In 1952, he began working as a motorcycle officer for the Philadelphia Police Highway Patrol. "He was always really proud of the time he spent as a motorcycle policeman," said his son Daniel L. Daddario of Alexandria, Va.
"He always seemed to have a passion for police and was known as 'Dan the Cop' " in the neighborhood, his son said. "He loved working in the neighborhoods. He was a calm and gentle cop who could cool people down - whether in the neighborhood or in his own family."
Mr. Daddario spent most of his years with the city police in the radio room and also served as an all-around assistant and sometime chauffeur to former police commissioners Howard Leary and Frank L. Rizzo. In 1971, he received a disabilty pension.
After retiring from the police force, Mr. Daddario became the security chief for the Food Distribution Center at Seventh Street and Packer Avenue, and then worked in security for the Department of Defense, first at the Philadelphia Navy Base and then at the Defense Personnel Support Center until retiring in 1988.
He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 in Philadelphia.
In addition to his son and daughter, Mr. Daddario is survived by his wife of 44 years, Anna C. Digneo Daddario; two granddaughters; two brothers, Frank of Blackwood and Fred of Upper Darby, Pa.; and a sister, Theresa DeSipo of Philadelphia.
Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today and 8:30 a.m. tomorrow at the Gardner Funeral Home, 126 S. Black Horse Pike, Runnemede. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. tomorrow in St. Teresa's Roman Catholic Church, Black Horse Pike and Evesham Road, Runnemede. Entombment will be in New St. Mary's Mausoleum in Bellmawr.