SARATOGA SPRINGS — Daniel J. Colaes, 67, passed away suddenly from a heart attack on September 4, 2023, at home.
Dan was born on March 21, 1956, in Antwerp, Belgium. He was adopted at age 2 by Alfred and Catherine Sheehan Colaes and came to the U.S. His childhood was spent on Long Island. Dan resided in Saratoga Springs for over 40 years.
In Saratoga, Dan met his dance partner in life, Regina Cahill. They were married on June 8, 1991, and enjoyed 34 years of love and laughter together.
Dans career was in the marine/RV industry where he left his mark on a long list of loyal customers and marine and RV dealers. Everyone loved Dan. He retired in 2019 from King Controls, a company he truly respected.
Dan is survived by his wife, Regina, and his children- Jamie Ann Davies (Paul) of Saratoga Springs and Patrick John Colaes (Jaimee Martin) of Ballston Spa. He is also survived by four very lucky grandsons who adored their devoted Pappy – Parkes and Paxton Davies, Logan and Ford Colaes. They found great joy doing puzzles, Legos, tractor rides and sharing ice cream sandwiches with their Pappy.
Dan’s best four-legged friend, Duke, will surely miss his couch time, sharing Cool Ranch Doritos together. Dan will also be missed by numerous friends and family.
Dan will forever be remembered for his amazing sense of humor. He made everyone laugh. He enjoyed gardening, the Yankees, Jimmy Buffett, golf, cowboy movies (especially those starring The Duke) and a good nap. He really thought he could be a winning Jeopardy contestant! His greatest enjoyment was spending time with his family, which meant the world to him.
The family will be taking some time to decide how to fulfill his wishes and honor the super guy that he was. For sure there will be great food and Jimmy Buffett music and we know we will feel his love.
Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/ Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Home, 628 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.
Memorial donations may be made in Dan’s name to St. Jude’s Childrens Research Hospital: 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Online remembrances may be made at burkefuneralhome.com