Daniel F. Drew, a retired accountant and office manager for the former O-Cel-O Division of General Mills and a disabled World War II veteran, died Sunday (Oct. 26, 1997) after suffering a massive heart attack in his Kenmore home. He was 73.
Born in Buffalo, Drew graduated from East High School before being drafted into military service. He served in Europe with the 256th Field Artillery. Upon his return home, he attended Bryant & Stratton Business Institute before affiliating as an accountant with O-Cel-O, rising to become its office manager. He retired in 1986.
"In his younger days, my father was active in the Kenmore-Tonawanda Little League as a coach," said his daughter Therese. "But he remained a passionate golfer all his life. He regularly played several times a week here and in Myrtle Beach, S.C."
Drew was a member of the Transportation Club and was a fourth-degree member of the Knights of Columbus. He joined Leonard Post Jr. Post 6251, Veterans of Foreign Wars, in Cheektowaga and became a post trustee.
Surviving are his wife, the former Rita Strzelczyk; a son, Benedict of Kenmore; two daughters, Carole Siegel of Mesa, Ariz., and Therese of Kenmore; two sisters, Rita Metzger of Cheektowaga and Anne Biniszkiewicz of Amherst; a brother, Henry of Amherst; and two grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Michael's Catholic Church, 651 Washington St. Burial will be in Forest Lawn.