In memory of our dear friend, Danny Brisson

Daniel F. Brisson
Mr. Daniel F. Danny Brisson, age 62, of Marcy, passed away on Wednesday, June 29, 2011, in the comfort and dignity of his home with his loving family by his side. Born in Utica on January 8, 1949, Daniel was the son of the late Walter and Virginia (Johnson) Brisson. He was raised and educated locally, graduating from Utica Free Academy in 1967. A proud veteran of the Vietnam Era, he honorably served his country from 1968-1970 as an Army Combat Infantryman and was the recipient of the Purple Heart. Upon his discharge from the service, he enrolled in M.V.C.C. where he furthered his studies in Criminal Justice. In 1984, he met Laurie A. Burke with whom he shared a 27-year relationship that endured and was strengthened by the virtues of love, respect and family bonding. On June 21, 1997, Danny and Laurie were married, renewing their commitment and devotion to one another. Danny worked as a Community Residential Aide for the State of NY at the Rome Developmental Center, retiring in 1984. A talented and diversified vocalist and guitarist, Danny performed with numerous area bands, including Tangerine, Preacher, Breezin, Classified, Top Secret and DVD. He was graced with a charming and charismatic personality, and every aspect of his life was blessed. He held a passion for hunting, a sport he shared with his son; he supported his daughters in their fondness for horses and animals; enjoyed the sport of fishing; and was an avid golfer, frequenting the fairways of the Eagles Club of which he was a member. Danny especially took pleasure from the time he spent with his cousin Skeet and her husband, Dickie Barrett, at the Friday Night Fish Fry. He was favored with many long-lasting friendships, especially those with whom he served in Vietnam. He was always mindful of the members of the DAV Assn. Danny is survived by his wife, Laurie, and their daughter, Courtney, at home; his son and daughter-in-law, Daniel and Kim Brisson of Cromwell, CT; his daughter, Jessica Brisson of Utica, and their mother, Karen K. Brisson, of Utica; and his grandchildren, Cole, Kylie, Alexa, Devin and Vaughn. Also left to mourn his passing are his brother, William Brisson; his sisters-in-law and their husbands, Karen and Bruce Mansell of CA, Kim and Santo Falbo of Frankfort, Lynne and Kevin Golas of Little Falls, and his brother-in-law, Gary LaBarge of Herkimer; his nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles; his Black Lab, Licrish; and his horse, Fred. He was predeceased by his sister, Linda LaBarge; his brother, Robert Brisson; and his in-laws, Ken and Betty Burke. The family is grateful for the dedication of Dr. Gunnar Anderson and staff, Dr. Mark Blaker and Lisa Ennis, N.P., for the bond of professional and personal concern they shared with Danny, and Dr. H. Todd Massey and team at the Strong Memorial Hospitals Heart Program. Visitation will be held Friday (today) from 4:00-7:00 at the Eannace Funeral Home, Inc., 932 South St., corner of Hammond Ave. Dannys funeral service and Celebration of Life will commence on Friday at 7:00 p.m. immediately upon the conclusion of visitation, officiated by Rev. Joseph Salerno, with military honors. Online tributes at:
Daniel F. Brisson

Published in The Observer-Dispatch from June 30 to July 1, 2011

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