Clarence Leroy Daniels, an East Hampton native and former lobsterman, died of double pneumonia on Jan. 30 in a hospital in Meherrin, Va. He was 85 and had lung disease.
Mr. Daniels joined the merchant marine in 1944 at the age of 16. After for two years, he became a United States marine, serving in China until March 1947.
He was born on April 14, 1928, in East Hampton to Winthrop and Caroline Simons Daniels, one of eight children. After leaving the service, he returned to his hometown, where he and the former Elizabeth Ann Magee were married. The couple lived in Amagansett and later in East Hampton Village. In the early ’90s, upon retirement, Mr. Daniels and his wife moved to Meherrin. Mrs. Daniels died in July 2012.
As a young man, Mr. Daniels had worked for Duryea and Sons in the lobster business in Montauk. He also had his own lobster boat and enjoyed fishing of all kinds, commercial or recreational. He had held a Civil Service job working in security at a government facility for a time and also been a caretaker at the Whitney estate in East Hampton.
Mr. Daniels is survived by a sister, Frances Guttarsman of New Hampshire, and a brother, Richard Daniels, who lives with his daughter on the East End.
A funeral Mass was said on Tuesday at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Meherrin, the Rev. Tony Morris presiding. Burial took place in the church cemetery with military honors.