ROCKFORD (WREX) — The Stateline said goodbye to a man who worked to keep people safe for over two decades.
Daniel Daly passed away on Monday after a battle with COVID-19 at the age of 48. He worked with several security companies along with both the Rockton and Beloit Police Departments.
One of his security jobs included the BMO Harris Bank Center where his coworker Randy Smith says he always had everyone’s back, even if it cost him a few pairs of glasses.
“He was always one to get into a lot of scrapes,” Smith said. “Over the years he had his glasses broken several times, but he was never afraid to get into anything. We’ve worked a lot of outside jobs together over the years and he was a really good guy.”
Jim Wilcox also worked several years with Daly, and says his best qualities were apparent both on and off the job.
“He was a go-getter,” Wilcox said. “He was dependable and you could always count on him.”
Despite years of working security together, Wilcox’s favorite memory of Daly was far away from work celebrating a birthday with lots of food.
“Texas de Brazil is a restaurant in the Woodfield Mall and him an I had birthdays in April and July and we were in the birthday club so we’d go in there and set records for ourselves,” Wilcox said. “Last time we went there in July we ate meat for two hours and 20 minutes.”
Daly worked with the Beloit Police Department for 24 years before he passed away.
The family has not announced plans for his visitation or funeral.
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William Ingalls is the Investigative Reporter at WREX. He joined the team in 2019 as a photographer after graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and English from Augustana College. William was born and raised in Rockford.
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