Daniel "Dan" George DePaul, Sr., age 72, of Collegeville, passed away on January 1, 2022. He was surrounded by his wife, three children, sister and nephew.
Born on September 7, 1949 to Tito and Mary (Deremiggio) DePaul in Norristown, PA. Dan graduated from Bishop Kenrick High School in 1967 at which point he enlisted in the Army. Dan proudly served his country and was deployed twice, traveling to Korea and Germany. It was during these deployments that Dan was trained in the diesel mechanic trade and would go on to work in this and the trucking fields until his retirement in 2017.
When Dan returned home from the military in 1971 he was known to make frequent stops at the local deli where a cashier by the name of Elizabeth "Liz" Chieffo caught his eye. It took some time, but in March of 1973 Dan worked up the nerve to ask Liz out on a date. The two were married in September of 1974 and went on to have three children, Daniel, Jr., Thomas and Caroline. Dan and Liz celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary this year.
Dan had various interests. He was a dedicated member of the Knights of Columbus, PV Council #3633. He also loved to watch movies, particularly "Rocky" and "The GodFather" (on repeat). Dan was known as the family heckler, "razzing" any adult, child or pet that crossed his path. But not a day went by that Dan didn't call his adult children. He took pride in their successes and loved hearing about their lives, new business ventures, college workloads and interactions they had out in the community. People that knew Dan put him into one of two categories. Some called him stubborn, others said he just knew what he wanted. Whatever it was, Dan was true to himself and his family until the end. He will always be remembered as a devoted father, husband and family man. A man of his word and a man of God.
Dan was predeceased by his parents Tito and Mary (Deremiggio) DePaul. He is survived by his loving wife, Elizabeth (Chieffo) DePaul, two sons, Daniel and Shanise (Hicks) DePaul, Jr. and Thomas and Casie (Koch) DePaul, and daughter Caroline DePaul. His sister, Victoria (DePaul) Ryther, grandchildren, Savan, Benjamin, Elizabeth, Riley and Luka, many nieces and nephews and his beloved feline companion, Gus.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing on Monday, January 10 from 10 AM to 11 AM at St. Eleanor Catholic Church 647 Locust St. Collegeville.
Funeral mass will follow at 11 AM.
Burial will be in St. Patrick cemetery.
In Lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Tunnels to Towers: https://t2t.orgor any other organization of your choice.