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Daniel J. Grondal



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Daniel J. Grondal, beloved father, grandfather, uncle, and friend, passed away peacefully at his home on Candlewood Lake in Danbury on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, after an extended illness. He was born in Liege, Belgium, and moved to Newtown with his parents and sister.

Dany graduated from Newtown High School in 1972, followed by his service in the United States Air Force from 1972 through 1976. He was a self-educated engineer who secured patents for his emergency exit designs and spent his career working as an engineer in this field.

Dany is survived by his beloved daughters and their spouses: Shanon and Lewis Pittsley of Southington, Conn., and Sarah and Timothy Otano of Temecula, Calif. He also leaves four grandchildren: Mackenzie, Isabelle, Madeline, and Aiden; his sister, Miriam Grondal; and his former wife, Marion Wilkes. He is also survived by a large, loving extended family and many dear friends who will miss happy hours at his home on Candlewood Lake.

In his leisure time, Dany loved hanging out at the lake with friends and family and enjoyed playing the guitar. Dany was always the life of the party and enjoyed taking everyone out on the boat either for a tour of the lake or tubing. His favorite saying was “There is never a bad day on the lake,” and he made that true.

Services will take place in June of 2022 at Honan Funeral Home in Newtown. The funeral home can be contacted closer to that time for details.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dany’s memory to the American Cancer Society, cancer.org.

To leave an online condolence, visit honanfh.com.

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