Daniel Cleary McTeague
June 1, 1940 – February 14, 2018
Resident of San Jose
Daniel Cleary McTeague passed away peacefully on February 14, 2018, at the age of 77, surrounded by his family in San Jose, California.
Daniel was born in West Hartford, Connecticut to Kathryn and Raymond McTeague. Dan was thankful to his parents for his important gift of faith. After graduating from Conrad High School, he joined the Army Reserve Military Police Unit; the beginning of a law enforcement career he dreamt about since the age of ten.
After returning from six months of active duty, he moved to California to attend college. He attended Monterey Peninsula College before transferring to San Jose State where he graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice Administration; teaching for a short time before joining the San Jose Police Department where he would proudly serve 29 years; retiring as a Sergeant in 1994.
Dan worked in several special details, proudly spending the majority of his career in uniform. He taught at the Academy and served on security details for three former mayors, Norm Mineta, Janet Gray Hayes and Tom McEnery. Dan was one of the original officers assigned to the Department’s elite MERGE unit. As a Sergeant, Dan respected his officers and they him.
In 1981, Dan met the love of his life, Daryl Marie McCarthy, at his brother’s restaurant, The Fog Horn. They married in 1984 and this Irish union of 33 years produced two children, Riley in 1986 and Cleary in 1988.
Dan treasured his family, faith, friends, and the city he sought to protect. In retirement, Dan used his skills to bring people together in community projects or real estate dealings. He gave freely of his time to mentor young people. Dan was a master storyteller and a good hearted and caring friend to many. His cheerful disposition and the twinkle in his eyes will be missed. He was active in the Dublin Sister Cities Program, the Police Officers’ Association, the Police Benevolent Association and was an honorary member of the Italian Club, Friendly Wednesdays.
Dan was preceded in death by his parents, Kathryn and Raymond McTeague and his brothers Bert and Terry. He is survived by his devoted wife, Daryl, his brother, Emmett (Barbara) and his loving children, Riley and Cleary Codipilly (Jonathan). Dan was blessed with three grandchildren; Aengus, Tierney, Finnegan and his newest grandchild due in August. He is also survived by his cherished in-laws, Mary and Robert McCarthy, his sisters-in-law Virgie and Mary, and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial service will take place on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 2:00 PM at Holy Spirit 1200 Redmond Ave, San Jose, CA 95120.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the San Jose Police Chaplaincy, Post Office Box 2202, San Jose, California 95109.