EASTON — Daniel James Canzoniero, who passionately lived and loved life, his family and his communities, passed away on Nov. 28, 2018.
He was a longtime resident of Easton, Md., and Vero Beach, Fla., and devoted husband to his wife, Kathy Lewis Canzoniero; proud father to his children, Sarah Canzoniero Blutter (Paul) of Birmingham, Ala., James Milton Canzoniero (Jenna) of Baltimore; and Papa to his grandchildren, Serena, Eliza, Juliana and Christopher.
Dan was born on Jan. 23, 1953, in Yonkers, N.Y., the son of James George Canzoniero and Josephine Faramo Canzoniero. During his childhood, Dan developed a passion for entrepreneurship, working in his father’s business, American Monument Company. He also began his lifelong love for travel and foreign language, spending a summer in Santiago, Chile, and hosting an exchange student from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. After graduating from Briarcliff High School in 1971, he spent a summer traveling through South America. Dan spoke fluent Spanish and French.
Dan met Kathy at Principia College, in October 1971, in chemistry class. They married in the evening of June 2, 1974, in Elsah, Ill., after attending church and receiving their bachelor’s degrees at college graduation that same day.
Dan started his first business, Hallmark Card & Gift Shop in Aurora, Ohio, with Kathy, while in college. They grew and ran the business together, and eventually opened four stores in the Cleveland, Ohio, area. The fourth store was a joint venture among Dan, Kathy, and Kathy’s parents, Milton and Shirley Lewis. This company was a precursor to his future business career, intertwining family, hard work and business. While running the greeting-card business, Dan also earned his CPA license, his MBA at Baldwin-Wallace College and provided accounting services to businesses.
At 32, Dan became president of Gamse Lithographing Company, a printing company in Baltimore. He purchased and grew the company into a large, successful business, which he owned and ran with his son, Jimmy.
Dan was optimistic and generous, shining brightly in his many areas of interest, such as spending time with his children, grandchildren, cousins and friends; golf; investing; fine dining; sports; reading; and cars. Dan brought joy, enthusiasm, laughter, value and caring to every situation and relationship. He had a huge, outgoing personality and loved getting to know everybody. Dan made a positive impression on everyone he met; he made people feel special and important.
Dan loved boating from an early age and cherished all the time he spent on boat trips with family and friends throughout the East Coast. Dan traveled the world extensively with Kathy, his family and friends. Dan actively served his communities with sound analysis and practicality, as a member of: Young President’s Organization Gold; Chief Executive Organization; World Trade Center Institute, Baltimore; the Avalon Foundation, including on the board; Academy Art Museum, including on the board; Talbot Country Club; Tred Avon Yacht Club; Annapolis Yacht Club; Johns Island Club; Chesapeake Bay Yacht Club.
He is survived by his wife; children; grandchildren; sister, Julia Canzoniero Tomasulo (Joseph) of Somers, N.Y.; sister-in-law, Becky Lewis Blough (Gregory) of Cleveland, Ohio; nephews; nieces; and cousins. A memorial service will be held on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, at 11 a.m., at Christ Church, 111 S. Harrison St., Easton. Memorial donations may be made to the Academy Art Museum in Easton, 106 South St, Easton, MD 21601.
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