Daniel J. Maloney

February 24th, 2018

Daniel J. Maloney, age 69, a retired Cambridge Firefighter, of Wilmington, formerly of Somerville and Cambridge, passed away peacefully on February 23, 2018 at the Kaplan Hospice House in Danvers.

Daniel was born on June 11, 1948 in Cambridge, MA; he was the cherished son of the late Daniel J. and Mary (Cunningham) Maloney. Daniel was raised in Somerville and graduated from Somerville High School.

Following graduation, Daniel moved to Cambridge with his family and was soon appointed to the Cambridge Fire Department. Daniel loved being a firefighter and the comraderie he had with his fellow firefighters; aside from his firefighter duties, Daniel was the firehouse cook and was famous for his specialty meatballs. He enjoyed feeding everyone and sharing friendly conversation with his fellow firefighters. Daniel had a great personality and was willing to help anyone in need, which made him one of the favorites of the firehouse. After 40 years of dedicated service to the City of Cambridge, Daniel retired in March of 2013.

Daniel married Anne M. Connerty in October of 1979; the couple moved to Wilmington 38 years ago and became involved in the community. Daniel was a very devoted and loving husband to Anne and a wonderful dad to his daughters, Cheryl and Erin. Family was very important to Daniel and there wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do for “his girls.” He was so proud when he was promoted to “Grandpa D” as the grandchildren arrived; they were the light of his life.

Daniel was a man of many talents but he was best known as an incredible carpenter; he enjoyed woodworking and could pretty much make anything he put his mind to. Daniel could also fix just about anything including plumbing and electrical; he was the ultimate handyman.

Daniel was known to be an avid collector of model trains, cars, fire trucks and his beloved firefighter memorabilia which decorated his home.

Daniel will be fondly remembered for his outgoing, gregarious personality and his sense of humor; he could make friends with anyone and everyone. Daniel had a way of striking up a conversation and an ability to make everyone feel special. According to his family and friends he was a “wonderful man” who would go out of his way for family, friends, and strangers. Daniel was quite a guy who will forever be missed by all.

Daniel was the beloved husband of Anne M. (Connerty) Maloney, devoted father of Cheryl Sharma & her husband Avinash of Mahwah, NJ and Erin Monahan & her husband William of Needham. Loving “Grandpa D” of Shailen, Jaina, Sonia, Devan, Ashley and James. Cherished son of the late Daniel J. and Mary (Cunningham) Maloney, dear brother of David Maloney & his wife Sally and Richard Maloney & his wife Joanne all of Woburn, Karen Maloney of Lexington and Denise Traynor & her husband James of Tewksbury. Daniel is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, February 28th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment will take place in Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday February 27th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Daniel’s name may be made to the Kaplan Family Hospice House, 78 Liberty St., Danvers, MA 01923.


9 Entries in Guest Book for “Daniel J. Maloney”

  1. Gerard E. Mahoney says:

    On behalf of the men and women of the Cambridge Fire Department please accept my deepest sympathies on the passing of Danny. Danny was a dedicated firefighter who cared deeply about the fire service. It’s a shame his retirement years were cut so short.
    Gerard E. Mahoney
    Acting Chief of Department

  2. Harold Rosenberger says:

    Anne so sorry to here about Dan. Work with Dan and he help break me into the job. Dan was a great Firefighter and person. He will be missed by many .

  3. Mary Connerty says:

    Uncle Danny is much loved and will be sorely missed.

  4. Andrew connerty says:

    I hold fond memories of Dan. He always had a smile and story to follow. I extend my deepest heartfelt condolences to Erin, Cheryl, and Anne for this tremendous loss. Rest assured he’s past the pearly gates and cracking up a few angels as we mourn. God bless.

  5. Jeanne Beando says:

    Dear Anne, My deepest condolences to you/family. I hate that he was taken before you could enjoy retirement together. May your memories help ease the pain. Love and Prayers.

  6. Mary Anne Lore says:

    Richard, Joanne and the Maloney family: Rich: So very sorry for the loss of your brother, my deepest condolences to you and your family.

  7. Denise Traynor says:

    ” Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
    Love leaves a memory no one can steal”

    R.I.P. My Brother, until we meet again may
    The good lord hold you in tha palm of his hand????

  8. Howie Smith says:

    On behalf of the Mass. Antique Fire Apparatus Assoc, please accept our sincere condolences.
    Howie Smith, Board of Directors

  9. David Walles says:

    Very, very sorry to hear. My deepest condolences to Family, Friends, and fellow Firefighters. I worked with Dan a little bit and didn’t know him well. I do know Dan was one of the “Good One’s,” a good guy and a great firefighter. RIP Dan.

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