GALAN, Richard “Dan” Daniel, 56, of Henrico County took the stairway to heaven on November 7th 2017 to join the ranks of other stars and angels that have gone before him.
A son, brother, soldier, husband, and father- Dan follows his father, Richard; his brother, Ben; and many other loved ones up to heaven. He leaves to cherish his memory; his wife, Marie; his three children Jaclyn, Richard and Joseph; his mother, Betty; and his sisters, Susan, Melinda, and Jenny.
Raised in Henrico, Dan attended JR Tucker HS and JMU. He proudly served in the Iraq War, and was awarded the Bronze Star for his bravery and leadership. His hard work at Bank of America earned him the respect of his colleagues and the reputation as a person of substance and honor. However, Dan’s upmost devotion was to his wife, kids, and family, who he adored. After a courageous 10 month battle with cancer, Dan was called up to heaven much too early. While heartbroken, his family is so proud of his fight and “won’t back down” attitude even through the very end of his illness.
Dan had a way of seeing the magic in the world around him, be it the smallest honeybee or the tallest mountain. He always marveled at the nature’s splendor and tried to spend as much time outside as possible. An avid fisherman, Dan spent many hours whispering to the bass and soaking in the sun. He was a loyal Dallas Cowboys and UVA football and basketball fan. Dan had excellent taste in music, an immense soundtrack that spoke to his soul on a deep, almost spiritual level. Dan was a lifelong learner and reader; an intellectual at times and Jeopardy champion always.
Dan put color in our world, music in our souls, and laughter in our hearts and he will be terribly missed. He was the most amazing man we have ever known; a genuine original. We know he will be watching over us, guiding us and sending his love from above.
A service to honor and celebrate Dan’s life will be held on Nov 20 2017 at 10AM at St Michael’s Church (4491 Springfield Road Glen Allen, VA, 23060)
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Richard D. Galan Memorial Fund (www.youcaring.com/richarddgalanmemorial)
Celebration of Life
St Michael's Catholic Church
Monday November 20th, 2017
4491 Springfield Rd.
Glen Allen, VA 23060
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Missing you more than ever Pops. I keep having dreams with your face in it. Im not sure if thats a blessing or a curse. I have so many regrets... Im also not sure how to contact you, so I thought this would do. Your family misses you and college is going well. School is hard but I am trying my best. Still after your death you are providing for my education and that amazes me. Your urge to work till your death for the benefit of your family is the ultimate sacrifice, you had finite time and still choose to try and help others. That is selflessness at its finest. Im sorry the last few months were so hard. That time will forever haunt me. With the bad, I always remember how we used to throw football endlessly in the culdesac, I remember playing Army in the living room and going camping when when I was younger. Well... I hope you are reading this wherever you are.
Love your son, Joe
Submitted by Joseph Galan on Mar 29 2018 10:56:45 AM
Dan and I were co-workers @BofA even though I worked in Buffalo. We talked all the time and even after I left in 2004, we kept in touch. I remember when he went to Iraq I sent him CD and DVD. He spoke of his wife and kids often and Yes the Dallas Cowboys. He was taken way too early but God has his ways. Peace with his family. Ron Marx
Submitted by Ronald Marx on Feb 6 2018 02:33:53 PM
I work for Dan at Bank of America for over a year and he was the best? He occasionally kept contact and always wished me well. I will forever be grateful of my title promotion. He was a very nice man and my heart is aching for him and his family. No more pain Dan, rest in peace.
Submitted by Alicia D. Gankee on Nov 22 2017 10:15:32 PM
Sickness and death is never easy to deal with when its someone close to our hearts. I too have suffered a great loss and what comforted me was the Bible. 2 Corinthians 1:3,4, the true God cares for you during trials. Also Isaiah 33:24 and Isaiah 25:8,sickness and death will end forever and no longer cause so much pain and heartache to so many families. John 5:28,29, the true God cares and loves us so much that thru the resurrection hope we are able to see our loved ones again that we have lost in death. May these verses bring you comfort and hope at this difficult time. Please accept my sincere condolences. Jw.org
Submitted by C. Prince on Nov 18 2017 08:15:42 AM
Our prayers are with your family.
Submitted by Terri and Frank Curbeira on Nov 18 2017 12:57:26 AM
My deepest sympathy to the Galan family. Dan was my previous manager at Bank of America. He hired me to be part of his team and I will always be grateful. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family.
Submitted by Karina Hier on Nov 15 2017 08:45:51 PM
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Wayne Munnings lit a candle on Nov 15 2017 08:07:01 PM
My heart hurts for you and your family. Our kids grew up together at Springfield Park and beyond, and just knowing such a fine family is wonderful. Cole and I were just talking about when Dan was deployed and sending care packages when they were in Mrs. Ratchford’s class. We were so honored to have the opportunity to send some comfort his way, and to help make his homecoming special, but most of all we were so blessed by the sacrifice of Dan and all of you. We love you all!
Submitted by Shannon and Scott Hyman on Nov 13 2017 07:07:05 PM
My sincere condolences to the Galan family and their friends. A true friend he was, from the plethora of shared JMU memories and experiences, to recent years where he’d make time to call, just to check in... a rarity in this busy world, a world that will deeply miss Danny.
Submitted by Jay Kemp on Nov 13 2017 12:20:54 PM
Dan was the best boss! He inspired us to be our best, do our best and work as a team. He was respected and loved by his entire team. I will always remember his love of life and family. May you feel God’s love and comfort In the days ahead. You are all in my prayers.
Submitted by Debbie Livsie on Nov 11 2017 09:41:37 PM
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