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William Stanbert Daniels (Col. USMC, Ret.), born August 27, 1927, had played his regular squash game Thursday night and was headed to his law office Friday morning when he suffered a stroke. He died on March 4, 2016 surrounded by his family.

Bill grew up in San Diego, graduated from San Diego High School in 1945, and fell in love with the beach and Virginia “Teeta” Hammond, who would become his wife of 65 years. After WWII service as a Naval Aviation Cadet, he attended the United States Naval Academy, Class of 1951 and was commissioned Second Lieutenant of Marines. He served combat tours in Korea and Vietnam, separated by life-affirming postings on Guam and in Paris, France. He retired from 28 years of active military service and attended Dickinson School of Law, practicing estate law for almost 40 years.

Physically strong and mentally tough, Bill was a competitive athlete all his life. In his later years he competed mostly against aging, biking from Death Valley to the Whitney Portal several times in his 60s, running his first marathon in his 70s, and summiting Mt. Whitney in his 80s. He was a voracious reader and surprise romantic, spending much of his children’s inheritance at a local bookstore and on roses for all of “his gals.”

Bill is survived by Teeta, with whom he had just celebrated the 70th anniversary of their first date; six children, Michael O. Daniels (Juli), Timothy W. Daniels, Patrick S. Daniels, Kathleen S. Daniels (Sally Ker), Jonathan D. Daniels (Christie), Carrie D. Stefanou (Marcus); 13 grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and three dogs and two cats.

He was preceded in death by his parents Stanley H. and Roberta B. Daniels, sisters Margaret M. Yost, Mary Scott Hale, and Susan B. Montague, son Christopher D. Daniels, and dogs and cats too numerous to mention.

Bill requested “no fanfare” at his death, but his life will be celebrated often by many. His family expresses their love and appreciation to his many friends – life-long and more recent, on the east, west, and southern coasts – and assures his clients continuity of service.

We will all miss his positive example (“There is no limit to the amount good you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit”) and an occasional negative one (“Don’t worry, you can always serve as a negative example.”)

Memorial contributions may be made to the Amelia Givin Library, endowment fund.  Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, Carlisle, assisted the family with the arrangements.

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Dear Teeta and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Bill was a "man for all seasons"and a blessing and role model in all of our lives.

Tom & Mary Carroll

 I have many fond memories of Bill ... for his thoughtful service as a YMCA Board member, his lifelong commitment to staying active and the inspiration he provided to younger runners ... my thoughts are with his wife and family.

Marcia Drozdowski

I am so glad to have had the opportunity to be Mr & Mrs Daniels neighbor for 20 years. I will always have fond memories of Mr. Daniels riding his bike and just be an active and friendly neighbor.
My Thoughts go out to all of the Daniels.

Dean C. Carey

For Teeta and all the family. We are sadden at Bill's passing. He was a superior Marine in war and peace. Accept our heartfelt sympathy. He was my friend and will always be missed. Semper Fidelis.
Major General Don Gardner, USMC, (Ret)

I told you many times your father reminded me of my dad. I had the pleasure of walking with him and Judge Oyler on a few occasions; and of course, events at the Bentleys. What a fantastic man to converse with and be around. I share in your sadness and wish you all my condolences during this time of remembrance.
Lee Johnston

My heart is broken but I'm smiling too, as I think about Bill-I always told him he was my Hero-and I sincerely meant that. Mel,J.Wesley, Bill and I sure got our miles in at the War College and I have MANY wonderful memories. Thinking of you, Teeta and family.
Yep-the unsigned message a bout Bill being my Hero was mine...!

Penny Parks-Dean
To all of your family; My sincerest condolences to all of you on the loss of a great man...he was an inspiration to me.

Drew Stoken, MD
Bill was the ultimate gentleman, scholar and statesman. Multi-talented and always gracious.
What an example he was for the legal profession!

Grace R. Schuyler


Carrie and family
I was so saddened when my father called me to inform me of your fathers death. I have such fond memories of him and most of them revolve around his love for you, Carrie, and his big smile. Prayers have been said for his soul that he has reunited with his maker. God Bless you all.
Jen (Hall) Gray

I'm so sorry to read of Bill's passing. He was one of the kindest people I've ever known. I treasure the memories of our trip to Gettysburg and the times I spent with him and Lee when he was here in San Diego. My heart goes out to you and the family.
Joyce Caseman Frye




Tim, I'm so sorry for your family's loss. Be well friend, and heal.

Diane Farrell Walker
Adios, KuKai,
That picture of the surf reminds me of all the great times we had surfing together. You were a great buddy and will be sorely missed by all. my condolences go out to all your family.

Hilly Prentice
This is unwelcome news, and I know I'm not alone in feeling this way. One of my fondest memories was when we were spending time in Subic Bay and Bill organized wrestling matches for those who were interested and, since that was my sport in college, I loved every minute of it. Bill was without fail always a great example for us young lieutenants of that day.
My sincerest condolences to his family. We- his 3/3 shipmates from 1961 share your sense of loss but count ourselves lucky to have benefitted from his leadership. Blessings to each.

Gary Todd
We are so very sorry to learn of the passing of this incredible husband, father, grandfather and friend to many. And we are so glad that we had the chance to meet him. Sending our love and prayers for strength and comfort. May his memory always be a blessing for all who loved him.

The Waldman Family
Our condolences.. What a good man! He set a stellar example of being active, engaged and involved despite the discomforts of age. May looking back at memories comfort you.

Glenn and Judy Metcalf

I will miss Bill's cheery smile as he entered the office of Frey and Tiley several times during the year, always concerned about Mr. Frey and asking how everyone was doing. He was indeed a great man as well as a great attorney.

Trisha Liess, secretary
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