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Daniel M. Ser, 65, of SouthPymatuning Township passed away peacefully the evening of Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, in his residence, following a courageous battle with multiple myeloma.
He was diagnosed with cancer in 2014 and had a stem cell transplant in July 2015 in West Penn Hospital, Pittsburgh.
Dan was born on June 8, 1951, in Sharon.
He was a 1969 graduate of Sharon High School, where he was a standout athlete and vice president of his senior class. He then matriculated to Thiel College, Greenville, and the University of Pittsburgh.
During the 1980s, Dan was a therapist for Narcotics Anonymous (NA) at the Neil Kennedy Recovery Center in Youngstown, Ohio, before relocating to Florida.
He was very proud of the fact that he spent the last 35 years of his life sober.
Dan lived in Florida until 2009, when he returned home to care for his mother.
An actor, he was employed by the Jerdan Model and Talent Agency in North Miami, Florida, and appeared in "Miami Vice" and the "Rocky Bleier Story," and did voice-overs and stunts. He also served as a property manager for a marina and apartment complex in Miami for 25 years.
Dan was a member of St. Bartholomew Church, Sharpsville.
Music and dancing were his passion. He met his fiancee, Diana, at a dance and enjoyed music until the very end. Some of his favorite groups were Earth, Wind and Fire, Chicago, Little River Band and Kid Rock. He also loved listening to the Blues.
While living in Miami, Dan became an avid Miami Heat and Miami Dolphins fan, however, he remained a Pittsburgh Steelers fan, too.
Dan was a humble, courageous, loving and inspirational man throughout his life and possibly more so during his illness.
He will be missed dearly by all who knew him.
Surviving is his fiancee, Diana DeJulia Bougher of Wheatland; a brother, Ronald Ser and his companion, Linda Langley, of Hubbard, Ohio; an uncle, Don Pacifico of Reynolds; three nieces, Carrie Martin and her husband, Jason in Florida, Mary Bess Ser of Chicago and Salena Ser and her companion, Tom, Lake Milton, Ohio; a nephew, Michael Ser and his companion, Saara of New York, New York; three great-nephews, Owen, Maxwell and Effram; a great-niece, Lucy; many cousins who were like siblings; special friends who provided great support, Walt and Dee Dee Gill Stec; and his beloved cat, Gigi.
Dan was preceded in death by his mother and stepfather, Bridget and Nicholas Mitrovich; his wife, Elizabeth, and her daughter, Chasten; an uncle, Pasquale Pacifico; and a cousin, Patrick Pacifico.
Calling hours will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 1090 E. State St., Sharon.
A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Bartholomew Church, Sharpsville, with the Rev. Matthew Strickenberger, pastor, as celebrant.
Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hermitage.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.McGonigleFuneral-HomeandCrematory.com.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Animal Appeal, Box 197, Sharpsville, Pa.16150; or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105 or by visiting www.stjude.org/.
Published on February 22, 2017
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