Christopher Danias, 71, of Bradford, PA passed away Monday, Aug. 21, 2023, at Hamot Medical Center, Erie.
He was born Nov. 11, 1951, a son of the late James K. and Frances H. Danias.
He was a 1969 graduate of Bradford Senior High School.
Chris’s love of playing the drums began in his teens. ……
The most active and successful band Chris played with was Railway Express, which was active from 1973 to 1977, playing five to six nights a week. The band toured Western and Upstate New York, all of Pennsylvania, and multiple cities in Ohio. He also had fond memories of playing with the bands West, John David’s Mood and the Hartle Brothers.
Chris inherited his love of cooking from his parents, whose diner The Famous Lunch was a Mechanic Street staple in Bradford for decades and known for its Greek hot dog sauce.
For several years Chris was a cook at the Dresser Home. He worked at Futures Rehabilitation Center for 27 years, retiring as a delivery driver in 2016.
In addition to his love of music, Chris was an avid hunter who loved being outdoors, particularly at the family’s camps.
He is survived by one brother, Thomas (Sue) Danias of Erie; sisters Dianne (the late James) Dale of Erie and Tina (James) Lopez of Erie; nieces Kelly Danias of Irmo, S.C., Beth Eberth of Portville, N.Y., Kathleen Danias (Brad Skaggs) of Bradford, Kristen Danias of Erie, Jennifer Bailey of Erie, Thomas Danias of Erie, Stacie (Joseph) Gorse of Derrick City, Anthony (Kathleen) Danias, Jr. of Cary, NC, Danny Lopez of Erie, and Amanda (Kirkland) Pyles of Waterford, one great-niece, several great-nephews and numerous cousins.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers James C. (Rebecca) Danias and Anthony (Christy) Danias, Sr.
Throughout his life Chris was blessed with wonderful neighbors, childhood companions who would ride their bikes to Allegany State Park to go fishing, or, in later years, a kind network who stopped by with groceries and friendship.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 24, 2023 at the Mascho Funeral Home, Inc., 75 Kennedy St., Bradford, from 3:00 to 6:00 PM with a funeral service to be held immediately following at 6:00 PM in the funeral home with the Rev. John Jacquel, pastor of the St. Bernard Catholic Church, officiating.
Burial will be in St. Bernard Cemetery.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to Futures Rehabilitation Center, One Futures Way, Bradford, Pa., 16701, or the McKean County SPCA, 80 Glenwood Ave., PO Box 113, Bradford, Pa., 16701.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Mascho Funeral Home, Inc.
Online Condolences can be expressed at www.maschofuneral.com.