Former bank manager dies

Dan Daniel, who has died aged 90
Dan Daniel, who has died aged 90
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Former March bank manager Frederick (Dan) Daniel has died aged 90.

He was manager of the Nat West Bank in March from 1972 until his retirement in 1983.

Dan, an identical twin, was born in rural North Devon and grew up on a small farm. He was educated at Shebbear College, from where he left to commence his long banking career, his first branch being in Taunton, Somerset.

In 1942 he enlisted in the army and joined the Royal Signals where he embarked on a stiff training course to learn the art of intercepting, listening to and recording the Morse code. One of the locations he found himself at was at Glemham Hall in East Suffolk, where he met his wife, Christine,

In August 1944 he took part in the Battle of Normandy and with his unit he went through many towns and villages in France, Belgium eventually arriving in Berlin.

After his demob in 1946 he returned to work in the bank and married Christine in 1947. Initially, they lived in Minehead, Somerset, but then moved to East Anglia where he worked in Diss, Ipswich, Woodbridge, and March where he was manager for over 10 years from 1972 until his retirement in 1983.

During his time in March he was associated with the Middle Level Watermen’s Club, the Brasa Club and March Young Farmers and for many years he belonged to March Golf Club, he was captain in 1997. The couple moved to Ripon, North Yorkshire, in 1996 to be nearer their daughter Sandra. Christine died in 2010, and Dan’s health suffered as a result of a heart attack the same year. After a fall in his home recently, when he broke his ankle, he was admitted to hospital. His health deteriorated further, and he passed away peacefully on Friday October 4. He leaves behind a daughter, Sandra and a son John, and four grandchildren Nicola, Richard, John and Charlotte.