Daniel R. Willette

Daniel R. Willette, of Randolph, passed away October 18, 2017 at the age of 62. Born and raised in Maine, Dan was a graduate of Limestone High School and worked for Metlife/New England Life. He enjoyed playing in his work softball league, and loved all Boston sports, scratch tickets, and most of all his grandchildren.

Beloved husband of Ellen (Baker) Willette. Loving father of Nina Kienzle and her husband Ken and Kimberly Rowe and her husband Rick. Son of the late Walter and Eva (King) Willette. Devoted brother of Gordon, Lawrence, Gerald, Theresa, Rita, Clara, Lorraine, Diane and the late Stanley and Walter Jr. Dear grandfather of Justin and Kayla. Cherished son-in-law of Dorothy Baker and the late Arthur M. Baker.

Visiting hours will be held at the Hurley Funeral Home, 134 So. Main St. (Rt. 28) in Randolph on Saturday, October 21st from 2-4pm followed by a service at 4pm. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of may be made to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s Lung Cancer Research at www.bidmc.org/givingor by check made payable to “Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center” with “Daniel Willette/Lung Cancer Research” on the memo line and mailed to: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Office of Development, 330 Brookline Ave – OV, Boston, MA 02215.

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First Name: Carol and Bill
Last Name: Kienzle
City: Larchmont
State: NY
Country:
Entry Date: 10/19/2017

So sorry to hear of Dan's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time.


First Name: Diana and Dan
Last Name: Dechichio
City: Wesley Chapel
State: FL
Country: US
Entry Date: 10/19/2017

So sorry to hear of Danny's passing.


First Name: Cathleen
Last Name: Gill
City: Hudson
State: NH
Country:
Entry Date: 10/19/2017

So sorry to hear of Danny’s passing. You knew your car would be safe as he took good care of us all at New England Life. He knew your name and was an all around great guy. He will be missed.


First Name: MaryEllen
Last Name: Zier
City: Lowell
State: MA
Country:
Entry Date: 10/19/2017

My thoughts and prayers are with Ellen and your family.


First Name: William &Janet
Last Name: Roderick Sr
City: Billerica,
State: MA
Country: Middlesex
Entry Date: 10/19/2017

We are so sorry for your loss ,you are in our prayers .


First Name: Phyllis
Last Name: Burgess
City: Cambridge
State: MA
Country:
Entry Date: 10/19/2017

Dan was a special person who touched my life and left his own unique mark on my heart.
Wishing your family peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead, and loving memories to forever hold in your familys' hearts.
Love, Phyllis


First Name: John, Linda and Kayla
Last Name: Haas
City: West Haven
State: CT
Country: USA
Entry Date: 10/19/2017

We are so sorry for your pain and loss. Our prayers and love go out to you all.


First Name: Julie
Last Name: Slaughter
City: Presque Isle
State: ME
Country: United States
Entry Date: 10/19/2017

My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time of sorrow. Please remember Him with all the laughter and joy and memories you have inside. God bless you and comfort you -Julie


First Name: Meghan
Last Name: Malone
City: Braintree
State: MA
Country: United States
Entry Date: 10/20/2017

Thinking of you all and sending love and prayers.


First Name: Judy
Last Name: Collins Peterson
City: Scott AFB
State: IL
Country: USA
Entry Date: 10/20/2017

My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Danny was a sweet guy! He grew up with my brothers and sisters but always took time to speak to me. Another good one gone too soon.


First Name: Peggy
Last Name: Burson Holmes
City: Canaan
State: ME
Country: United States
Entry Date: 10/20/2017

It is so heartbreaking to hear that Danny has passed...so sorry for your loss. RIP Danny


First Name: Gerry & Andrea
Last Name: Kilroy
City: Medford
State: MA
Country: USA
Entry Date: 10/20/2017

Our sincerest condolences to the entire Willette Family. We will keep you all in our hearts at this most difficult time. We both have the fondest memories of Dan - from NEL to all the Sports pools that Danny was such a big part of and enjoyed so much. Much love to you all - Andrea & Gerry.


First Name: Monda and Larry
Last Name: Reynolds
City: Sumter
State: SC
Country: United States
Entry Date: 10/20/2017

I am so sorry to hear about your loss of Danny (my cousin) . May God's Grace and Love surround the family in your time of loss. My prayers to all.

Monda


First Name: Blanche (Berube) & Barry
Last Name: Street
City: New Braunfels
State: TX
Country: USA
Entry Date: 10/20/2017

Sincere condolences Diane and family. Prayers to all.


First Name: Dave and Linda
Last Name: Sproules
City: Randolph
State: MA
Country: USA
Entry Date: 10/20/2017

Sorry to hear of Dan's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless
Dave and Linda


First Name: Lorraine
Last Name: Studer-miller
City:
State: OH
Country:
Entry Date: 10/20/2017

Diane and family , my heart hurts for your loss. I remember Danny from High School . My thoughts and prayers are with you . May you feel the peace that passes understanding in the days ahead!


Lorraine Studer Miller


First Name: Debbi
Last Name: Savage
City: Randolph
State: MA
Country: United States
Entry Date: 10/20/2017

Prayers up blessings down to you and yours. Hugs Ellen. Love you, my friend. I am here for you always.


First Name: Karen
Last Name: Mitchell
City: Avon
State: MA
Country: United States
Entry Date: 10/21/2017

So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and my prayers are with all the the Willett family.


First Name: Doug
Last Name: Hartsock
City: Seattle
State: WA
Country:
Entry Date: 10/21/2017

I knew Danny in junior high in Limestone, Maine. I was a Loring AFB base kid; when my father was sent to Vietnam, our family had to move off base to Limestone.

Danny Willette was one of those kids that many communities have: a gifted athlete whose God-given abilities transcends those of his peers. If you saw the movie Hoosiers, Danny was the Jimmy Chitwood of Limestone Junior High: the Phenom. One basketball game that I remember to this day illustrates this. That particular year our team was doing poorly. We may not have even won a game. But finally a game came along where we were down by one point with a few seconds to go.

I remember scrambling for a loose ball and calling a time out. Coach Salminen drew up a play in the huddle, and we brought the ball in. Only the play broke down. I had the ball at the top of the key, an opponent in my face, time was running out, when I looked up to see Danny running the baseline, holding his hand high, a look on his face that said "get me the ball." I somehow did, and he laid it up at the buzzer, winning the game.

That game was the turning point for our season. We started to gel as a team, gain confidence, and win games. By this one simple act, Danny showed the rest of us not just how to make a layup, or win a game, but how to face adversity, stay cool under pressure, and triumph.

When people pass, it is not unusual for a eulogist to say, "This community will never know the positive impact (the deceased) had on it." I am here to say that Danny Willette impacted my life more than anyone may have known.

Until now.

Rest In Peace, Danny, and we'll organize a pick up game one day.


First Name: Catherine
Last Name: Sorensen
City: Hyannis
State: MA
Country:
Entry Date: 10/23/2017

I'm so very sorry to hear about Dan. I used to have so much fun with him and the rest of the clan on hall st. Hanging out swimming and watching the kids. I will pray for you Dan and your family.


First Name: Scott
Last Name: Curry
City: Caribou
State: ME
Country: United States
Entry Date: 10/25/2017

I grew up with Danny in Limestone and we both played on the same Little League team (Braves). I was 9 when Danny was 12 and all of us first year; players all looked up to Danny for his leadership & friendship. Danny was a tremendous athlete in all sports; natural talent and tons of "God Given" ability. He was a great friend and I will truly miss his trips to Caribou where we could talk about memories from the past.
Rest in Peace Danny and please say hi to Dad (Scout) for me and give him a big "bear hug". I too will look forward to the day we can play ball in that big ball park in the sky.


First Name: tracy
Last Name: bogan
City: South Easton
State: MA
Country: United States
Entry Date: 11/12/2017

Ellen and Girls,
I am so sorry to hear the passing of your husband and father. Hugs and prayers


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