Daniel McCartney

Daniel J McCartney

Wednesday, April 15th, 1959 - Saturday, January 4th, 2020
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Daniel Joseph McCartney, of Winchester, MA, died unexpectedly of complications due to Lyme disease on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at the age of 60.

Born in Medford, MA, on April 15, 1959, Dan shared a joyful childhood with his older sisters Kathleen, Susan, and Jeanne and their late parents, George and Rose. Their childhood home on Brooks Park was filled with love.

Dan graduated from Medford High School in 1977, where he formed a tight circle of friends. This close group continued to grow in the decades that followed in both number and commitment to one another. Over the years, they shared endless fun and countless good times. Dan will be missed deeply.

Dan graduated from Tufts University in 1981 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. He pursued a career as a sales engineer at Tektronix before joining BBG New Media as President with his Tufts classmate and close friend Joe Nicholson. Together, Joe and Dan grew BBG to be a preeminent New England agency and successfully sold the company to Think New Ideas Inc., a national new-media shop affiliated with Omnicom Group.

After retiring from the business world, Dan transitioned his focus to teaching math and coaching – a lifelong dream. He taught mathematics at The Rivers School for 15 years and was Chair of the Math Department for 8 of them. Dan was a natural in the classroom; he had found his calling. Dan was passionate about teaching and committed to each and every student. His goal was to make learning math fun and encourage a joy of learning. Dan cared deeply about his students and was a role model for many. Dan was as committed to his colleagues and their success as he was to his students, and he was a friend and mentor to faculty and staff throughout the school.

Dan was a family man, devoted to his wife Angela and their three children Stephanie, Jaclyn, and Joseph. The relationship that Dan and Angela shared for 36 years was one of the deepest love and lasting devotion. Dan’s ability to make Angela laugh was unparalleled. Dan shared a special relationship with each of his children and loved them wholeheartedly. When asked to describe their father, Dan’s children described him as “the best” – perfect father and best friend.

When Dan entered a room, everyone wanted to be with him – not only for his larger-than-life personality but also for his extraordinary ability to connect wholly with those around him. Everyone wanted to share a conversation with Dan, and everyone felt special in Dan’s company.

Dan is survived by his wife Angela (Graziadei) McCartney; his children Stephanie, Jaclyn, and Joseph McCartney; his sisters Kathy McCartney, Susan McCartney, and Jeanne Bouchard; his brothers-in-law Bill Hagen, Eric Plugis, John Bouchard, John Graziadei, Richard Graziadei, James Graziadei, Jerry Tackett, and Jack Scratchard; his sisters-in-law Teresa Graziadei Andrejka, Barbara Leistrum, Pamela Graziadei, Phyllis Tackett, and MarieJo Graziadei; his son-in-law Jay Petricone; 29 nieces and nephews; and many close friends who will all miss him dearly.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Dan’s memory may be made to the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS). The link to the donation page is Select the donation option for the Daniel McCartney Memorial Fund.

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  • Visitation

    Friday, January 10th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friday, January 10th, 2020 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Lane Funeral Home
    760 Main Street
    WINCHESTER, MA 01890
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  • Service

    Saturday, January 11th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday, January 11th, 2020 11:00am
    St. Raphael's Church
    514 High Street
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Cheryl Davison

Posted at 10:52pm
I met Danny in early 1982, through his high school friend, Rick Hudson.
Dan had a way of making everyone around him feel important, valued and special!
When he started with Techtronix, he drove this big motor home, filled with printers and plotters to show people around the country. I was attending the University of Michigan at the time, and he stayed with us at my parents home in Ann Arbor for a weekend, describing how excited he was to be touring the country! Wanting to be a gracious guest, he bought and prepared dinner, which included homemade pizza. Imagine the site of him having a flour fight with my mom in her kitchen! She’s 80 now, and still remembers this fondly!
About 5 years later I was visiting Boston with my college roommate, and took a chance of looking him up in the phone book.....found him! He invited us over for dinner. He had recently begun dating Angela, and they generously prepared a true Boston lobster boil! Still a favorite memory for me!
We reconnected a few years ago, thanks to Facebook.....and I learned that he had indeed married this wonderful girl and in addition had 3 beautiful children!
I had mere moments in my life with Dan, but even though they were few......they were certainly impactful!
My thoughts and prayers to you Angela and to his children. Your husband/father was one in a million!
Cheryl Davison, Santa Rosa CA


Posted at 07:38pm
I'm so sorry to hear about your husband passing he is now resting in peace may god be with you and your family you are all in my Prays always remember the good times you had with him I graduated with him from Medford High School in 1977

Jill Klowden

Posted at 12:00pm
To the Rivers Community and Mr. McCartney’s family, we send our deep regrets and condolences. Mr. McCartney taught my daughter, Charli, and was also her advisor. He was always sensitive and kind, two very important qualities in both a teacher and especially in an advisor. He did his give his heart in a havenless world for many teens. Thank you for sharing him with us.
In gratitude,
Jill Klowden and Charli Klowden Wamala

Sheila Sullivan

Posted at 10:07pm
Tom, Sheila, Sean ‘15 and Liam ‘17 Sullivan ~ Always a welcome face, an easy laugh and a listening ear for all of us. A true mentor to our sons. You will be sorely missed. God bless and many thanks for just being you.

PwC DDV Team

Posted at 08:54am
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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