John Daly - 1963
(June 27, 1945 - July 29, 2006)

Bio & Picture - from 40th Reunion


John Daly, Bruce Goebel & Mike Carey
at a surprise party of some old West Boulevard alumni,
while Mike was in from Texas for his dad's 80th birthday.
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John W. Daly – 2003-08-10

I was born on Aruba, N. W. I. and lived there until age twelve.  During the 1940’s, 1950’s & 1960’s, Aruba had the largest oil refinery in the world (Esso); now the island economy is based on tourism.  My family moved to Columbia in 1956 and I began my time at West Boulevard Elementary, Jeff Jr., Hickman, U. M. C, & U. M. S. L.

Fall of 1963 I began 3 years at U. M. C.  I joined a Military Police unit and soon after Robert McNamara (U. S. Secretary of Defense) included it in a 500,000 S. R. F. (active duty ready Select Reserve Force) which took twice the time I was expecting.  The unit I was in (175th Military Police) is on active duty in Bosnia as of the writing.

I joined Xerox in 1968 through their St. Louis branch and went to U. M. S. L. for 2 years in the evenings.  I was with Xerox during their 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th years.  As the end of their 10th year they were the only company in the world to become a $Billion Corporation in a ten year period of time.  Soon after, Wang  and Apple joined that category.  My two major accounts with Xerox were U. M. R. and Fort Leonard Wood.

I was homesick for Columbia and came home in February of 1972 to start Horizons Unlimited Rental Property that is mostly condominiums and apartments.  As an aside, I can assure you that another classmate of ours, Dave Griggs, offers some very nice carpet and vinyl products.

I feel very lucky that my parents retired to Columbia and I appreciate what an exceptional area it is.  I am really looking forward to our reunion.

Published Wednesday, August 2, 2006

John William Daly, 61, of Columbia passed away Saturday, July 29, 2006, at his home.

Services will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, at Broadway Christian Church, 2601 W. Broadway.

Mr. Daly was born in Aruba, Dutch Caribbean, on June 27, 1945.

He came to Columbia in 1956 but never forgot his ties to the island of his birth and greatly enjoyed attending reunions both in the U.S. and in Aruba.

He graduated from Hickman High School in 1963, attended the University of Missouri-Columbia and was in the National Guard.

Most of his career was spent in the insurance industry. He was a member of Broadway Christian Church and also the Downtown Optimist Club.

John is survived by one sister, Maureen Daly of Columbia; two nieces, Deborah Breese-Garelick of Scottsville, N.Y., and Susan Pinkowski of Louisburg, Penn.; one nephew, Douglas Breese of Maplewood; and four great-nieces.

He was a loving brother, uncle and friend.

He cared deeply about his church and community.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 30638, Columbia, Mo., 65205; or Broadway Christian Church, 2601 W. Broadway, Columbia, Mo., 65203.

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