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Daniel Smeragliuolo

January 8, 2016
Westfield Republican

Daniel Francis Smeragliuolo, educator, social worker and sailor, of Mayville, N.Y., passed from this life on Dec. 27, 2015. He was 59.

Born March 4, 1956, in Dunkirk, N.Y., to Alfonso Smeragliuolo and Clara Nalbone Smeragliuolo, Dan graduated from Jamestown High School and received his bachelor's degree from Canisius College in Buffalo before taking a sales position with TRW in Jamestown. In 1987, he moved to Baltimore, where he joined the faculty at Boys Latin School of Baltimore as associate dean of students, teaching social studies and history. Continuing his education, he earned his Master's of Social Work from the University of Maryland. Dan then worked as edu-cator and social worker at Kennedy Krieger High School, Anne Arundel County Public Schools, The Living Classrooms Foundation and The Board of Child Care of the United Methodist Church. He returned to Chautauqua in 2013, where he was employed by The Resource Center as the clinical operations coordinator for three mental health clinics. Most recently he served as director of behavioral services for Gateway Longview, a mental health service pro-vider in Buffalo, N.Y.

An avid sailor, Dan plied the waters of the Chesapeake Bay from Gibson Island, where he rose to be-come commodore of the Gibson Island Yacht Squadron from 2011-13. "In a purely tongue-in-cheek maneuver, he once rigged a wind-surfer on the bow of his single masted sloop "Object Permanence" to qualify for the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race," said John Hope, a friend and colleague from his time at The Living Classrooms Foundation. "Race officials were suffi-ciently amused to allow his boat to qualify," Hope said.

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Dan left an undeniable impression on nearly every person he met. An undying charisma, passion and a youthful vigor defined his essence. A skilled and creatively gifted craftsman, and sole originator of the genre "room-clearin' music," this unrelenting punner will be hard to for-get.

He is survived by his mother; a daughter, Anna Smeragliuolo of New York City; twin sister, Debbie Smeragliuolo and younger sister, Diane Smeragliuolo.

At 11 a.m. on Saturday, the family received friends at St. John's Roman Catholic Church, 270 Newton Ave., Jamestown, with Mass to follow at noon. Immediately after Mass, a celebration of Dan's life took place at the Lawson Boating Center in Bemus Point.

Memorial contributions: MindMe is a new mobile mental health app currently in development and in clinical trials. Health professionals will be able prescribe this app as a daily companion to patients, reminding them of techniques that they have learned in therapy. It has been specifi-cally designed for suicide prevention, and immediately links at-risk individuals to personalized care when they need it the most. Dan was passionate about help-ing the MindMe team expand its mission to support at-risk adolescent populations.Donations to MindMe can be made care of Dr. David Putrino at Burke Medical Research Institute, 785 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, NY 10605.

Arrangements are by the Migliore Funeral Home.

 
 
 

 

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