Inventive trucker was devoted to family, customers
Daniel Haddad was a professional truck driver who understood the problems connected with transporting perishable items.
"My brother devised the DAH Temporary Bulkhead, a device that will cool half a load or an entire load in the bed of a truck," said his brother, John Haddad of Munhall.
"Being able to safely transport large or small loads of perishable items is important to all truckers, especially those who deal in produce," his brother said.
Daniel A. Haddad of the South Side, formerly of Munhall, owner and operator of DAH Trucking, died of cardiac problems on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, in UPMC Mercy in Oakland. He was 58.
John Haddad recalled how his brother, while still in school, became interested in tinkering with mechanical toys.
"To keep Dan busy as a kid, my parents gave him a copy of Popular Mechanics that described the process of putting together a miniature submarine.
"Dan not only put one together, but he also made it big enough to climb in. My parents stopped him from taking it down to the Mon river and trying it out," his brother said.
Born and raised in Homestead, Daniel Haddad was one of nine children in the family of steelworker Henry Haddad and his wife, Dolores Waldo Haddad.
In 1971, after graduating from Munhall High School, Mr. Haddad, like his father, began working in the Homestead Works of U.S. Steel, to help his large family.
"My brother was the kind of man who was always concerned about the welfare of his family," said John Haddad. "When our grandfather Waldo died, my brother was there for our grandmother. He looked after her and cared for her."
When the steel mills went down and the layoffs began, Mr. Haddad began driving for Pirollo Transport, before going into business for himself in the last 10 years.
"During his career, Dan serviced local customers, but he also had a Pittsburgh to Chicago route for over 20 years," his brother said. "He never complained about the time he spent on the road or the layovers.
"And one of the reasons my brother's customers liked him and trusted him was his work ethic, his punctuality and his pleasant demeanor.
His demeanor and his generosity endeared him to a legion of nieces and nephews, his brother added.
"When the Haddad family gathered for Christmas, there was a roomful of presents for the youngsters," John Haddad said.
In addition to his brother, John, Mr. Haddad is survived by his siblings, Marlene Strang of Baltimore, Robert of Homestead, and Darlene Halicki, Henry, Rachel Playso, Chris Scanlon and Pam Haddad, all of Munhall.
Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn Funeral Home Inc., 3501 Main St., Munhall, where a funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday.
Interment in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills.