Memorial Spaceflights

Dante Sassi

"You are my sun, moon & stars. Your memory lives on"
1946 - 2021

Dante “Danny” Sassi

08/08/1946 - 12/27/2021

This is an incredible journey for an incredible guy.

Dante was born in McKeesport, PA., to Dorothy McCorkle.   This will be a final resting place where his spirit will shine down after a life well-lived.   Family and friends can always look up to the sky and remember how truly special he was. 

What I want the world to know about Danny was that he had a magic about him that was all his own, and his spirit lit up a room like sunshine.  He had an extraordinary life full of excitement, so I can hear him saying, “this is incredible,” and thank you for a wonderful life.  “I did it my way.”

Danny was hysterical and just so funny and witty, always making one laugh.  His personality was charismatic, and he lit up a room with his stories and was like a breath of fresh air.  His knowledge was endless, and his mind was brilliant.  He essentially was self-taught, always reading and retaining it all.  He was especially fascinated with space and the galaxy.  Forty-one years ago, back in 1981, he was going to watch space shuttle launches from NASA at Cape Canaveral.  He continued to watch them up to his final day when he unexpectedly passed away from a Traumatic Brain Injury.  He had the app "Space Launch" on his tablet and viewed launches every day from around the world.  It was something he was fascinated with and truly enjoyed.  He always dreamed of traveling into space, and now his dream will come true.   He had such an adventurous soul.

Danny saw and accomplished more than most in his lifetime.  He sailed the transatlantic from Bermuda to England in a race.  He studied and trained for a pilot’s license in 1982.  He was an amazing chef and one of the first-ever surfers in Newport, R.I., in 1962. He was an expert at repairing almost everything and loved almost all music.  Danny was loyal, and his friendships extended back to his teenage years with a bond of brothers to this day.  He truly lived a life full of joy and adventure.

Danny had a gentle soul and was a true animal lover.  He took care of all the little birds and bunnies that came into the yard.  During the cold winter months, he would feed the birds and bring fresh water out every day.  Who does that?  In addition, he rescued a small dog from a protector of animals that needed care for 12 years.

One of his greatest gifts was that he was the most generous, thoughtful, and giving person I ever known.  Handing out endless Dunkin Donut gift cards, paying for the groceries for those in front of him or behind him, and always was there to help out the neighbors.  He was humble, gentle, and kind to all.  If you didn't know Danny, you missed a great gift.  I never met anyone who was quite simply more good in heart and soul.  He was truly a diamond, and I was blessed and honored that he shared his life with me.

He was my best friend and devoted husband for 25 years.  Now he is off to his next great adventure.  God Speed and God Bless. You left this world but not my heart.

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