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Brian Daniels

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June 14, 1952 ~ September 5, 2023

Born in: San Antonio, Texas
Resided in: San Antonio, Texas

Brian James Daniels was born June 14, 1952, in San Antonio, Texas, to loving parents John A. Daniels and Eileen McGee. He passed away peacefully and surrounded by the love of his family the morning of September 5, 2023 at the age of seventy-one.

Brian was nothing short of an extraordinary husband, father, and grandfather. His needs often came second to those of his children and grandchildren. Brian was entirely selfless and strove to be a positive example for his children. Brian had many hobbies, including boating, watching car races, as well as spending time with his family as often as he could. During Christmas he enjoyed playing Santa to spread the Christmas cheer. He loved Tejano music, trips to Port Aransas and playing cards on the back porch; he could fix anything; he was personable and always willing to help. He could turn your frown upside down in an instant and he could make life’s biggest obstacles feel small. His kind and gentle spirit will live on in the hearts of those that knew him for many years to come.

Brian is preceded in death by both parents, as well as his brothers Tom and Mike Daniels. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of over forty years Linda, along with their children Troy Votion, Kurt Varela, Tomi Daniels, and Sean Daniels. He is also survived by his grandchildren Rylee G., Shelby, Troy Dallas McKenzie, Rylee N., as well as his brother Tim Daniels.

Brian leaves behind a life and legacy that will not soon be forgotten. He will be missed dearly by all that had the pleasure of knowing him.

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  1. CandleImageBrian, Mr.D, Dad… whatever you called him was always there for sound advice. Recognizable in an instant as Santa but somehow he always made you feel important. He was known for being inquisitive and giving you that look. He loved his family, the coast, care, boats, playing cards and having a great time. I’m forever blessed that he was a surrogate dad and blessed me with a great friend for life. My heart is with your loved ones. God will give them strength and I know my Dad is greeting you with open arms.
    Sending hugs and much love,

  2. CandleImageIn Loving Memory of our dear family friend,

    Brian Daniels will forever be cherished in our hearts as a kind and wonderful soul who touched the lives of many. His annual role as Santa Claus during the Christmas season brought joy to hundreds, leaving behind a legacy of happiness and warmth.

    In this moment of remembrance, we also reflect on the deep bond he shared with his beloved brothers, Tom and Michael, who now join him in the heavens. Their love for each other was a testament to the power of family and friendship, and it’s a legacy we will hold close to our hearts.

    Rest in peace, dear friend. You will forever be missed and remembered with love.

    With heartfelt condolences,
    Rosa Cienfuegos Bimstein

  3. CandleImageBrian:
    You were a light that burned ever so bright. The world will be darker without you. You were a great brother-in-law and my children and I loved you. Thank you for being a part of our world.

    • CandleImageIn loving memory of my Godfather.
      Brian was my dad’s best friend since the 3rd grade. He was my Godfather, my kids Santa Claus, the guy who gave $2 bills for every birthday since I was little. He was a great family friend, always put a smile on your face. We all enjoyed our trips to the beach every summer. He truly loved that place. Brian, you will be truly missed. I know you will continue to look down on us. Love you lots.

  4. I’ve know Brian since around 1965. My cousins lived across the street from his family. We would play with the Daniels kids quite often. I remember Brian as a selfless individual over his lifetime. He loved playing Santa and it was so cool watching him drive the Rolls in his Santa suit! He also drove both of my kids after their wedding receptions ( not as Santa, of course!). Brian also sold us some awesome tile for our kitchen remodel and it sometimes reminds me of him when in that room. As it was with his brothers, they all died too young. I guess God had a plan and needed him more in Heaven. RIP, Brian Daniels!

  5. Beloved Brian the memories we created during your annual Santa appearance will be greatly missed. You were a true and loving friend, you had that special charisma and brighten the room with your presence. May you Rest in Peace and Perpetual light shine upon you, in Jesus name Amen.

  6. CandleImageI met Brian in the 7th grade and we were best of friends forever. We did a lot together and we both loved boating racing slot cars and motorcycles. We had fun and laughed a lot while going through life. I can’t believe you’re gone! I’ll remember all the good times. RIP my very best friend. I’ll see you later down the road. Love you!

  7. On Sept 1, I prayed with Brian and he accepted Jesus as his Savior. We will see Brian again in eternity. PTL. My life has been made better because I knew Brian. He was such a kind man. All of our grandchildren and some great-grand children knew him as Santa. Brian touched many hearts young and old in his red suit. He didn’t really die, Brian only had an address change. He now resides in heaven. Richard Elkins.

  8. in memory of our beloved Brian,

    You will ALWAYS be remembered by your loving and caring nature. We had a ton of great memories and laughs with you. You are like a brother to us and how can we not remember OUR TEXAN SANTA.

    Tom, Miguel, Tim and YOU always will be our family. We love you dearly.

    Rosa and Jesús.

    Thanks for all the time you spared listening to my crazy thoughts. Thanks for all the love you sent my way. I’m sure we all have a new angel watching upon us all. Your love remains in my heart. Love you!


  9. We loved Brian’s kind and loving heart. He was a such a good man. We are thinking of all of you at this difficult time. You remain in our prayers.

  10. CandleImageLinda and Family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. Brian was kind and gentle soul, and he loved you all so much. I never had the chance to see his Santa in person, but I’ll bet it was amazing. May peace and love be with you all.

  11. CandleImageI miss you grandpa when I see the pretty sky. in the morning on the way to school…I think of you… I hope you’re in no pain and happy with your brothers and mom and dad

    Love,your favorite granddaughter (11)❤️

  12. Dear Linda! My deepest condolences in my dear friend Brian’s passing. He was a great man and friend. I will shears remember him and the good times we had back in the 70’s. May he rest in eternal piece. Will never be forgotten! Rose

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