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Daniel R. Van Amburgh

Daniel “Dan” R. Van Amburgh of Watervliet entered eternal peace on July 23rd, at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was 71.

Born in Albany New York, on December 2nd, 1947, Dan grew up in North Albany, where he enjoyed playing various sports, but basketball and baseball were what he excelled at. At age 12, he took baseball seriously. Those who knew him said, “A youngster more dedicated to the game you just won’t find”. This was the reason why he has accomplished the finest all-around record ever established in the North Albany loop.  Dan continued setting records throughout his teen years.

Dan graduated from St. Joseph’s Academy in 1967. His high school years were the highlight of so many positive things that were happening in his life. In his freshman year, he was co-captain of the JV basketball team.  He was known for his strong shooting arm and good eye. He was moved to the varsity squad where he displayed great motivation and a drive that couldn’t be stopped. Dan was an all-around player, breaking numerous records in his days of playing basketball for the St. Josephs Redman. He was equally skilled with baseball, playing for St. Joseph’s, which led the Redman to a Parochial League Championship for the North Albany Twilight league and the North Albany American Legion. Within Dan’s baseball career he received the honors of: All Area Player, Most valued player, Coaches’ choice of the year award and Paul Guiry award for sportsmanship.

Dan was well known for his athletic accomplishments and for being an amazing person. In the fall of 1966, Dan was notified that he would be receiving a “full ride” scholarship to Villanova for basketball. After attending Villanova for a short time an old knee injury ended Dan’s short career in college sports requiring surgery.

Known for his outgoing and popular personality, Dan will be remembered as the class president of his Sophomore year and as a student council advisor. In 1996 Dan’s hard work was recognized again when he was inducted into the Capital District Basketball Hall of Fame.

Dan was employed as an office assistant at the Iroquois Millwork in Albany. Dan will be remembered as a top salesman of the month at both Armory Garage and Albany Dodge.

After retiring Dan enjoyed the leisure life. He loved fishing, visiting the casinos and later, enjoying quality time with his cousin Gene and friends at the riverfront.

Dan leaves behind his son Danny Van Amburgh Jr. of Rotterdam; his daughters Rachel Van Amburgh of Latham, and Jinnine Deegan (Keith “KC”) of Ballston Spa, his grandchildren Mackenzie, Danny, Mikahyah, Gianna and Jase AKA “Pal”. In addition to his children and grandchildren Dan is survived by his sisters: Theresa Jennings of Menands, Nancy (Mike) Conde of Troy and Susan Sandoval of Watervliet. Dan will be missed also by several Nieces and Nephews and as well as several cousins. Dan will be remembered fondly by his Cousin Gene Van Amburgh Jr. Also surviving is Dan’s former wife Marianne Pontore.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Melissa Ives who spent countless hours making sure Dan was comfortable, as well as several Hospice caretakers, who also offered help and support with special mention to Jamie. Jamie was the “Rock” that held Dan together. Jamie was patient, informative, comforting and compassionate.

Dan’s memory will live on within all of us. We will remember how he would never say “good-bye” without saying “I Love You”.

Services for Dan will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Albany Community Hospice 445 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205.

Funeral Arrangement entrusted to the Konicek & Collett Funeral Home LLC


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so sorry for the family a good old boy from north Albany rest in peace danny boy

joseph bruno Jul 30 2019 12:00 AM

Looking back on so many good memories shared.

Nancy Conde Jul 30 2019 12:00 AM

so sorry for the family a good old boy from north Albany rest in peace danny boy

joseph bruno Jul 30 2019 12:00 AM

Looking back on so many good memories shared.

Nancy Conde Jul 30 2019 12:00 AM

Danny played varsity basketball for my very first varsity team. That first year I was not only very unsure of myself and worried constantly about assuming the coaching role of a very capable and talented team. I must say that the team did not disappoint the predictions of success and the main reason was the outstanding caliber of dedication, unselfishness and camaraderie shared by this group of super young men. The strongest remembrance I carry with me to this day was the respect and hard working attitude this team exhibited. Dan was the main reason that these character traits carried forward for the whole year! He quietly led the team by his work ethic and dedication. The team came first in all his preparation and leadership! I can never over state what he meant to the our team, school and league by his confident, dedicated attitude. Danny, you were everything that your honors have stated! I could never thank you enough for making our team a pleasure to coach and a learning experience for a rookie coach. We won seventeen games while only losing three and playing the most difficult schedule our school had ever played. Mere words can never capture your value, nor could they possibly state my personal respect and love I have for this team and especially for your role in its success! Prayers and gratitude for all you have done. You will not ever be forgotten! Thank You! Jerry Connolly St Joseph's Academy Varsity Basketball Coach 1966-70

Jerry Connolly Jul 29 2019 12:00 AM

Danny played varsity basketball for my very first varsity team. That first year I was not only very unsure of myself and worried constantly about assuming the coaching role of a very capable and talented team. I must say that the team did not disappoint the predictions of success and the main reason was the outstanding caliber of dedication, unselfishness and camaraderie shared by this group of super young men. The strongest remembrance I carry with me to this day was the respect and hard working attitude this team exhibited. Dan was the main reason that these character traits carried forward for the whole year! He quietly led the team by his work ethic and dedication. The team came first in all his preparation and leadership! I can never over state what he meant to the our team, school and league by his confident, dedicated attitude. Danny, you were everything that your honors have stated! I could never thank you enough for making our team a pleasure to coach and a learning experience for a rookie coach. We won seventeen games while only losing three and playing the most difficult schedule our school had ever played. Mere words can never capture your value, nor could they possibly state my personal respect and love I have for this team and especially for your role in its success! Prayers and gratitude for all you have done. You will not ever be forgotten! Thank You! Jerry Connolly St Joseph's Academy Varsity Basketball Coach 1966-70

Jerry Connolly Jul 29 2019 12:00 AM

Danny could do it all. He was the idol of every kid in North Albany. Rest in pease Danny.

John gebhardt Jul 28 2019 12:00 AM

Danny was a great guy. I think he was the bes ball player to come out of North Albany ever. He was a lot of fun, a friend and he will be missed. Carol and I send our prayers and deepest condolences.

Daniel Doherty Jul 28 2019 12:00 AM

Dan was a wonderful person who had a very positive outlook. He was a considerate person and quite humble. It was nice to read about his baseball and basketball accomplishments. My deepest sympathy to the entire family.

Ed Toomajian Jul 28 2019 12:00 AM

Danny could do it all. He was the idol of every kid in North Albany. Rest in pease Danny.

John gebhardt Jul 28 2019 12:00 AM

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