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Daniel Kenneth Lee, Jr
  • 47 years old
  • Date of birth: Dec 7, 1966
  • Place of birth:
    District of Columbia, United States
  • Date of passing: May 9, 2014
  • Place of passing:
    Hagerstown, Maryland, United States
Remembering Danny-- a life of generosity, authenticity and real goodness. Remember his smile and that contagious laugh!

That man is a success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much.
~ Robert Louis Stevenson ~

Daniel Kenneth Lee Jr., 47, was born on December 7, 1966 and went home to be with the Lord on May 9, 2014.   Danny lived his life simply, focused on being a great husband and father, an awesome son and brother, and a true friend to all he knew.  He was a dedicated and hard worker, and was known to family and his many friends as an extremely generous and gentle soul, with a contagious laugh and a good heart.  His time on earth feels much too short, but is an example of a life lived fully and focused on fulfilling his life purpose—to give of himself and to spend his life ‘being there’ on a daily basis for everyone he met.   

Danny was predeceased by his mother, Rosalind, and is survived by his wife, Myrtle, daughter Cara, sons Antonio and Theodore, grandson and best buddy, Malik, parents Daniel and Diane Lee, his sisters Ann, Jennifer (Eddie) and Stacey, his brother Kevin (Rachel) and a host of relatives, life-long friends and co-workers.  His words of encouragement and laughter will be keenly missed. 

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
~ 2 Timothy 4:7 ~ 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Ann Lee on 12th May 2016

"It's been two years, but it feels like longer and then again only yesterday. I quote you now. "It is what it is" is a truth that you taught me. There are days I would really love to get your insight and opinion on things that make me shake my head. Most of all, I  miss the experience of your laugh, which had a way of making the world make a little more sense because it was a better place when you laughed.

I am so grateful that I  had the privilege of being your big sister. You are loved forever."

This tribute was added by Barb Cushwa on 9th May 2015

"Only one year?  It seems a lot longer, I miss you every day. We had a lot more to do, a lot more traveling, and a lot more laughing to do. I still think about this day one year ago, and can not believe. That my dear friend would be gone. I am so sorry that I was not there for you like you were for me. Just know you are thought about and talked about a lot."

This tribute was added by Ann Lee on 7th December 2014

"Danny, you would have been 48 years old today.  Words are just so very inadequate to express how keenly you are missed.  What I will hold in my heart forever is everything you taught me--how to laugh, how to hug, how to be generous, how to trust God and most of all how to love.  

My tears are selfishly for all I will miss since you went home to Heaven, but I rejoice to know that today you rest in the presence of our Lord and Savior and you will greet me at the gates when my time on this earth is over.  That gap is tough to bear, especially today.   You are forever loved!!!

Always Your Big Sis,"

This tribute was added by Barb Cushwa on 7th December 2014

"I still miss you so much.  You left way too soon.  I wish your birthday was with us.  But I bet it"s a great one. Thank you for being a very good friend."

This tribute was added by Barb Cushwa on 29th June 2014

"This candle I light is for one of my dearest friends. Even though it is long after you are gone I still am having a very hard time getting past that. Today is Sunday and you should be coming to my house. How could it be that you were taken so young? I only wish that I had went to the hospital with you, I am VERY VERY sure they would have kept you. I will think that forever.  I miss you"

This tribute was added by LW Hespel on 27th May 2014

"I was shocked and saddened to just learn of Danny's passing.  I knew Danny through working for the railroad.  He was much more than just an acquantance or co-worker...he was a friend.  No matter how bad the day or night at work, as soon as I saw Danny I couldn't help but smile.  I'll always remember his laugh and all the jokes we shared.  He is and will continue to be sorely missed.  Larry Hespel"

This tribute was added by Barb Cushwa on 21st May 2014

"In memory of Danny Lee from Bonnie
My friend I will miss you very much for all the fun times we had together
at Barb's.Especially the trip to Niagara Falls.We sure had a great time together you were fun to be with and a great chauffer always putting
Barb and I first. I will miss the times I would answer the door At Barb's, there you stood. I will always think of you when I see M.&M' peanuts, I know how much you loved them and from time to time I would leave a
M.&M. treat for you. I will miss your favorite words ' It is what it is'
I will always treasure the friendship we had.
Love,   Bonnie"

This tribute was added by Bobbie Hetz on 20th May 2014

"I met Danny only a few years ago, as a friend of a friend.  It didn't take long for him to win a place in my heart.  I will be forever grateful for all the love, help, care, respect, consideration, and unconditional friendship he showed for our mutual friend, Barb.  He was a good man with a good heart.  He cared deeply for his family and friends.  I will always remember him as an unassuming, soft spoken, giant of a man with a quiet humor and a truly gentle soul."

This tribute was added by Derrick Martin on 18th May 2014

"If you ever wanted a big brother, he was the guy. His laugh and positive attitude was always a great feeling to be around. Danny was a real comedian. Every weekend and summer when I got to his house he would say," you again". Then the big laugh. I will always remember my summers with Danny and the Lee household. Danny would go to work, and then come back home and be bugged by me. I would stay close to him because I never had a big brother, but with Danny always beating me up, clowning me, and protecting me, I knew he was my bro. So thank you for all of our many memories, and every time I shoot a skyhook, it's for you bro. Luv ya man...."

This tribute was added by Stacey Lee on 16th May 2014

"“Heeeey,Sis!”

My first and my last memory of Danny is that phrase.  It was his way of greeting me whether we had seen each other only moments before or between years sometimes.  It was a light and contradictory solid voice of warmth.  It was always said with a smile whether physically or with the playfulness of his voice.

When I was a child my brother, when he said this phrase, it instantly meant a play fight.  I would swoop down the steps in my pajamas (Danny would often work all day) and one of my most pleasant memories was me running into his belly and playfully slapping it.  And with that he would laugh his huge laugh and lift me up and throw my small body to the couch, declaring himself the winner, and posing in his winner pose.  And I would laugh with him because it was impossible not to with Danny.   His arms were both strong and safe.  Tender and powerful.  Even after he moved away and I grew not so small his arms, when he saw me, would still envelop me like a child.  I always felt small and wanted in his arms.  Even the last time I saw him as I hugged him goodbye, his arms felt warm and loving.  That was the thing about Danny, he knew how to love.  He might not have been 100% perfect with loving others, who is?  But when he loved it was with all of him, with all of his strength, with all of his passion, like his laugh booming through the air.

When this life is over, and it will be over for all of us one day, I hope that when I get there Danny will be there.  And when he see me he’ll turn, give me that big grin, and say…

“Hey, sis.”

I love you, Danny."

This tribute was added by Emily Finck on 16th May 2014

"To Ann and family,
Paul and I are very sad to hear of Danny's passing.  What I will remember most is how sweet and kind Danny was.  We laughed A LOT during the old days at Kaplan in that DC office.  I also remember how much everyone liked him and how helpful he always was to people.  That is a wonderful legacy.  Our thoughts are with you."

This tribute was added by Tiffanea Yarnell on 16th May 2014

"It is upsetting to know that we will not see that big smile and hear that great big laugh of yours!! We will remember it though, I don't know how anyone that knew you couldn't!! You were a great, generous, and loving person!! We are honored to have met you, worked with you, and remained friends!! Although you are no longer with us it is great to know you are with the Lord and not suffering anymore!! Until we meet again, Shawn and Tiffanea"

This tribute was added by Barb Cushwa on 15th May 2014

"Danny was the BEST friend anyone could ever have. He was so good to me. It is really hard to realize that he won't be coming to visit anymore..He talked about his family a lot,. I am so sorry.  I will miss him greatly. We had such a wonderful vacation,and we were planning another. RIP, Love   Barb"

This tribute was added by Tanya Franklin on 15th May 2014

"You were always there when I needed to talk/ vent lol. You helped me through some of the hardest situation in my life. You were even courageous enough to teach me how to drive. The best Big brother/friend anyone could ever hope to have. You presence will truly be missed. Rest peacefully Danny!"

This tribute was added by George Hooper on 15th May 2014

"To Ann and the rest of the Lee family, I'm so sorry for your loss.  I did not know Danny personally, but it's obvious he was a wonderful person who leaves behind a tremendous void in the hearts and lives of those who knew him.
George Hooper"

This tribute was added by Ian Dickinson on 15th May 2014

"Our sincere condolences to the entire Lee family
Sincerely,
Ian and JJ Dickinson"

This tribute was added by Tiffany Hodge on 15th May 2014

"While it is hard to imagine a life without you, I know that the Lord has asked you to join him now because it is your time. From the time you were born, you have been a part of the foundation of our 20th Street Family/Village  and a constant smile for all of us. You were always easy going and there was never a time when we felt you were not there for us. As a very young child, I remember you laughing with your entire body with every memory of you being of love and in connection with all that surrounded you. While you were not a noisy child, we always knew that your waters ran deep. Love is a very shallow word for the man you became. I am honored and humbled to have had you in my life. We will not lean to our own understanding, but fall to our knees in celebration for the time we had with you. Give Roz and John a hug for me!"

This tribute was added by Scott Churchey on 15th May 2014

"You were taken way too soon. Without you and Myrtle I can't say that I have changed the way I view things in life.  You were always there for us when we needed help with something or someone to talk to.  I know you are in a better place now and you are no longer in pain.  We love you Danny"


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