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The Rev. Philip Daniels, a Conventual Franciscan friar who was a missionary for nearly 15 years in West Africa, died Saturday (Sept. 26, 1998) in Bloomsburg, Pa.

Father Philip, 48, suffered a massive heart attack at the State Fair while working at the parish stand with members of Mother Cabrini Church of Shamokin, Pa., where he had been parochial vicar since late 1995.

Born in Buffalo, he attended St. Joseph School in Buffalo, Blessed Sacrament School in the Town of Tonawanda, Diocesan Preparatory Seminary and Cardinal O'Hara High School.

He entered the order in 1969. After completing his undergraduate studies at St. Hyacinth College and Seminary in Granby, Mass., he was assigned to St. Francis High School in Athol Springs from 1974 to 1975.

He completed his theological graduate studies at St. Anthony-on-the-Hudson in Rensselaer and was ordained a priest in 1979.

From 1980 to 1995, Father Philip served in Ghana as a formation director and pastor. When he left Africa, his superior thanked him for his "witness to gentleness and prayer."

In 1982, he returned to the United States briefly and assisted with ministry at the former St. Anthony Home in Hamburg and the former Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Church in Buffalo.

Survivors include three sisters, Donna Page, Jill Pinder and Lisa, all of Fort Myers, Fla.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday in Mother Cabrini Church. Burial will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery in Shamokin.[crdnl]

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