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Daniel J. Aikens

Born February 5, 1953

Daniel J. Aikens, age 60, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 30, 2014, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Wilmington, Delaware on February 5, 1953, Danny was the son of the late Joseph Aikens and Mary McCann.

Danny graduated from DelCastle High School in 1971 where he studied printing. He was a sports fanatic and loved cheering for the Green Bay Packers and the Philadelphia Flyers. He took great pride in his work at Dodd Dental Laboratory, where he was an expert in his field as a dental technician. Danny also worked at FedEx until his illness.

The most important thing to him was providing for and taking care of his family who were everything to him. Danny truly loved people, a good day at the beach, and was beloved by all of his family and friends. He will forever be missed for his kindness, generosity and his loyalty to everyone that he knew. He will always be remembered for his love of life, his big smile, his huge heart and sipping a pineapple margarita on the beach.

The family would like to express their appreciation to Dr. Guarino, Cheryl, Christine and Krissy, along with the entire staff at the Helen Graham Chemotherapy Center, Dr. Rebecca Jaffe, and Rene and Linda of Delaware Hospice for the compassionate care each of them provided throughout Danny’s illness.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepfather, Joseph Green. Danny is survived by his beloved wife of 31 years, Dianne (Finocchiaro) Aikens; loving children, Daniel J. Aikens, Jr., Christopher Aikens and Alexa Aikens; brothers-in-law, Martin Finocchiaro and Robert Finocchiaro (Kathleen); his 2 cousins, Jeannie Beamer and Joann Durnall, who were both like sisters to him; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Friends may call from 6 pm until 8 pm on Monday evening, February 3, 2014 at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE and again from 9:30 am until 10:30 am on Tuesday morning, February 4, 2014 at the funeral home. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 am on Tuesday morning, February 4, 2014, at Our Lady of Fatima R.C. Church, 801 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE. Entombment will follow in All Saints Cemetery, 6001 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Danny’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 92 Read’s Way, Ste. 205, New Castle, DE 19720 or to Delaware Hospice, 16 Polly Drummond Center, 2nd Floor, Newark, DE 19711.

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  • You were a brother to us. So much more then a friend. We will miss you brother! Love always, Rick and Diane

  • Dianne and family, I am so sorry for the passing of your beloved husband and father. May God comfort you and may you always smile when you reflect and remember all the great times you had as a family! You are in my thoughts and prayers. I also extend sympathy to the rest of the family. I know Danny will be truly missed. God bless you all.
    Love, Gloria Starling

  • Dianne and family, we were so sorry to hear about Danny. You are in our thoughts.

  • Dianne, I am so sorry to hear about Danny….I hope time, prayers and gods blessing helps you thru this awful time…..I haven’t seen you in 30 plus years, but I’ve thought of you often and was totally saddened when I heard this……God Bless……Jill

  • Danny
    Rest in piece my dear friend, may God bless you and your family. The times we did see each other I remember you where always in good spirts, and had a big smile on your face. I am sure we will meet again someday, Iam sure I will see that big smile. Our love to yoiur family.

  • You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Dianne and Family – You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Dianne, I am so sorry to hear about Danny. When I saw the picture and that smile, it brought back memories. May the love and support of family and friends help you at this difficult time. You and your family will be in our prayers
    God’s Blessings, Joe and Patty Longobardi Roach

  • Dianne,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
    God Bless,
    Brenda Mason

  • Danny, I haven’t seen you since school days, but you will be missed. God bless you and keep you. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you family! Rest in Peace!

  • Dianne & family… we were heartbroken to learn of Danny’s passing. We have always thought of you all as extended family. Even though we didn’t see you as often as in prior years – Danny has been in our thoughts & prayers. He was such a funny and loving guy… always had a smile on his face. Ken teased him all the time – and got the same back from Dan. You’ve got a wonderful support of family & friends to help see you through this difficult time. We love you…

  • So sad to hear of Danny’s passing.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you Dianne and your family.

    George Glanden

  • Danny i don’t know what to say only i will miss you. Growing up with you made my childhood so very special you’re the best friend a kid could have wanted. Rest easy now my brother we will meet again.May God hold your family tight in his arms and help them in the coming times ahead. Love you

  • What a wonderful smile and truly sweet guy. Deepest sympathy to all his family. RIP Danny.

  • So very sorry to hear of Dannys passing. We have not seen him since high school graduation but oh what a friend he was then. Looking at his picture it was the same Danny as always with that same beautiful smile. Our heart goes out to his family, he was a wonderful guy and will be missed by all who knew him. Thoughts and prayers to your wife and kids.

  • I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. The Bible teaches that Jehovah is the God of all comfort. -2Corinthians 1:3,4. He also promises to “wipe out every tear from (our) eyes and death will be no more.” (Revelation 21:4.) May you find comfort in coming to know what hope there is for the future.

  • I am so sorry to hear about Danny and sorry I could not be there. What an amazing person he was, I feel very proud and honored to have known him and to have been a small part of his life.

  • I am sorry to hear about Dannys passing after such a battle.Please know that you’re family is in my prayers.

  • Diane and family,

    Words can’t express how sad we were to hear of Danny’s passing. We will always remember that wonderful smile and contagious positive attitude. I don’t think we ever walked away from Danny without remarking about what a great person he was. He will truly be missed.

    You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Karen & Jim Lister

  • Dear Dianne,
    It’s been forever. I was searching for you to
    see how you were doing and found Danny’s
    Obituary. Today 8/24/14.
    I am so very sorry for your loss and sorry
    that I did not know sooner.