is also survived by his brother Stuart Daninhirsch of Milford, CT and brother-in-law Dick Deaton of Virginia. In addition to his wife Judy, Alan was predeceased by his brother Steven. Alan’s family would like to thank Kathy Randall for all that she did and meant to our Dad and to us.
Funk Funeral Home, Bristol, CT has been entrusted with Alan’s arrangements. All services are private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lions Club of New Britain Charities, Inc. 142 West Main St., New Britain, CT 06052

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Alan I. Daninhirsch, 82, of Bristol, passed away on Saturday, August 20, 2022 with his best friend and constant companion, Kathy Randall, by his side. Alan was born February 8, 1940 in Brooklyn, NY, the oldest son of Harry and Pearl (Klapper) Daninhirsch. He fondly recalled his childhood living in Coney Island and had the opportunity to bring his own children back there as part of his 80th birthday celebration. His family moved to Danbury, CT when he was 11. It was in Danbury that he met his next door neighbor’s visiting cousin, Judy Harris. The two were married in 1963 and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary before Judy’s passing in 2014. Alan graduated from Danbury High School and earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Pratt Institute. He served in the US Army from 1966-1968 as a First Lieutenant and Combat Engineer Unit Commander. He received a National Defense Service Medal and an Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. He worked for Kaestle Boos Associates as an architect and then for O&G Industries as a Project Manager. Alan was immensely proud of 50 years of service in the Lions Club. He held all leadership positions in the New Britain Lions and was District Governor and Council Chairperson. He worked on 7 campaigns for nominees to International office, including a successful campaign that will ultimately lead to a CT Lion becoming International President.
Alan served on the Board of Eversight, representing CT in facilitating cornea recovery and transplants. He was Past President of the Low Vision Center and continued to serve as a mentor. He was supportive of the CT Lions Eye Research Foundation and Vice Chair of the CT Eye Bank and Research Foundation. He was a fixture in the New Britain school system, performing vision screenings on over 6,000 children per year in collaboration with the New Britain Lions Club. He organized the first-ever CT Lions Camp for Children with Diabetes which will now have the Frisbee golf course named in his honor. Alan was a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow, a Knight of the Blind, and an Ambassador of Sight. Alan loved to play “at golf” and enjoyed a couple of weekly leagues.
Alan is survived by his daughter Audra and her husband Hillel Weisel of Maine; his son Michael Daninhirsch and his wife Hilary of Pennsylvania; grandchildren Aden Weisel and her husband Brendan Walmer, Tova and her husband Eric Zsampar, Natalie and Jessica Daninhirsch. He is also survived by his brother Stuart Daninhirsch of Milford, CT and brother-in-law Dick Deaton of Virginia. In addition to his wife Judy, Alan was predeceased by his brother Steven. Alan’s family would like to thank Kathy Randall for all that she did and meant to our Dad and to us.
Funk Funeral Home, Bristol, CT has been entrusted with Alan’s arrangements. All services are private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lions Club of New Britain Charities, Inc. 142 West Main St., New Britain, CT 06052

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Alan Daninhirsch hosted by Funk Funeral Home.

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