Obituary Notices and Memorials


MAHER, Daniel B. Passed away on February 14, 2010, after a long, courageous battle against formidable health problems. He is survived by his brother, Kevin Maher, and other family members and friends who will miss him very much. As a teacher his primary lesson to us, his friends and family, was taught by the example of his 79 years with us. He lived well by relentlessly eschewing material wealth and nourishing spiritual and aesthetic values. He grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y. As a senior in high school he traveled the country to scout for a place to nourish his values. He found it in the Pacific Northwest. After high school he went there to join the Roman Catholic Jesuit order in Oregon. After 13 years of studying and teaching with the Jesuits, he was ordained a priest. As a parish-priest, he served several years in a rural church in Havre, Montana, mainly serving the poor and enjoying the open spaces. In addition, he taught a variety of subjects in high school. After nearly 20 years with the Jesuits, he left and came to Los Angeles to pursue a career dedicated to the fine-arts. He studied at Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, then opened his first art gallery in Redondo Beach, Calif. About 15 years later he opened his second gallery in downtown Los Angeles. Daniel was a man of diverse interests. In addition to a passion for art, social justice and his religious faith, he loved to sail his 40 foot boat, 'October,' and even lived on it for many years in the Redondo Beach harbor. He was also an avid bird-watcher. When Daniel closed his Los Angeles gallery to retire, he moved to Lancaster where he found enjoyment again in the wilderness and open spaces he had left so many years before. He became active at Sacred Heart parish sparking young minds again as a religious education teacher. He served, too, as a Bible study leader, and lector. During this time he became a prolific writer of biblical commentary, on which he worked until his death. There will be a Funeral Mass for him at 10 a.m., Friday, February 26, 2010, at Sacred Heart Church. Arrangements are through Halley- Olsen-Murphy, Lancaster.

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