Dr. Daniel F. DeSanto

Born: Sat., Jun. 21, 1930
Died: Thu., Jan. 16, 2020


2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Mon., Jan. 20, 2020
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM, Mon., Jan. 20, 2020
Location: Hart Funeral Home Inc

Funeral Service

7:30 PM Mon., Jan. 20, 2020
Location: Hart Funeral Home Inc

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Dr. Daniel F. DeSanto, 89, of Export passed away January 16, 2020.  He was born June 21, 1930 in New Rochelle, New York, son of immigrant parents, the late Daniel and Millie Spilka DeSanto.  Dr. DeSanto was a graduate of the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aeronautics at New York University, where he earned his Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Science Doctorate degrees in Aeronautical Engineering.  He worked on aeronautical research and development for the United States Navy, Air Force, and NATO, on shock, vibration, and submarine silencing projects for the Navy.  He also worked on nuclear reactor internal dynamics for Westinghouse Electric Corporation.  His primary and continuing interest was in aviation, obtaining his private pilot certificate in 1952, and retiring from flying in 2009.  He was also a member of the Murrysville Lion's Club.  In addition to his parents, Daniel was preceded in death by his first wife, Gaynelle Hager DeSanto.  He is survived by his wife, Patricia “Patty” J. DeSanto, a brother, Robert S. (Polly) DeSanto of Waterford, CT, three stepchildren with Patricia: Robert D. (Becky) Ferry, Diane Burger, and David J. (Jennifer) Ferry.  He is also survived by two stepchildren with his late wife, Gaynelle DeSanto: Barbara J. (Ralph) Sullivan and Larry H. (Susan) Gasbarrini;  Thirteen stepgrandchildren, Taylor, Daniel, and Joshua Ferry; Caleb and Jacob Ferry; and Michael and Jessica Guthrie; Angela Freeman, Jill Sullivan, and Tiffany, Larry H., Molly, and Cassandra Gasbarrini.  Also surviving are several step greatgrandchildren, nieces, and nephews.  When asked about what he wished to be his obituary, he replied, “Just say that I tried to be a good husband, a good stepfather, and a good engineer”.  Visitation Monday, January 20, 2020 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 7:30 p.m. with a funeral service at 7:30 p.m. at Hart Funeral Home Inc., Murrysville.  Interment will be private at Elmlawn Cemetery, Kenmore, NY.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association in Dr. Daniel DeSanto’s name.  www.hartfuneralhomeinc.com

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Sam Savorelli
   Posted Sat January 18, 2020
I have known Dan for 50 years. He was an exceptionally intelligent individual but an exceptionally funny person. If I needed a partner on a trivial team, Dan would be my pick. We worked at Westinghouse together for many of those years. I am happy that we were able to spend time together whether going to lunch, having dinner with friends, or going to our favorite barbecue place. He was truly a great friend and I will miss him.

Tracey Zillian
   Posted Sat January 18, 2020
I am so sad to hear the news about Dr. DeSanto. He was my next door neighbor for many years and close friends with my parents. We stayed in touch with Christmas cards over the years. He will be missed. Sending love to his family.

Tracey Rorison Zillian

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