Dan Lavery, 88

Crossword puzzle and chess wiz

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Daniel Philip Lavery, 88, of Oak Park, died on Jan. 1, 2021. Born on June 28, 1932, in New York City, the only child of Daniel Philip Lavery and Agnes Hunt, both immigrants from Scotland, he grew up in Queens and graduated from Regis High School in 1950 and Manhattan College in 1954, with a degree in chemistry. He met the love of his life, Doris Emily Guenther, on a blind date set up by their mothers who worked together as telephone operators. Dan and Doris were married on Oct. 21, 1954.

After college, he served two years as an officer in the Air Force and then started work for Dupont in New Jersey, developing photographic paper. He completed his MBA at Rutgers University in 1963, attending night school while working full time and became the plant manager at a photographic paper plant, Anken Chemical, in Williamstown, Massachusetts in 1964. He began a business consulting career in the New York area in 1977 and moved to Wyckoff, New Jersey, where he lived for the rest of his career. He was a founding partner in the Matterhorn Group.

They had four sons and were active members of their local Catholic church. They traveled extensively and especially enjoyed trips to Ireland and Israel.

Considered a Renaissance man, he read the New York Times daily, cover to cover, always completing the crossword puzzle in pen. An accomplished photographer, he enjoyed classical music, reading novels, and especially enjoyed playing chess with his kids and grandkids.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Doris, in 2010 and moved to Oak Park, where he lived prior to his death. He was very involved in the lives of his children and grandchildren and continued to explore his love of art and culture, including frequent trips to the Art Institute.

His survivors include his sons, Dr. Daniel P. Lavery (Diana); Dr. Brian E. Lavery (MaryAnn); Dr. Kevin T. Lavery (Kathleen); and Michael P. Lavery, of Oak Park; his 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A private memorial event will be planned by the family.

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