Daniel “Danny” M. Drago, Sr. passed away suddenly February 26, 2021 at the age of 80. Born September 30, 1940 to the late Mariano Drago and Rosemary (nee DeVaney) Drago.
Beloved father of Daniel “Danny” Drago, Jr. (Sally). Loving grandfather of Ryan Drago (Maria), Dominic Drago (Katerina), Sofia, and Sophia. Dear brother of Tommy Drago, Mary Ellen Drago McGauley, Peggy Mazzuca, and Mike Drago.
He is preceded in death by the love of his life Julia A. (nee Bommarito) Drago and brother Jimmy Drago.
Danny proudly served our country in the United States Army. He was a lifelong resident of The Hill neighborhood and would occasionally be seen walking to Bartolino’s, DiGregorio Italian Market, Italia-America Bocce Club or other Hill businesses. Danny had a passion for dogs and enjoyed giving neighborhood dogs treats on his daily walks.
Danny was part of Local 682 and retired from the Teamsters union in 2010. Danny was a member of The Legion Hall, past member of the City Economic Board, 40/8 club, past President of the Italia-America Bocce Club, and founded the Bocce Special Olympics in Fort Leonard Wood, MO.
He had many passions but what was most important to him was the compassion for his family, friends, and Bocce.
In lieu of flowers donations appreciated to Backstoppers.
VISITATION: Tuesday, March 2, 2021 from 12-9 p.m. at Michel Funeral Home 5930 Southwest Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63139.
SERVICES: Wednesday, March 3, 2021 visitation from 11-12 p.m. at St. Ambrose Catholic Church 5130 Wilson Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110 until time of mass at 12 p.m.
Interment Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.
ARRANGMENTS UNDER THE DIRECTION OF MICHEL FUNERAL HOME.
We are truly sorry for your loss. Danny was one of the first members we met at the IABC. His passion for Bocce and the Bocce Club was radiating. We always loved sitting with him, enjoying a glass of red wine and listening to Danny tell us about how the Club came up with all that it has today. He had such a way to make you feel welcomed and proud to be a member. The last 2 years we enjoyed volunteering with Danny at the IABC Golf Tournament. He will be missed and his Legacy will live on through his family for many generations. Diane Callier and Jim Sanders
Danny was the BEST! My brother Glen and I were proud to usher with him for the past 9 years at St. Ambrose Church on THE HILL for the Saturday 5 PM Mass. He always had a story to tell and was a great historian for THE HILL.
We will miss him.
Glen and Dan Schaeffer
Dear Drago Family,
I have known Danny for many years. He was a good
person. He will be missed. In my thoughts and prayers.
Johanna Grimoldi and family.
Danny was a good friend. We had a lot of good times at the Bocce Club. We will miss him.
To the Drago Family,
Please accept our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. We both knew Danny for many years.
Bob and Brenda Gavin
With deepest sympathies the Decker (nee Spinelli) Family.
Our family wishes to express our sincere condolences during this difficult time for the Drago and Bocce families. Danny will be missed by everyone that new him.
Loved to listen to him talk about the old days.