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DANIEL O'LEARY Daniel Gregory O'Leary passed away Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, at home, surrounded by his family. Dan was born July 31, 1923, in St. Paul, Minn., son to Daniel and Rose O'Leary. Not long after his birth, the family moved to San Francisco, where he attended Lowell High School and competed in basketball, crew and boxing. Dan served in the U.S. Army Air Corp's Pacific Theatre, China Burma India (CBI) during World War II under Gen. Joseph Stilwell. Following the war, he returned to San Francisco and attended Golden Gate College. He co-founded Ad-Art Sign Company of Stockton, Calif., along with brothers, John and Lou Papais. The trio transformed a small Stockton-based sign company into a dominant industry leader. Ad-Art designed, manufactured and installed many notable landmark projects throughout the U.S., and transformed the Las Vegas Strip with some of the most exciting designs and "sign spectaculars" in the history of the industry. He also served on the Presentation School and St. Mary's High School boards, serving as president, while remaining an active member of St. Michael's Parish. Dan was preceded in death by his wife, of 44 years, Albina Rossi O'Leary. He is survived by his wife, of 16 years, Beverly Ann O'Leary of Lodi, Calif.; a sister, Dorothy Collopy of Burlingame, Calif.; his children, Melissa Hobby and Gregory O'Leary of Stockton, Martin and Lisa O'Leary of Lodi, Jan and David Gellerman of Valley Springs, Calif., Terri Jo and Dale Reiger of Washington, and Rob and Kandi Miller of Stockton; 14 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Papa was known to his family for being a consummate gentleman, his great sense of humor, and his kind way, but always keeping in mind he was Irish. Visitation will be 3-7 p.m., with a vigil service taking place at 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 14, at the Evergreen Chapel at Cherokee Memorial Park, Highway 99 at Harney Lane, Lodi. Mass and Christian burial will be at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15, at St. Michael's Church, 5882 North Ashley Lane, Stockton, CA 95212. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Daniel O'Leary Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o St. Mary's High School.

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