It is with sadness and a heavy heart, that I write today to inform you of the passing of my husband, Daniel. He took his final breath today, October 9th 2020, with his loved ones at his side. A dedicated family man, he was born in Uruguay. Attended the German school in Montevideo and then studied Chemical Engineering. Soon after graduating from college, he obtained a position working for Bayer Uruguay. Before the company decided to close his operation in that country, Bayer offered him a position in Venezuela, where we met and our epic and beautiful adventure together began. We celebrated our civil marriage in Uruguay and our church wedding in Venezuela. Before we got married Daniel was posted to Bayer in Leverkusen, Germany. After 3 years there, he was transferred to Bayer here in Morristown, NJ, where we arrived in the summer of the year 2000. Shortly after, we welcomed our first-born son, Marco, and then our daughter Mariana soon followed. We were blessed with our third child, Matias in 2007. Daniel dedicated his professional life to Bayer, where he worked for 32 years.
Daniel loved to travel and host family and friends from around the world who came to visit frequently. He always had a good bottle of wine ready to share and logs in the fireplace and a good BBQ going in the backyard. He was an excellent pianist, and frequently serenaded friends and family with his lovely classical pieces.
A man of character, Daniel lived his life based on his extraordinary values and principles. A relentless honest, genuine and authentic human being that always put his profound family values before anything else, even himself. Family was everything to him, and many of his friends became part of his family too. He left his country almost 30 years ago but he was able to stay so connected and present to his wonderful family and friends there, that many felt he never left. He was a loyal man, loyal to his family, his country, his work and his friends. Loyal to his values. Another of his extraordinary traits was his humility. You would never know how many languages he spoke, or how good of a pianist he was or how much he knew about wine or anything about his amazing travels around the world, as he very rarely spoke about himself. Daniel had the extraordinary way of making everyone that was close to him feel that they belong, protected and cared for. When you were next to him you knew that everything was going to be ok, because he would move the world in order to make things happen for his family. He had a wonderful approachable, warm and calm presence that always welcomed everyone. At work, he deeply cared for his coworkers and always strived to help people grow and learn.
Daniel was a determined and tenacious man that always worked hard to accomplish what he wanted, especially if it was something beneficial for his family, close friends or an employee.
He has left us to join his father who just passed away in February of this year. He leaves behind in Uruguay his grieving mother and two sisters and numerous nieces, nephews and a large extended family who adored him. He will also be missed by his in-laws who are in Brazil, England, Uruguay and Peru.
Dedicated to his work, he also earned his MBA at Cornell University in 2011. He enjoyed playing and watching soccer, riding his bike and taking family camping trips. The most recent memorable family trip was hiking the Inca Trail in Peru. Sadly, he was taken from us far too soon. Diagnosed in February of this year with a Glioblastoma multiforme, he fought non-stop against a terrible, unrelenting enemy. He tolerated rounds of chemo and radiation, but the battle could not be won. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends, but we will strive to keep his extraordinary spirit alive in all of us.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Patrick Church, 85 Washington Ave. in Chatham on Monday, October 12th at 11:00am. Interment to follow is private. Relatives and friends are invited to visit at Wm. A. Bradley & Son Funeral Home, 345 Main St. in Chatham on Sunday from 5:30 to 9:00pm. Due to Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, you MUST reserve a spot to attend the visitation using the SignUpGenius link and click here. Attendees must adhere to the times they have chosen for the visitation. You do not need to sign up to attend the Mass at St. Patrick Church. To send a condolence or to view the funeral mass via live stream, please visit www.www.bradleyfuneralhomes.com.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Deicas-Sykora Family Education Fund. Click here to visit their GoFundMe.com page.