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Woodlawn Reformed Church, Schenectady, NY
Saturday April 6th, 2013
11:00am

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Dan Lail

Dan M. Lail, 65, of Schenectady, died March 22 after a brief illness. Mr. Lail was born on April 7, 1947, in Richmond, Va. He is survived by his wife, Martha; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Wayne and Molly Tillison of Ogdensburg, NJ; daughters Kari Ann Smith (Paul) of Ocala, FL, and Christy Lynn McNeil of Flagler Beach, FL; stepsons, Michael LaBarr (Amy) of Hillsborough, NC, and William LaBarr of St. Cloud, FL (Joann); grandchildren: Tyler and Abigail LaBarr, Kaitlyn and Alexander LaBarr, and Reece and Abigail Bubnow; cousins: Paul Miles (Lillian), Jim Miles (Lola), Gerri Miles, David Miles (Sharon), Donna Speck (Gary), and Wayne Miles; aunt, Dorothy Miles; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Muriel Hill; stepfather, Henry Hill; sister, Robin Hill; and cousin, Gary Miles. Mr. Lail graduated from Guilderland High School, Guilderland, NY, in 1966. He worked as a truck driver for most of his life. He also served in the United States Air Force from 1966-1970. A passionate musician, Mr. Lail was named an honorary inductee into the New York State Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001. Most recently, Lail was a bass player in the 80s Southern rock band Karner Blue. A memorial service will be held for Mr. Lail at 11 a.m. on April 6, at Woodlawn Reformed Church, 1858 State St., Schenectady, NY. The service will be officiated by Rev. Paul Ferenczy, Mr. Lail’s brother-in-law, and Woodlawn’s pastor, Derek DeJager.


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OH, AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD! YOU ROCK SO HARD YOU BRING TH HOUSE DOWN..........i guess you coud bring the roof down on us i just hope everyones asked for salation, and then we can rock the whole world!!! I love you dad!

Christy Lail-McNeil Apr 7 2013 12:00 AM

Daddy, this is pretty cool. I just found it & not like I'm surprised, but you have alot of people who cared about you. Dad, I am so sorry I didn't call the Tuesday before you died. RV season was kickin my butt and I was just felling like a train hit me. I do not belive it to be an excuse tho, cuz grandma, the last time I'd talked to her I'd have to tlalk for a while so she could get her breath back!!! Geez daddy, I was looking foreward to coming up to see you this summer and to show you what I had learned, and jam with you as loud as we could! Daddy, I wish you were here to talk to you about this situation I have, its really bad, its like a hole in my heart and i dont know how to fill it.......you were always there to love me and listen to me and laugh with me. Im so sorry I didnt understand dialisis, or i woulda made it up there sooner. I need your help daddy, i cant take living life with out you, it's just not the same. And the customers dont understand why I'm balling my eyes out cleaning thier rv, and garretts yelling at me for getting water drips on the wax.......I feel like Im losing it without you. I want to know how you handled it when Grandma died because she was my sister and I dont think I talked to anyone other than mom & Lee for likr 4 or 5 months....Remember the joke I played on you on my 17th bithday with the snake, I love you, but even you admitted I got ya good, or red meand go while you were sleeping in the van on the way home from a jig when you lived in Fonda/Fultonville?! Or grandma blowing the back door off cuz grandpa was smart enough to close it! Dad, these are the things I'm gonna miss your smile, your laugh, the beautiful music you played ( i Guess playing at a ceremony is outta the question now). The big hugs you gave and didnt let go so I would know you'd cared & to make sure I knew you were there for me. There's so much more that I'm leaving out because I'm a mess daddy you were a senere, genuine, hoonest, no bullcrap, kind guy, I looked up to you and just wanted to make you proud above and beyond our difference when I was a crazy indian child. You allowed me that, but I wasn't done yet,perhaps there is divine help in th e future I'll need, and i know you, grandma, ans mac will all be there and then you can be able to say, as you said the last time we talked, "See that beautiful young woman there, see what she's been through, and made it back from? Look at her now.....guess who that is, with grandma right behind you daddy, you and grandma in unisonwill say, "Tht's my Chris" Martha, you are in my paryers, i sent debbie a voicemail for her, I love that woman for making my daddy happy, and that 's what mattered. All our differences aside (there Are none at this point on my end). I love you Marti, and I appreciate all that your doing for Kari and I. You have plenty on your plate. If you need to cry or for someone to just listen tha knows nothig about nothingmy phone is walways open to you. You are a part of my familly, dont feel alone, and if you chose to I'll be waiting by the phone and will be with you soon after the 12th of April. Peace be with all of you who knew my dad. He was a great man, mad or not :) And I'll end with this, I can't act, as i see all the people do the hustle and butsle of thier day, act like the world hasn't lost a WONDERFUL man, because we whave, we all have, friends, family, aquiantences, all of it everybody - everyone who had the blessin of his handhacke or his hug or to look into his big kind, brown eyes, we've all lost out. And the acustic guitar Marti is to give me, I will teach myself, just like he did, and on Tuesdays instead of being a backetcase of tears and grief, and sasdness because my best friends gone, I'll be at the beach, with a surfboard ( i din't know if my of you knew but my dad enjoyed surfing) writing some songs, learning those tunes, singing them to Him and my family in heaven, and to top it all off watch the sunset from the ocean......thinking of you, i love you, i know you will be always with me<3<3<3

Christy Lail-McNeil Apr 7 2013 12:00 AM

Daddy, this is pretty cool. I just found it & not like I'm surprised, but you have alot of people who cared about you. Dad, I am so sorry I didn't call the Tuesday before you died. RV season was kickin my butt and I was just felling like a train hit me. I do not belive it to be an excuse tho, cuz grandma, the last time I'd talked to her I'd have to tlalk for a while so she could get her breath back!!! Geez daddy, I was looking foreward to coming up to see you this summer and to show you what I had learned, and jam with you as loud as we could! Daddy, I wish you were here to talk to you about this situation I have, its really bad, its like a hole in my heart and i dont know how to fill it.......you were always there to love me and listen to me and laugh with me. Im so sorry I didnt understand dialisis, or i woulda made it up there sooner. I need your help daddy, i cant take living life with out you, it's just not the same. And the customers dont understand why I'm balling my eyes out cleaning thier rv, and garretts yelling at me for getting water drips on the wax.......I feel like Im losing it without you. I want to know how you handled it when Grandma died because she was my sister and I dont think I talked to anyone other than mom & Lee for likr 4 or 5 months....Remember the joke I played on you on my 17th bithday with the snake, I love you, but even you admitted I got ya good, or red meand go while you were sleeping in the van on the way home from a jig when you lived in Fonda/Fultonville?! Or grandma blowing the back door off cuz grandpa was smart enough to close it! Dad, these are the things I'm gonna miss your smile, your laugh, the beautiful music you played ( i Guess playing at a ceremony is outta the question now). The big hugs you gave and didnt let go so I would know you'd cared & to make sure I knew you were there for me. There's so much more that I'm leaving out because I'm a mess daddy you were a senere, genuine, hoonest, no bullcrap, kind guy, I looked up to you and just wanted to make you proud above and beyond our difference when I was a crazy indian child. You allowed me that, but I wasn't done yet,perhaps there is divine help in th e future I'll need, and i know you, grandma, ans mac will all be there and then you can be able to say, as you said the last time we talked, "See that beautiful young woman there, see what she's been through, and made it back from? Look at her now.....guess who that is, with grandma right behind you daddy, you and grandma in unisonwill say, "Tht's my Chris" Martha, you are in my paryers, i sent debbie a voicemail for her, I love that woman for making my daddy happy, and that 's what mattered. All our differences aside (there Are none at this point on my end). I love you Marti, and I appreciate all that your doing for Kari and I. You have plenty on your plate. If you need to cry or for someone to just listen tha knows nothig about nothingmy phone is walways open to you. You are a part of my familly, dont feel alone, and if you chose to I'll be waiting by the phone and will be with you soon after the 12th of April. Peace be with all of you who knew my dad. He was a great man, mad or not :) And I'll end with this, I can't act, as i see all the people do the hustle and butsle of thier day, act like the world hasn't lost a WONDERFUL man, because we whave, we all have, friends, family, aquiantences, all of it everybody - everyone who had the blessin of his handhacke or his hug or to look into his big kind, brown eyes, we've all lost out. And the acustic guitar Marti is to give me, I will teach myself, just like he did, and on Tuesdays instead of being a backetcase of tears and grief, and sasdness because my best friends gone, I'll be at the beach, with a surfboard ( i din't know if my of you knew but my dad enjoyed surfing) writing some songs, learning those tunes, singing them to Him and my family in heaven, and to top it all off watch the sunset from the ocean......thinking of you, i love you, i know you will be always with me<3<3<3

Christy Lail-McNeil Apr 7 2013 12:00 AM

You were an enjoyable neighbor Dan. We'll miss you.

Tom & Sheila Carr Apr 5 2013 12:00 AM

I knew Dan from Woodlawn Reformed. He always greeted me enthusiastically with a smile and a handshake. He was truly one of a kind and will be missed.

Amy McGill Mar 28 2013 12:00 AM

Dan was such a vibrant personality. He LOVED Music and was so excited about the band and it's future. He and Marti were always good to me and I enjoyed the times we spent together. I will miss Dan's laugh and smile. Rest in Peace now Dan.

Debbie Rust Mar 27 2013 12:00 AM

We've only known Dan 6 years through Woodlawn Reformed Church, but we loved him and we miss him. We know he is healed now and in the arms of Jesus. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Martha and the rest of the family. See you at the Memorial Service.

Carol & Bill Viscusi Mar 27 2013 12:00 AM

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