Daniel Langley

October 23, 1974 - October 5, 2019
Daniel Langley

Our warrior, Daniel Langley passed away on October 5, 2019 from Gliosarcoma, a brain tumor nicknamed the Beast.  He fought the Beast for 16 months with everything he had. He died as he lived, surrounded by his family.

Daniel was born on October 23, 1974 in Hinsdale, Il and moved to Wilmington, NC at the age of 1. 

Daniel and Jennifer met in college in 1997, married three years later and went on to have one child; Tyler.  Daniel found his true calling when he became a father. His entire family benefited from his boundless love, endless patience, and energy for them.  Daniel, Jennifer and Tyler went on many adventures camping throughout NC, GA, SC and FL and traveled around the Carribean as well. He taught, guided, and showed those around him by his own example how to; navigate through the world, treat those around him with kindness and respect, live with a strong moral code, find humor in everyday life, and catch the big one, whether it was a fish or a wave.

Daniel was such a multi-faceted guy.  He was interested in all sorts of things like science, music, woodworking, mechanics, and electronics.  His two biggest loves outside of his family were fishing and surfing. He used these as an excuse to travel the world as well.  

Daniel worked for many years as an engineering technician at Corning Incorporated.  The Beast shut that down for him far too soon and he tried very hard to get well enough and strong enough to get back to it.

Daniel leaves behind his wife Jennifer; his much loved son Tyler; his parents Bennett and Cheryl Langley and Loren and Diane Jessee,  grandmother Hilda Langley, sister Michelle Browning (Chris Stenger), brothers David (Tammie Matheney), Richard (Samara), father in-law Ray McDowell, sibs in-law Missy and William Wright, nephews Stephen and Matthew Langley, Grainger and Josh Wright and nieces Madison and Claire Browning, Lauren Wright, Lauren Langley and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins, special friends Ben and Wendy Bowie and his beloved lab Luna.

Daniel was preceded in death by his grandfather Preston Langley, grandparents Karen and Walter Frye, mother in-law Sharon McDowell and brother Michael.

To honor Daniel’s legacy and memory; reach out to help someone, treat those around you with humanity, dignity, and humor, catch that big wave, or take the time to go fishing. In that way, he will live on forever.  Daniel will stay in our hearts forever fishing, forever smiling, forever laughing, forever missed.

Join us for a celebration of life pig pickin on Sun Oct 13th from 2-5 at Marker 137 (175 Whippoorwill Lane, Wilmington, NC 28409).  We ask that you bring stories to share and your favorite beverage to raise a glass for Daniel. 

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation 1535 S. 41st Street Wilmington NC 28403


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  • October 08, 2019
    Carla E Crane says:
    Jennifer I want you to know, if you need anything, anything, let me know.

  • October 08, 2019
    Judy and Brandon Walters says:
    Those we hold closest to our hearts never truly leave us. They live on in the kindness and love they have shared and brought into so many lives. Daniel was truly full of kindness and love and his smile resonated this out into the world.

  • October 08, 2019
    Jamie Brittain says:
    Daniel was always smiling and making people around him feel at ease. I loved working with Daniel. I am a better person for having known him!

  • October 09, 2019
    Linda Piasio says:
    Daniel will be missed in the Corning plant for sure. I never saw him without that beautiful. uplifting smile...even when he returned for that short period and was telling me how much he was struggling, he was still smiling. He was one of my favorite people in the Corning family. I will be praying for comfort for the whole family.

  • October 12, 2019
    Terry Walsak says:
    I always thought very highly of Daniel. We worked at least 3 jobs together from 16 to early 20s. He was always a super great guy, and I can't stress enough how much respect I had for him. He married a great woman and unfortunately I moved his away. Only got to meet Tyler once or twice. We had a lot of good times years ago. Jennifer and Tyler, my condolences. I pray you both are consoled in the fact his good deeds and name live on as long as we all do. My family sends our love and condolences.