Daniel D. Pellegrini, beloved son, brother, husband, father, and grandfather, passed away in the early morning of October 10, 2021 after a brief, courageous battle with stage 4 pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. In similar fashion to how he lived his life each day, Dan rolled up his sleeves and approached this battle head on while continuing to maintain the persona that captivated friends, family members, and anyone who was fortunate enough to cross paths with him in this life. Dan’s commitment to God, family, friends, neighbors, and virtually anyone in need, coupled with his humble demeanor, intense work ethic, and ability to make others laugh, are what made Dan such a special gift to the world. His final days were spent with his family who he adored more than anything else in this world.
Dan was born in Canton, Ohio on 01/27/1950, to Italian immigrant parents, Vincenzo Pellegrini and Frances Mammone. Dan grew up in a large Italian family with older brother Tony, older sister Luisa Ruth, and younger brother Frank. Growing up, Dan had a specific love of music that was directly tied to God given musical talent. Dan used this talent to entertain others, further provide for his family, and to honor God for this precious gift that was bestowed upon him. Dan often displayed his gratitude for this God given gift by signing Amazing Grace each time he performed live. It was often stated that Dan was already singing amongst the angels and saints each time the words of this song, coupled with each strum of his guitar, projected upward into the heavens.
Dan graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in 1968 and went on to serve in the United States Army as a Staff Sergeant. On 05/15/1971, he married the love of his life, Kathy Lanzo at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Dan and Kathy immediately started a family, complete with oldest daughter Danielle and twins Dan II and Michelle. Dan retired from the Timken Company after 45 years of service and continued to work part time while retired. Throughout all of his career endeavors, Dan sought to perfect his craft and was known amongst his peers as a leader, mentor, and subject matter expert who truly lived the mantra of “working hard for an honest day’s wage.” Neighbors and friends often referred to Dan as the “Iron Man” due to his phenomenal physical fitness at age 71, unparalleled work ethic, and non-stop execution of physical activities around the house and throughout the neighborhood. Dan firmly believed in giving your all, regardless of the task, and doing so in favor of the Lord. Dan often communicated to his children, ”no matter what you do in life, do it as if you are doing it for the Lord.”
In his later years, Dan enjoyed golfing with friends, exercising at the gym, going to dinner with his family, cuddling with his family pets, helping out/visiting with neighbors, and attending Sunday mass at St. Anthony’s Parish.
In addition to his wife Kathy, Dan is survived by daughters Danielle and Michelle, son Dan II, brothers Tony and Frank, daughter-in- law Diane, son-in-law Jason. Also survived by granddaughter Alexis, grandsons Patrick and Logan, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and his adorable fur kids who he had a deep love for as well (Willie, Rosie, Pootie and Donnie). Dan was preceded in death by his father Vincenzo, mother Francis, and sister Luisa.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, 10/14/2021, from 5:00pm – 8:00pm, at Rossi Family Funeral Home located at 730 30th St NW, Canton OH, 44709. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, 10/15/2021, 10:00am, at St. Anthony//All Saints Parish located at 1530 11th St SE, Canton, OH 44707. Father Thomas Kraszewski will preside over services. Graveside services will be held at Calvary Cemetery located at 469 Lincoln Way E, Massillon, OH 44646.
For the health and wellness of attendees, the family graciously and respectfully requests use of masks for those who are not fully vaccinated.
The family would like to thank Nurse Practitioner Sandy Collier, Dr. Johns, Dr. Kelly, Dr. Vennepureddy, Dr. Degenhard, and all of the Aultman Hospital support staff, nurses, and technicians, who were so kind and caring while treating Dan. Memorial donations in honor of Dan may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Stark County Humane Society.
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