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Daniel "Dan" Cassano

September 2, 1947 — October 29, 2023

Highlands Ranch

Daniel "Dan" Cassano

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Daniel Robert Cassano was born in NYC, NY on 9/2/1947 to Dorothy H. (Pollack) & Daniel J. Cassano. He was raised in Astoria, NY and lived there until he married his devoted wife, Virginia Theresa Cassano on 9/28/1975. A year after their marriage, they moved to Mineola, NY where they lived for 9 years. In 1985, they moved to Littleton (Centennial) Colorado and lived there for 33 years. Since then, they have been living at Windcrest Independent Living in Highlands Ranch, a suburb of Denver. He and Virginia were very happy in their new community.

 

Dan is survived by his wife, Virginia (Ginny) and son, Michael and his wife, Tracy, and his Grandchildren Ryan Daniel, Hailey Lynn and Anthony Dale. Dan is also survived by his siblings Barbara Reed and Carol Giroux. Preceding him in death were his brother, Ronald, sister-in-law, Monica Cassano and brothers-in-law, Jack Reed and Hal Giroux. He is also survived by his cherished in-laws and out-laws, nieces, nephews and loyal friends.

 

Dan graduated from Aviation HS in Queens, NY in 1965 where he attained a Power Plant Mechanic License. From 1966-1970, he served in the United States Air Force including tours in Vietnam and Thailand. After completing his assignment in the USAF, he was employed with United Airlines for 32 years in NY and CO. After retiring from UAL in 12/02, he moved to the mountains and bought a Mountain Man Nut and Fruit franchise and was known as “Dan, The Mountain Man”. After 10 years as a purveyor of quality chocolates, nuts, dried fruits, trail mixes and candies, he then became a driver for EPIC Mountain Express (formerly Colorado Mountain Express in Edwards, CO) for 8 years.

 

Over the years, when Michael was young, Dan was a youth hockey coach for the Littleton Hockey Association and the Vail Mountaineers. He also was a member of the Windcrest Veterans’ and Car Clubs.

 

In 2016, he and his wife moved back to the Denver area where he continued driving for EPIC. He lived in the Denver area until his death on 10/29/23. Dan will be remembered as a gentleman, a gentle man, devoted husband, father, father-in-law, Grandfather, brother, uncle, Godfather and hockey fanatic. He was a LIFE-LONG RANGER FAN (He can now “die in peace”!) He loved to travel, be with his family, esp. his Grandchildren, and friends. He will certainly be missed by everyone who knew him. He now enjoys time in the celestial ‘ready room’.

 

There will be a viewing and Rosary at Horan & McConaty at 5303 E. County Line Rd, Centennial on 11/7/23  from 2:30-5:30PM & 7-9PM (Rosary at 8:30PM). Livestreaming will be available from 7pm - 9pm https://event.forgetmenotceremonies.com/ceremony?c=8bc07d0e-96d3-4822-8913-6f22b72a347e. There will be short viewing before Dan’s Mass of the Resurrection at St Mary Church at 6853 S Prince St, Littleton on 11/8/23 at 10:30AM.  To view the Mass via livestream, please click on this link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qv40naGKr0 There will be a Military Burial at Ft Logan on 11/9/23 at 1PM.

 

A video slide show of Dan can be viewed using this link: https://www.tributeslides.com/tributes/show/4S3TMS5YJYCKK8NY

 

In lieu of flowers, Dan asked for a donation, if you wish, to be made in his name to: WIND CREST RESIDENT CARE FUND  (℅ THE WIND CREST PHILANTHROPY OFFICE) 3235 MILL VISTA RD, HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO 80129

 

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PORTER HOSPICE FOUNDATION PO BOX 913401, DENVER, CO 80291

Dan and his family wish to thank each of you. especially his PRAYER ARMY, for your prayers, friendship, caring and support during his cancer journey. 

 

Please share memories and condolences with Dan's family by signing the guest book.

 

You are invited to join the livestream of the service by following the below link:

https://www.youtube.com/live/NVcbp844XSk?si=Wcj83AD3QlKVlNDm

 

 

 

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Past Services

Visitation

Tuesday, November 7, 2023

2:30 - 5:30 pm (Mountain (no DST) time)

Horan & McConaty Funeral Service and Cremation - South Metro/Centennial

5303 E County Line Rd, Centennial, CO 80122

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Visitation

Tuesday, November 7, 2023

7:00 - 9:00 pm (Mountain (no DST) time)

Horan & McConaty Funeral Service and Cremation - South Metro/Centennial

5303 E County Line Rd, Centennial, CO 80122

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Recitation of the Rosary

Tuesday, November 7, 2023

8:30 - 9:00 pm (Mountain (no DST) time)

Horan & McConaty Funeral Service and Cremation - South Metro/Centennial

5303 E County Line Rd, Centennial, CO 80122

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Mass of the Resurrection

Wednesday, November 8, 2023

10:30am - 12:00 pm (Mountain (no DST) time)

St. Mary's Catholic Church

6853 S Prince St, Littleton, CO 80120

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Graveside Service

Thursday, November 9, 2023

1:00 - 2:00 pm (Mountain (no DST) time)

Fort Logan National Cemetery

3698 S Sheridan Blvd, Denver, CO 80236

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