Daniel Howard Socha
February 29, 1940 – December 29, 2020
Daniel was born in Detroit, Michigan, the only child of Stella and Leonard Socha.
He is survived by his wife, Susan Conlon Socha, of Dartmouth, two children, Judy Socha Cox and her husband, Brian, of Harvard MA, and Jeffrey Socha of Boylston MA, and 2 grandchildren, Peter and Sydney Socha of Boylston MA.
Dan graduated from Wilbur Wright co-operative high school in Detroit and joined the Coast Guard Reserve in 1958. After active duty he served a four-year tool & die apprenticeship at Burroughs Adding Machine Company. He worked as a tool maker and machinist until the late 1970’s when he changed careers.
In the time of a new emerging technology he started working for computer companies applying his manufacturing knowledge developing new markets, computer hardware and software products for the manufacturing engineering segment of industry. He also published papers for industry publications on manufacturing. As a part of his job he traveled to major manufacturing plants the world over. Touring the plants and seeing how things were made was one of the highlights of his career.
Dan was a polymath with extensive interests. He was at some level a philosopher, historian, engineer, programmer, craftsman, builder, student and adventurer. One of the maxims he lived his life by was “Tell me and I will forget, show me and I will remember, let me do it and I will understand.” He loved self-study and would read extensively about subjects he was interested in.
He loved scuba diving, hiking, snowshoeing, trekking, and did some mountaineering when he was in his 50’s. He also enjoyed motorcycling, kayaking, and woodworking. He tried his hand at oil painting, and did stock and futures trading in which he wrote his own trading system software programs.
After retirement he studied period furniture building and made reproductions. He designed and built his own kayaks. He also studied timber framing and built an addition to his home in that style as well as his own timber frame garage. As a hobby business he built sheds and custom dining tables.
He wrote and published two books, one on woodworking and one on philosophy.
He was an inspiration to all his family and friends who loved him.
“The measure of a well-balance life is to face death with neither fear nor welcome” Dan Socha
Memorial contributions in his honor may be made to Small Dog Rescue of New England at www.smalldogrescuene.org . Arrangements are in the care of the Waring-Sullivan Home at Dartmouth. For online tributes please visit: www.waring-sullivan.com
Daniel Howard Socha
January 9, 2021
Dan, as a key leader of the Dartmouth Historical and Arts Society, helped me implement the 2018 Delano Kindred reunion. Although I did not know Dan well, I knew him well enough to admire his dedicated work ethic, his professional attitude, and his quiet exemplary demeanor. He videotaped all the talks and posted them on the DHAS.org website where the speakers’ in-depth research will live on. Our DK membership owes Dan a debt of gratitude for his expertise and his dedicated effort. He was a pleasure to work with and I extend my sincere condolence to his family.
January 6, 2021
I am so sorry for the loss of Dan. Though I never met him, my husband spoke very highly of Dan after making his acquaintance while Dan built a shed for our son, John. It was the perfect addition to John's antique house in South Natick. Both Steve and Dan enjoyed the process and spoke the same language when it came to design and materials. The shed has been a wonderful addition to the property, and allows the family to store everything from bikes to tools in antique style. It was a pleasure for Steve to watch the project unfold and collaborate with Dan. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Sincerely, Martha and Steven Shuster
January 4, 2021
Sue, I am so, so, sorry for your loss. I never knew your husband, but from reading his tribute, he sounds like somone I wish I had met. My thoughts and prayers are with you; I understand how difficult this loss can be, having lost my beloved husband very recently.
January 1, 2021
Although we only met you a couple of times, we know your son Jeff very well and adore him. You made an amazing man in Jeff, for that we are thankful and full of appreciation for you.
Laura Alexopoulos Masterson
January 1, 2021
Susan, Jeff, and Judy,
What a role model for good living Dan was and is. I am thankful for this, that he imprinted on my life- to delve into things, to try things, and to not have to be defined by the doing, but by the kind of kindness you bestow on others throughout all of the doing. May you be comforted.