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Daniel J. McDermott, Sr., age 71, of 101 N. Mill St., Ridgway, died unexpectedly Monday evening at his camp in Forest County. He was born February 8, 1948, in Port Allegany, PA son of the late James G. and Virginia L. (Stickles) McDermott. He married Susan M. Yonkofski on June 28, 1985, she survives. He resided in Ridgway most of his life and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Ridgway, the Ridgway American Legion, the V.F.W. and the Moose. He had been employed by Stackpole Carbon for 25 years and also SGL.
He is survived by his wife Susan M. McDermott of Ridgway, 1 son Daniel J. McDermott, Jr. of Erie, 3 daughters: Lori M. (Larry) Gardner of Ridgway, Lisa L. (Joshua) Gardner of Ridgway, and Shannon M. Candalor of Ridgway,; 11 grandchildren: Brandon, Shelby, Kimberly, Kelsey, Tyler, Dalton, Dylan, Morgan, Cameron, Drew, and Tia; 4 great-grandchildren: Landyn, Teddy, Charlotte, and Reider; 2 brothers: Robert (Marge) McDermott of Dagus Mines and T.J. (Debbie) McDermott of Kersey; a sister-in-law Barb McDermott of Kane; numerous nieces and nephews and his beloved dogs Sadie and R.J. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by 1 son Matthew McDermott at birth and 2 brothers: Richard McDermott and James McDermott.
A Memorial Service for Daniel J. McDermott, Sr. will be held at the Thompson Funeral Home on Saturday at 12:00 PM. Officiating will be Ronald L. Burkett, Pastor of the Hallton Church. Burial will be at Parklawn Memorial Gardens. Friends will be received at the Thompson Funeral Home on Saturday from 10:00 AM until the time of the service at 12:00 PM. Memorials, if desired, can be made to the donor’s choice.