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Gary Danford

Gary W. Danford

March 4, 1946 - March 31, 2020
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Gary Wayne “Butch” Danford, 74, of Hinsdale, died Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at Berkshire Medical Center.
Born in Pittsfield on March 4, 1946, son of the late Malcolm J. and Mildred LeClair Danford, he was a 1963 graduate of Pittsfield High School. He later continued his education at Berkshire Community College graduating in 1975 with an associate degree in criminal justice.
A Vietnam War veteran, Mr. Danford was inducted into the United States Army on November 1, 1965. He was a recipient of 2 Overseas Bars, a Purple Heart, Vietnam Service and Vietnam Campaign Medal. He was honorably discharged on August 30, 1967 with the rank of SP5 (T).
After returning home from Vietnam, Gary became a member of the Pittsfield Police Department, where he rose through the ranks to Detective and retired as a Sergeant. Mr. Danford retired in 2000 with more than thirty years’ service.
Gary loved to ride his Harley, go boating, and vacation with his family. He was a member and loved by everyone who met him at the Dalton VFW and a member of the American Legion.
He is survived by son, Nathan J. Danford, with whom he resided; daughter, Tina M. Kickery of Pittsfield; brother, Mark J. Danford of Port Orange, FL, and grandsons, Devin Kickery of Pittsfield, and Caiden J. Parker of Dalton. He was pre-deceased in death by his wife, the former, Lee S. Phillips, his son, Scott M. Danford, and daughter, Corey M. Danford.
FUNERAL NOTICE: In compliance with government mandates, funeral services for Gary W. Danford will now be private. Burial with military honors will be in Maple Street Cemetery Hinsdale. In lieu of flowers, those who desire may make memorial contributions to Homes for Our Troops in care of DERY-FOLEY FUNERAL HOME, 890 E. Main St, Dalton, MA 01226.
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Mike Lefebvre

Posted at 08:06pm
I have known Gary and his Brother Mark for many years . Both amazing people . I lived next to Gary in Hinsdale for many years . He was a great neighbor and friend . We had many wonderful times on the hill. May he R.I.P. I'll see you in the wind . My condoulances to the Family .
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Rainbow Hornyak

Posted at 05:16pm
I've always been so proud of my cousin Gary. I'll remember him as a big strong Pittsfield Police Officer. As a child and unruly teenager, his presence made me straighten up and behave a little better. Seeing Gary, Mark and my uncles Jimmy and Malcolm in uniform, made me feel safe in Pittsfield. When hanging out on North St. or going to the Boys Club dances I was greeted and watched over. Gary always had a hug, smile and a kind word to say every time I saw him. When he was in Vietnam we prayed for his safe return. I recall my mother being stressed one day and thinking of Butch. My mother, Barbara Danford Tiska, had a strong inner spirit that provided her knowledge of things that happened before she was actually told. She knew when her nephew was wounded before the call came. Our prayers were answered when he came home safe. As it is for many veterans, Vietnam and tragedies' through his services were haunting demons in his life. I recently enjoyed reading the book 50 Murders in Pittsfield and again I was reminded of the respect and love I had for Gary. He gave a lot in life and grew tired before he passed away. Gary rest in peace, and know you were loved by me and many people. You'll never be forgotten.
Love, Rainbow Susan Tiska Hornyak
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