John Gary Danyew
December 2, 1957 – January 4, 2020
SMSgt (Ret.) John Gary Danyew, age 62, of Cumberland Maine passed away peacefully on January 4th 2020 after a valiant battle with Alzheimer’s. He was born on December 2nd 1957 in Windsor Vermont, the son of Fletcher Danyew and Germaine and Everett Wood.
John grew up in Windsor where he excelled in track, basketball, and football. He was a proud yellow jacket graduate of the “spirit of ’76.” John was a proud American who served 22 years in the United States Air Force and bravely served during Desert Storm. In continuing his love of sports, he shared his gift of athleticism by coaching his daughter’s sports teams on every base he was stationed. Every player adored Coach Danyew. After retiring John moved his family from Andersen Air Force base in Guam to Cumberland Maine where he was employed for a decade by Central Maine Power as a civil engineer. John was known for his caring nature. He was always helping people, and despite Alzheimer’s he never lost his smile or sense of humor.
He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Anna (Rose) Danyew, daughters Amber (Adam) Dews of Cumberland, and Ashley (Brian) Day of Saco. Father Everett of Windsor, VT. Sister Suzanne (Doug) Whitcomb of Windsor, VT, and Brother Ronald (Pauline) Danyew of Waterbury, VT. Four treasured grandchildren; Eva, Oliver, Rosie, and Grace.
He was preceded in death by his Father Fletcher, his Mother Germaine (Nana) and Brother Ernest. The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to the amazing staff of the Scarborough Maine Veteran’s Home for their unwavering exceptional care of John.
His funeral Mass will be celebrated this summer in Windsor, Vermont.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to:
Town of Cumberland In Memory of John Danyew C/NY Kids TRI 290 Tuttle Road Cumberland, ME 04021 and Maine Chapter Alzheimer’s Association 383 US Route 1 Scarborough, Maine 04074
No services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
John Gary Danyew
January 12, 2020
I am so sorry to learn of John's passing. I was in my 5th year of teaching at Windsor JR - SR High School when I lucked out to have John enter my 7th Grade Social Studies class. I can see him now! Simply put, after 40 years of teaching, I can say from the bottom of my heart that John was one of the best of the best. I am also saddened that we both ended up in Cumberland Center without my being aware.
January 6, 2020
Prayers to the family. I know John is in a better place. I thought of John as one of my best friends in Alaska. We had several memorable nights playing uker plus many camping/hunting trips. It seemed like John's favorite time of the year was February/March when the dog mushers ran the Iditarod. Everything we did in Alaska, we had fun. In fact, John was just a fun person to be around and he wanted everyone in his group to have to fun. That made him a good friend and mentor. John will be missed.