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Clarke Daniel, Affable Real Estate Developer, Dies

Timothy R. Smith, who works in Style, is a contributor to the obit page. His obit for Clarke Daniel, a 99-year-old real estate developer, appears today in The Post. Smith writes:

Clarke Daniel, who spent more than 60 years developing real estate in the Washington-area, had an uncanny knack for making and keeping friends.

Mr. Daniel was co-owner of a yacht that often prowled the Caribbean. He invited aboard a gang of friends. They fished, drank and ate. But one friend showed unusual loyalty. Joseph H. Deckman, a former University of Maryland lacrosse All-American, was invited aboard to convalesce after a heart attack. He stayed more than 10 years as the yacht's chef.

Mr. Daniel's generosity extended to Bimini Island in the Bahamas, locale of his compound. He active in supporting the island's schools, especially their arts programs. Mr. Daniel had spent much of his childhood in Paris and studied painting at art schools there.

"With Mr. Daniel's death, Bimini has lost its oldest friend," said Sherrick Ellis, Bimini Island's administrator.

By Adam Bernstein  |  March 21, 2010; 5:24 AM ET
 
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