David J. Danielson, 74, of Bedford, NH died May 22, 2021 at his residence surrounded by his family.
Born on March 17, 1947, in Manchester, he was the son of David I. and Dorothy (Ball) Danielson. He graduated from Bishop Bradley High School, class of 1965 and earned his bachelor's degree from Saint Anselm College in 1969. He also received a master's in business administration from Rivier University.
He had served 21 years in the New Hampshire National Guard where he was a First Sargent in the 197th Battalion Communications Unit. He was an instructor at the New Hampshire Military Academy and the recipient of the Army Achievement Metal.
David had been an adjunct professor of sales and marketing for 30 years at Southern New Hampshire University and had also been employed by Digital Equipment in sales and marketing for many years. Most recently, he proudly worked in marketing for the New Hampshire Fire Academy.
A devout Catholic, he was a member of the Men of St. Joseph and delivered the Eucharist to the State Prison inmates for 10 years. He was an active communicant of St. Elizabeth Seton Parish where he served as Eucharist Minister and lector. He also held a leadership role in the ministry for the right of Christian initiation for Adults (RCIA).
He was a Rotarian for 21 years, a recipient of the Paul Harris Award, and a proud founder of "The Bad Boys Table". He served on the Bedford, NH 10 year Master plan committee and was a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Fr. William Shanahan Division I. He was a proud member of the Tennessee Squire where he greatly enjoyed plot G87751 in the foothills of Tennessee.
David was always politically active, serving on the Bedford Town Council for 12 years and the Bedford Planning Board for 6 years. He was currently in the middle of his 5th term in the New Hampshire State House of Representatives and served as assistant majority leader. He was Vice Chair of Finance and was recognized for works on Governs Commission for Mental Health and the 2017 Arts Advocates of the Year. He served on the Southern NH Planning Commission and was Legislator of the Year for the New England Waterworks Association. He earned the John Bosley Leadership Award from the National Association of Regional Councils and also received recognition from Brothers and Sisters of the Professional Firefighters of NH for being instrumental in the passing of the Firefighter Presumptive Cancer Coverage Bill in 2018.
Family members include his wife of 51 years, Mary (Diamont) Danielson of Bedford; his son, Adam Danielson and wife Danyell; his beloved granddaughters, Lucy and Charlotte; his brothers, Scott Danielson and wife Susan, Kevin Danielson and wife Lynn; his sister, Linda McQueeney and husband Jim; numerous cousins.
Calling hours at Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory, 1799 Elm St, corner of North St, Manchester, will be Wednesday from 4 to 8 pm. A memorial Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Thursday at 11 am in St. Elizabeth Seton Church, Bedford. Committal prayers and military burial honors will be accorded in the NH State Veterans Cemetery, Boscawen, Thursday at 1 pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to https://wecan.tapcancerout.org/fightfordave
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