Daniel H. DeMale

September 16, 1925April 7, 2013

Daniel Hugo DeMale, 87, of Eastham, formerly of Middletown, CT gave up his brave fight against heart failure on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at his home. He was the beloved husband of Vida Ruth Ritchie for 62 years. He was born in Middletown, CT on Sept 16, 1925, the son of German immigrants, Hugo and Nellie (Habelmann) DeMale. At 17, he enlisted in the US Navy during WW2. He served as an Armed Guard on Atlantic convoys and during the D-day invasion. After discharge, he went to electronics school and then worked for RCA. Later he was employed by United Technologies in E Hartford and Middletown in the engineering department. He retired in 1983 when he and Vida retired to their dream come true life. They enjoyed much that the Cape has to offer - swimming, boating, fishing, biking etc. They became square dancers with the Nau-set Squares. They were early members of the Eastham Forum where they worked on the Eastham Forum Flower Islands (EFFI's). Under their leadership as co-coordinators for the past 28 years, the EFFI's have grown from 3 to 21 gardens. In 2004, they were chosen as Eastham Citizens of the Year. Besides his wife Vida, he is survived by a son Daniel, 2 grandsons Michael and Christopher with wife Jennifer, 3 great-granddaughters Eliana, Ava and Quinn, of Naperville, IL. He leaves a sister Eleanor McNeil with husband Robert of Dennis. From Eastham, 2 nieces, Elaine Gaffey Lucas and husband Arthur, and Gail Gaffey Pietrycha and husband Richard, as well as additional nephews and nieces Debbie, Bonnie, David, Tim and Brian. The Nickerson Funeral Home is arranging a military internment to be held at the Evergreen Cemetery, Rte 6 Eastham on Wednesday April 10 at 1 PM. There will be a celebration of his life at the Eastham United Methodist Church in July. Date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the VNA Hospice, 434 Rte. 134 suiteD3, S Dennis, MA 02660, or Eastham United Methodist Church, Rte. 6 Eastham, Ma 02642.


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Daniel H. DeMale

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Andree Gould

April 26, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

April 18, 2013

Goodbye, Dan. A great friend and neighbor. I will really miss you. Marge Sturm

Ellen Carney

April 12, 2013

A sad day to learn of. Dan's passing. My deepest sympathy to Vidal and her family on the loss of their beloved Dan.
Much love,
Ellen Carney

Florence Hodkinson

April 9, 2013

So sorry to hear about Dan's passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and our prayers.
George & Florence Hodkinson

Elizabeth Kelley

April 9, 2013

We will all miss Dan so much. He was a wonderful person and lived life to the fullest. He was younger than his years right to the end. He was a blessing to all that he met. Liz, Bill Z and Kate

Elaine and Bob Messias

April 9, 2013

We will Dan, his friendly smile, and his great dancing ability. Our prayers are with Vida and all of Dan's family.

Bob and Elaine Messias

April 9, 2013

We will miss Dan, his friendly smile, and his great dancing ability. Our prayers are with Vida and all of Dan's family.

Sandy Dave

April 8, 2013

He stood tall, met you with a smile and a ready welcome, wasn't full of himself, and had dodged a bomb on D-Day. Not the average guy. We shall miss him very much.

George Buffington

April 8, 2013

George and Joan send condolences to Vida and Dan's family. We will miss him.
Dan was a good friend and a fine man.

Madalyn Hillis-Dineen

April 8, 2013

Dear Vida and family:

We will miss Dan. He was charming and handsome and had a smile that was contagious. What an inspiration you two were to us as a couple who danced almost right to the end. Keeping you all in our prayers. Love, Doug and Madalyn Dineen