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FRAMINGHAM – John T. Daniels, 68, of Framingham passed away Saturday February 5, 2022 a few days after a sudden and unavoidable medical event.

Born in Bowling Green, KY, he was the son of the late Lovie (Stewart) Daniels and John Wallace. John was a devoted husband to Colleen Murphy Daniels, and a proud and loving family man who cherished his children Chris (Paula), Chad, and Evan, as well as his grandchildren Ashtyn and Crosby. 

He was a man of humble beginnings. The youngest of 6 was placed in an orphanage in Bowling Green as a toddler. John honed his incredible work ethic during his time on that farm. He never complained about the hand he was dealt, because he realized the orphanage was a better option than the life he was born into. Along with his immediate family, he leaves behind his sister Shirley Harlow of Ky, his brother Chris/Roger (Carmen) Daniels of CA, and many nieces and nephews throughout the country. He was predeceased by his brothers Bobby and Jackie as well as his sister Shelba Hodges.

A quiet, soft spoken, and unassuming man who never sought the spotlight or recognition for his good deeds.  Nothing was ever done for show. Reliable, kind, and non judgemental. Offering support to all that needed it. Known for his friendly, positive, and outgoing disposition. The list of all that will miss his bear hugs upon greetings and departures is long. He smiled and laughed often and enjoyed a rich social life with family and friends.  

John was a very giving person with his time, skills, and attention. A jack of all trades who could figure out just about any project or repair. He was always there to lend a hand and help in a variety of ways for family, friends, coworkers, and neighbors. No project was too big or too small. He loved coaching and mentoring his kids and their friends, grandkids, neighbors, and the youth of Framingham. Many will miss his presence as a surrogate father/brother/uncle or role model in their lives. Please consider paying it forward and doing something nice for the people in your lives in his memory.

Although John had to leave us, in doing so he saved 3 people’s lives with his organ donations and will help countless others with his tissue donations. In our darkest hours, we welcomed the much needed shift towards peace when we realized the good that could come out of our pain. We truly feel comfort knowing John will live on in others and that many will be able to live a better life due to his gifts.

Contributions in John’s name may be made to New England Donor Services through their website at or by check payable to New England Donor Services 60 1st Avenue, Waltham, MA 02451. Please consider becoming an organ donor and giving others the gift of life. 

In keeping with John’s wishes, he was cremated without a formal wake or funeral.

The family will honor him with a celebration of his life at a later date. For those that wish to pay respects, you could remember and honor John in a way that he saw fit by raising a glass of your favorite beverage of choice. 

The Daniels Family would like to thank the kind and caring staff of The Metrowest Medical Center of Framingham, Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, New England Donor Services, and the McCarthy, McKinney, and Lawler Funeral Home for their compassionate and respectful attention in our time of need.  

This Navy veteran loved the ocean and dreamed of being out on the open waters again.  We say “Fair Winds and Following Seas” as he sails above his loved ones keeping a watchful eye.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.