In Hamden, October 26, 2006, Daniel L. Potts, 71, of Hamden, father of Hilary Potts and her husband, Michael House of Danbury, Andrew Potts and wife, Erica of Canton, MA and Jessica Payne and husband, Bobby of Sydney, Australia; grandfather of Stephen Potts, Garrett House, Matthew Potts, Evan House, Adam Payne and Madelyn Payne; cousin of Norman Gacca and his wife, Marie. Also survived by his former wife, Judy Bluestone Potts of Norwood, MA and special friends, Carol Podgwaite and Anita Sorraco. Mr. Potts was born in Buffalo, NY, Sept.1, 1935, son of the late Stanley and Genevive Kulczyk Potts. He joined General Electric as a quality control engineer and spent over 35 years with the company in various locations and businesses. Dan became and renowned expert in non Ferris materials. He completed his career as Manager of the Materials Information Service with Keane Consultants in Boston, MA. A life long devotee of opera and other cultural endeavors, Dan was active member of The Schenectady Arts Council and a founding member and First President of the Achilles Figure Skating Club at Union College. He was also a founding member of Temple Sinai in Burlington, VT. He established several meeting groups for AA and was a faithful and proud participant for over thirty years. Dan was a Hamden Mayoral candidate for the Republican Party in 2001. Dan ran for the council seat for the 8th district in 1997, 1998 and 2003. He was a certified moderator who ran the district polls in the last two state/federal elections. Dan was an active member of the Hamden Republican Town committee for over 15 years. He was presently the Hamden Coordinator for Governor Jodi Rell's Re-election Campaign. Memorial Service Mon., Oct. 30, 2006 at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden at 4 p.m. Friends may call prior to the service from 2-4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to your local Arts Council.

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  1. Andrew and Family, Our thoughts are with you all. We hope you find peace and understanding through this experience and have been strengthened by the life lessons of Mr. Potts.

  2. Dan Potts was my neighbor for ten years. He was one of the nicest,kindesss,and most generous men I ever met. He will be missed very much by all of us here at currier Ridge. My deepest sympathy to all his family members Sincerely, Carol Giannotti

  3. Dan was one of the founders of Proctor’s Theatre and came to celebrate with us the anniversary a few years ago. We deeply appreciated his commitment to the arts and to our Theatre in Schenectady which was an old vaudeville house — now beautifully restored. He was one of our important people as we took on the overwhelming job of restoration of this 2700 seat theater which had almost been list to the wrecking ball. He was an active member of the Schenectady Arts Council. Our sympathy to friends and family.

  4. Dear Andrew, Jessica and Hillary, I am Carol Kiefer Sullivan, your Dads’ first cousin. It’s with our most heartfelt feelings that my brother Bob and I send you our deepest sympathy. Your father and I kept in touch several times a year with a phone call or email. I always looked forward to my correspondence with him, because we were very close as children growing up in Buffalo, and we had so much history together. As adults, we would visit from time to time. Twice I went to his home in Hamden, and he came here to northern CA many times. I feel I know each of you even-though we never have met. Your dad always would keep me abreast with what was new in his children’s lives. Andrew; the handsome one (he said you took after him), Jessica and Hillary; the adventurous ones, taking wildlife trips with him, living in Australia and southern CA. All of you with successful careers and all wonderful parents. We all loved cousin Danny and our love for him is eternal, he may have left this mortal earth, but he will never leave our hearts. With sincere love, Your second cousins, Carol Kiefer Sullivan and Robert Kiefer

  5. Dear Hilary and family, We were very sorry to hear of the passing of your father. We did not have the pleasure of knowing him but he sounds like quite a man who we both would have enjoyed knowing. I do know that our grandsons (Evan and Garrett) thought a lot of him and that makes him special to us. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sadness. Love,

  6. I am very saddened at the passing of Dan. I have just heard of this. I met Dan through his participation in Committee B-05 of ASTM where he chaired the sub-committee on SI units for many years. We will miss his service and friendship.

  7. I worked with Dan when we were both part of GE’s Technology Marketing Operation. Later, after spinning off from GE, our Company published Dan’s International Metallic Materials Cross Reference. Your Dad (and grandfather) was a brilliant and passionate man. I will never forget the many wonderful conversations we’ve shared about every topic imaginable, from China, to opera, to politics to putting sausage in pasta fagiola. He especially loved talking about his children and grandchildren. It will be difficult to no longer be able to pick up the phone to find out .what Potts is up to.. I’m truly thankful I had the opportunity to know Dan Potts. My condolences to his family.

  8. My prayers go out to each of the family members. I am sure he is in a better place now and watching over his loving family. I did not know Mr. Potts–I work with his daughter Hilary. You have my deepest sympathies. Beth Lyons

  9. My wonderful neighbor & friend, Daniel L. Potts I will miss Dan deeply, he touched my heart in many ways. I will always remember how I first met Dan. It was at our community pool party on Memorial Day weekend 2004. I arrived at the pool entrance with a big tray of my homemade lasagna. He greeted me with open arms and said..is that all for me you beautiful woman? not knowing him at all I just smiled at him… little did I know he was going to be a great and special friend to me. He treated my Mom and I out to dinner a few times and quite a few times with my neighbors. He has a heart of gold and so very generous, he can never be replaced. My Mother, Maria Onorato & sister, Dolores Cocchiaro from Anthem, Arizona sends their deepest sympathy to Dan’s family. We will all miss him so deeply. God Bless Dan’s family during this difficult time.

  10. To Andrew and the Potts Family, I never met your father but from Andrew’s stories I know how much Andrew thought highly of his father and from the stories that he told us he seemed to be an astounding person. My fiance and I are extremely sorry for your loss and we would like to extend our deepest condolences to you Andrew and the Potts family.

  11. To Andrew and the Potts Family, Our deepest sympathies and prayers go out to you and your family during this time of reflection. My wife and I know how much you think of your father. The many stories Andrew told us about his father makes this an especially difficult time for those who share so much time with Andrew at work.

  12. To Dan’s Family I am so sorry for the loss of your wonderful father. I had the pleasure of meeting him through my sister Gloria Onorato who lived at Currier Ridge in Hamden. Dan was always so nice to me when I would come to visit my sister. On numerous occasions he would take my mom and sis out to dinner. They loved being in his company. I’m sure he will be missed by all who knew and loved him. My deepest sympathy from the bottom of my heart.

  13. To The Family & Friends of Mr. Potts Dan was our neighbor at Currier Ridge and beloved by everyone. He always had such a wonderful smile and he was extremely kind & thoughtful to all of us. He joined all of our pool parties always making a huge fresh fruit salad. We were all together on Wednesday nite after a condo meeting (October 25th). He was definitely an Icon in our community and we will miss him so much. He brought to us something special that is irreplaceable. He had such a zest for learning & life itself. Let his soul be bound up in eternal peace.

  14. To The Family & Friends of Mr. Potts Dan was our neighbor at Currier Ridge and beloved by everyone. He always had such a wonderful smile and he was extremely kind & thoughtful to all of us. He joined all of our pool parties always making a huge fresh fruit salad. We were all together on Wednesday nite after a condo meeting (October 25th). He was definitely an Icon in our community and we will miss him so much. He brought to us something special that is irreplaceable. He had such a zest for learning & life itself. Let his soul be bound up in eternal peace.

  15. To The Potts Family. We wish to extend our condolences in this time of sorrow. We know that Your Father/Grandfather was a very special part of your family and will be missed dearly.

  16. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. I wish to express the condolences of my Grandmother as well~ Eleanore Zeznick. Tina Sheley

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