Daniel Peter Sangregorio entered the world on November 18, 2019 at exactly 9:00 PM, eyes wide open, observing everything and everyone around him. His eyes closed for the final time on August 8, 2023 after a two-year-long fight against AT/RT, a rare brain cancer.
Daniel lived every single moment of his almost-four-years with enthusiasm and love. He especially loved his toy "Jamie truck" - a mail truck named after our mail carrier, who gave it to him - with a small toy puppy he added from another toy set that he named Lainey, after a family dog. He was also a huge fan of garbage trucks (of which he had dozens), police cars, fire trucks, street sweepers, construction vehicles, and dump trucks, to name a few. He loved any and all vehicles and would often correct his family if they named them incorrectly. He also loved animals like penguins, puppies, sea turtles, and dinosaurs.
He was an avid fan of Mickey Mouse and Blippi, with honorable mentions to Elephant Gerald and Piggie and the rest of his "friends", which were numerous. This includes Disney characters like the rest of the "Fab Five", Pooh Bear, the Cars vehicles as well as Bluey and the Heeler family. Sesame Street characters like Elmo, Grover, and Cookie Monster were also his favorites. His menagerie in bed changed nightly, but his steadfast friends were his teddy bear Lily, his Mickey Mouse, his giant bear he named Barry, and his "baby", a baby doll he named Sally.
He loved to read to and with his parents and family. He had a library of books that would rival most toddlers - and some adults. Favorites include Night Night Truck and Where do Diggers Sleep at Night?, and the aforementioned Elephant and Piggie series. He loved having his own library card, though he preferred sitting and reading the books while he was there to borrowing them.
He had the best smile, the sweetest voice, and the most contagious laugh. "You were our best four years..."
Daniel is survived by his mother and father, Sarah and Michael Sangregorio. He is also survived by both sets of grandparents, Janet and Anthony Lagattuta & Eileen and Joseph Sangregorio, his aunt and uncle Tina and Matthew Hartog, his aunt and uncle Christine and Michael and cousins. He is also survived by his great grandmother Grace Sangregorio, and many others in his extended family on both sides.
He is predeceased by his maternal great grandparents Domenica and Mario Lagattuta & Shirley and Clyde Denman and by his paternal great grandparents Francis and Doris Muthig & Michael Sangregorio.
Thank you to everyone on "Team Danny" for all of their support and care as we battled this awful disease.
Daniel is in the care of Aloia Funeral Home. Viewing will be Thursday, August 10, 2023, 4 to 8 PM. The funeral is Friday, August 11, 2023 arriving at the Aloia Funeral Home at 9:30 am followed by a 10:30 am Funeral Mass at St. Anne's RC Church, Fair Lawn. A private cremation will follow.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to Tackle Kids Cancer and/or the Tomorrow's Children's Fund (both affiliated with Hackensack Meridian Health) or another pediatric cancer research institution, in his memory. Alternately, you can donate your local library, in his honor.
Arrangements by the Aloia Funeral Home, 180 Harrison Ave., Garfield (973-340-7077). Condolences/Directions visit aloiafuneral.com