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Daniel Charles Garland

Daniel Charles Garland
  • September 25, 1972 - January 26, 2015
  • Boston, Massachusetts

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“Dearest Charlie, Ann and Jill,I just recently heard of Daniel's death; I had no idea of what your family has been through and my heart breaks for you...Read More »
1 of 43 | Posted by: Robin Williams - FL

“Hello Shannon,Just today, not having been aware of Dan's death, I wondered where is Dan Garland, I have not seen him for a while.I offer my sincerest...Read More »
2 of 43 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Shannon, I am very sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time.Jocelyn Woods, Boston MA ”
3 of 43 | Posted by: A friend

“Dan was one superb human being; he was a man whose core values were ever present; family centric with a deep dedication and love of his wife Shannon....Read More »
4 of 43 | Posted by: Bill Coke - Topsfield, MA

“My deepest condolences to Shannon and Charlie, Ann & Jill. Dan was my best friend growing up. I have fond memories of skiing at Sugarloaf with Dan...Read More »
5 of 43 | Posted by: Mike LaNigra - Exeter, NH

“Dear Charlie, Ann, Jill and Shannon, Praying for you all to remember the happy memories of your beloved Daniel as you go through this difficult time...Read More »
6 of 43 | Posted by: Carole & Don Spiller - Audubon, PA

“Dear Shannon,We are very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you through this very difficult time. Rui & Hsiao-Ming Lu, Newton,...Read More »
7 of 43 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Shannon,We are very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you through this very difficult time. ”
8 of 43 | Posted by: Rui & Hsiao-Ming Lu - Newton, MA

“To Charlie, Ann and Jill,Our sincerest sympathies at the loss of your amazing son and brother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family...Read More »
9 of 43 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Jill and family,I am so sorry for your loss. You have my deepest sympathy and prayers. ”
10 of 43 | Posted by: Mary Mulrooney - Newburgh, NY

“Dear Shannon,My deep sympathy at the loss of your beloved husband. I think about you often and hope your good memories will give youstrength to get...Read More »
11 of 43 | Posted by: A friend

“Shannon and family, I want to tell you how sorry I am for your loss, please know that I am thinking of you and you are in my thoughts and prayers....Read More »
12 of 43 | Posted by: Laura Igo - Melrose, MA

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Garland family at this sad time. With our deepest sympathy. ”
13 of 43 | Posted by: Barbara Delage & Barbara Stetson - ME

“Dear Ann and Charlie,While I never met your son, I am sorrowful to learn of his death. You are my friends with whom I have enjoyed socializing at TA...Read More »
14 of 43 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Garland family - so many good memories of our Sugarloaf friends. I am heart broken for your loss. Please know that all the Barrow's have you...Read More »
15 of 43 | Posted by: Katie Barrow - Boston, MA

“Dearest Shannon and Family, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. I cannot imagine how devastating this must be. You are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
16 of 43 | Posted by: Jona Hattangadi-Gluth - San Diego, CA

“Please accept our heartfelt condolences. We are shocked and dismayed with your loss. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. ”
17 of 43 | Posted by: John and Brenda Haramis - VA

“Dear Jill, I am so sorry to hear about your brother. I cannot imagine the feeling and can't possible express in words how I hope you and your family...Read More »
18 of 43 | Posted by: Shannon Adams (Smith) - ME

“Dear Shannon,I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
19 of 43 | Posted by: Joyce MacLean - Englewood, FL

“Dear Charlie, Ann and Jill,Our deepest sympathy to you and to Daniel's wife. May you find solace in your memories of your loved one. Our thoughts...Read More »
20 of 43 | Posted by: Chris and Sherry Nadeau - Saco, ME

“Charlie, Ann, Shannon and family.My very deepest sympathy for your loss. My prayers are out to you. I had many good meetings with Dan. Bruce...Read More »
21 of 43 | Posted by: Bruce Schumacher - Edgerton, WI

“My sincerest condolences to you and your family for your great loss. ”
22 of 43 | Posted by: Kerry Han - New York, NY

“Dear Shannon, With shock we learned today of the loss of your dearest Dan. We remember well the happiness and joy, and special loving bond so evident...Read More »
23 of 43 | Posted by: Stella Lymberis - NYC

“Our deepest sympathies for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
24 of 43 | Posted by: Scott Floyd - Boston, MA

“Dear Shannon,My deepest condolences to you and the family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
25 of 43 | Posted by: Adelina Cabrera - New York, NY

“Charlie and AnneOur deepest sympathies and prayers for everyoneWE share your sorrow as we have always shared the joy of knowing such a wonderful...Read More »
26 of 43 | Posted by: A friend

“My deepest sympathies on this loss to the Garland and extended family. Dan will be missed! ”
27 of 43 | Posted by: Blake Stuckey - Hartland, WI

“Dear Ann and Charlie,Nancy and I send our deepest sympathy for the loss of Dan - we do not like losing good people like him. You all are in our...Read More »
28 of 43 | Posted by: A friend

“We send our deepest sympathies to you and your extended family. We went to business school with Dan and fondly recall his wit, sharp intellect and...Read More »
29 of 43 | Posted by: Kristina & Greg Austin - MA

“Aunt Ann, Uncle Charlie and Jill -- My heart is so heavy. I have such fond memories of Daniel, a fantastic 'little brother' with a wonderful warm...Read More »
30 of 43 | Posted by: Kristen Dieffenbach - Morgantown, WV

“Charlie, Ann and family,Please accept out heartfelt sympathy for your loss.Bob and Mary Couture ”
31 of 43 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Shannon, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families in this very sad time. Mark and Judy. ”
32 of 43 | Posted by: Judy Adams - Boston, MA

“Dear ShannonI was shocked at the sad news.My deepest sympathy in your great loss.I wish you strength to go through this difficult time.Harald...Read More »
33 of 43 | Posted by: A friend

“Your family is in our prayers Charley ”
34 of 43 | Posted by: Jeff Yerxa - Key West, FL

“Dear Ann and Charlie,Our deepest sympathy to you and Daniel's wife . We remember Daniel as a lively young man in Peter's Cub scout troop. It is a...Read More »
35 of 43 | Posted by: Mary/Peter Nasse - Saco, ME

“Shannon,We send our deepest sympathies to you and Dan's family. May you all find some solace and strength in this difficult time. Brian and Amanda...Read More »
36 of 43 | Posted by: Brian and Amanda Morris - IN

“My dear Dr. Shannon MacDonald,It is with much sympathy and affection that I reach out to you, instead of you to me at this most difficult time. The...Read More »
37 of 43 | Posted by: Annette Ruff - Manchester, CT

“Danny touched so many lives and will be missed by many. We have become richer, to have known him Prayers go out to his family and friends. ”
38 of 43 | Posted by: Joe Eragitano - Waterboro, ME

“Words cannot express my sorrow. To lose a child at any age has tobe so painful. I wish you courage, strength and love in the comingdays to help you...Read More »
39 of 43 | Posted by: henrietta Watson - Portland, ME

“Rest in peace, my friend!! ”
40 of 43 | Posted by: gary Boucher - biddeford, ME

“Dear Charlie and Ann and Jill,Don and I extend our deepest sympathies to you and Dan's widow, Shannon. God bless you all and grant you peace. ”
41 of 43 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Garland Family,We are all thinking of you & wishing you peace during this incredibly tough time.Much love,Jill's BH ''work family' ”
42 of 43 | Posted by: A friend

“Mr. Garland,I am sincerely sorry for the loss of your beloved son. My families prayers & condolences go out to you & your family.Sincerely,Jason D....Read More »
43 of 43 | Posted by: A friend


Garland Daniel Charles, died unexpectedly at the age of 42 on January 26, in Florida, during a business trip. He was the much beloved husband of Shannon MacDonald, sister of Jill Garland and son of Charles Preston Garland and Ann Bush Garland. Dan was born September 25, 1972, in Portland, Maine. When he was four years old, his family moved from Falmouth to Saco. He graduated from Deerfield Academy, Connecticut College and Babson College's Olin Graduate School of Management. In 2007, he married Shannon, a physician at the Massachusetts General Hospital. In January 2011, Daniel became President of Garland Manufacturing Company and represented the 6th generation of his family to lead the small manufacturing business in Saco. Dan had a keen intellect and a sharp wit. He had a remarkable memory for detail – history, current events, the world of business, people and places. He was an expert skier and captained his college ski team. As an avid fan of the Boston Bruins, he generously shared his tickets with family, friends and pediatric cancer patients. Dan cherished long Sunday mornings reading with his wife, new restaurants and cooking for family and friends, especially with his commercial smoker. In addition to spending time on Lake Wesserunset in East Madison, Maine with his close friends, he loved traveling and spending time on the beaches of the small island of Vieques, Calvin and Hobbes and homemade Chex mix. Most of all, he passionately loved his wife. Their mutual love and companionship gave him the greatest happiness in his adult life. Dan was diagnosed with a mitochondrial disorder, Leber's Hereditary Optic Neuropathy, at the age of 32. Though he suffered acutely from vision loss due to this disease and complications from treatment, he recovered most of his vision and overcame many set backs over subsequent years and was able to find much enjoyment in life and gave tremendous joy to those who knew him. Dan is survived by his wife, Shannon; parents, Charles and Ann Garland; and sister, Jill Garland and her fiancé, Jay Amster. He is also survived by his extended MacDonald/O'Connell families , including his much beloved nephew and godson, Keegan O'Connell, and Keegan's brothers, Declan and Aedan and sister, Maeve, and their parents, Thomas and Lara O'Connell.

Wake will take place on Thursday, February 5th from 5-8 pm at Eaton & Mackay Funeral Home on 465 Centre Street Newton, MA 02458. Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 6th at 2 pm at St. Ignatius Church, Boston College, 28 Commonwealth Avenue Chestnut Hill, MA 02467.

Memorial donations in lieu of flowers are requested to be directed to the Vamsi Mootha Lab for mitochondrial research at the Massachusetts General Hospital; Please send to Deborah Farr, Senior Director of Development at Massachussetts General Hospital Development Office: 100 Cambridge Street Suite 1310 Boston, MA 02114