Daniel Martin Mester, 62, of West Springfield, MA and formerly of Shelton, CT, passed away on Tuesday, September 24th at his group home in Westfield, MA, surrounded by his caring staff. Daniel was born with Down Syndrome, on June 5, 1957 in Bridgeport, CT to the late John M and Evelyn (Tolster) Mester. He attended special education classes within the Shelton Public School System, graduating from Ripton School in June 1978. He then attended VARCA, a sheltered workshop, until he moved to Massachusetts in 1995. While at VARCA, he enjoyed the Friday night dances and the Saturday morning bowling league. He was also a participant in the Connecticut Special Olympics. In Massachusetts, he was a client at the Work Opportunity Center in Agawam until 2010, then a client at Hawthorne Day Health until his retirement in January 2018. He was a Communicant at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in West Springfield. Danny was an avid sports fan of the New York Mets and the New York Giants.
Daniel is survived by his sister, Susan Dickson and her husband Robert of West Springfield, his two aunts, Elizabeth (Betty) Ford of Woodbridge, CT and Sally Tolster of Bradenton, FL, his nephews Robert Dickson and his partner Teri Houser of W. Spfld. and Michael Dickson and his fiancé, Ashley Sullivan, and her daughters, Ella and Neve, of Feeding Hills, MA, two nieces, Anne Kelleher and her husband, Ryan, of W. Spfld., and Sarah Nelson her husband, Anthony, of Somers, CT. He is also survived by his grand-niece, Brynn Kelleher and two grand-nephews, Anthony and Christopher Nelson. Baby Kelleher is due in October. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his younger brother John in June of 1976.
A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held FRIDAY at 12:30 PM at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 47 Pine Street, W. Spfld. Burial will follow in Mt. St. Peters Cemetery in Derby, CT at 3 PM. Calling hours will be held FRIDAY from 10:30 AM to 12 NOON at TOOMEY-O’BRIEN FUNERAL HOME, 1043 WESTFIELD ST., W. SPFLD. Donations in Danny’s memory may be made to the West Springfield Special Olympics, 512 Forest Street, Marlborough, MA 01752, in care of Lynn McCarthy.
A special thank you goes out to the staff of Guidewire, Inc. This agency was responsible for giving Danny a loving and caring home for the past seven years. The care and love they provided was a comfort to him and his family. There are too many names to mention but each one of you made his life complete. Thank you.
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