Daniel M. Stango Sr. of Havertown, PA passed away peacefully at home surrounded by the love of his family on May 26, 2020 at the age of 70. Born October 31, 1949 in Philadelphia, Dan was the son of the late Benjamin and Julia (nee Collins) and younger brother of Jack. Dan was raised in Yeadon, PA and resided in Havertown with his family. Dan was a graduate of Monsignor Bonner High School Class of 1967 and St. Joseph’s University.
Dan is the beloved husband of Ann (nee Consorte). Dan and Ann were high school sweethearts that met in the parking lot of their beloved Yeadon Swim Club. Together over 55 years, Dan and Ann married on December 30th, 1972. He is the loving father of Jessica (Mark) Porreca, Daniel Jr. (Christina) and Michael. He is the devoted Poppy to Adam Porreca, Ryan Porreca, Alyssa Porreca, Lucas Stango and Mikayla Stango. Dan is the younger brother of Jack (Loretta) and brother-in-law to Paul (Sue) Consorte and Joann (Bob) Patterson. He is also the loving uncle to many nieces and nephews with whom he loved spending time.
Dan was a proud resident of both Yeadon and Havertown. His fondest memories were deeply rooted in what he always described as, “The most amazing place to grow up.” As life swayed, Dan moved he and his family to Havertown in 1987. Dan found a similar sense of comfort in Havertown, where many of his two worlds constantly collided. Dan’s love for Yeadon and Havertown were both reinforced by his friends and family that surrounded him throughout his life.
Following his graduation from Monsignor Bonner, Dan achieved a Bachelor’s Degree from Saint Joseph’s University. Dan went on to open a family business in Drexel Hill, PA. Continuing his professional career, Dan retired after 27 years as a Purchasing Agent at Boeing Helicopters (2015).
Dan spent a lifetime of summers vacationing on 33rd Street in Longport, NJ. The shore was a safe haven for Dan that represented more than just a vacation. It was clear in Dan’s mind that Longport helped to bridge the gap between generations for both him and his older brother Jack. With this, stories remained both past and present as he and Jack enjoyed spending time with their families, taking long bike rides across the island and being at the beach with their grandchildren. Dan felt comfort in seeing the next generation experience the same salt air as he and his brother once experienced as children. Dan was famous for saying, “Every blade of grass knows me by name…I have been cutting it since I was 9 years old”
As an avid sports lover, Dan’s Philadelphia roots remained constant as he enjoyed watching the Phillies and was beyond thrilled to experience an Eagle’s Super Bowl Win. Dan rode the Philadelphia Sports fan “roller coaster” for many years with a grain of salt, but always remained true to his teams. One of Dan’s fondest memories was being able to experience the Championship with his son Dan Jr. as they were able to see the championship trophy in person. He showed his support for the local teams as well. A fixture at Haverford High sports for well over a decade, Dan was often seen at both home and away games cheering on the Fords with his son Michael always by his side.
Dan always balanced his love for sports with an intellectual level that was second to none. Well read, Dan enjoyed completing cross word puzzles and embarrassing anyone that sat in the room with him during an episode of Jeopardy. Dan’s love for reading and culture was shared with Jessica during family book club, plays in the city and culture club with “the girls.” Dan understood the power of knowledge and the importance of what it means to be life-long learner. With that, Dan always felt it was important to “unplug” and “pick up a book.”
The final chapter of Dan’s life began 14 years ago. During this time, Dan was able to experience his most fulfilling role as “Poppy” to 5 wonderful grandchildren. Dan loved spending time with his grandchildren. From dance recitals to baseball games to holidays, there was nothing more that Dan cherished than being with his grandchildren.
Dan will be laid to rest at Holy Cross Cemetery in a private ceremony surround by family.
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