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895 Route 82
P.O. Box A
Hopewell Junction, NY 12533
Phone: 845-221-2000
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Daniel Raphael

Daniel Robert "D-raph" Raphael

August 15, 1989 - December 24, 2020
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BEEKMAN – Heaven gained another angel, Daniel Robert Raphael (D-raph), 31, died on December 24, 2020.

Born in Mount Kisco on August 15, 1989, he was the son of Theresa “Terri” Blazek Raphael and the late Robert J. Raphael Jr. Dan attended Arlington High School where he was a member of the Arlington Hockey Club. He was an avid fan of the New York Rangers, Jets and Yankees. Dan always liked to dress nicely. He had a heart gold, was loved and will be missed by everyone.

“The chains that bind you are too light to feel, until they are too heavy to break off.”

Addiction is a disease, not a choice. It changes the brain structure and happens when substance use crosses the line between pleasure and compulsion. It is a physical, mental, and spiritual condition. It is the only prison where the key is on the inside.

Dan has struggled with a six year battle with addiction and lost his fight.

In addition to his father who died in 2004, Dan was also predeceased by his grandmother, Sylvia Raphael, who died in 1999; his grandfather, Andrew Blazek Jr., who died in 2009; and his uncle, Michael Patrick Leigh, who died in 2017.

Dan is survived by his mother, Terri Raphael, of Poughquag; his sister, Katrina Raphael of Poughquag; his grandmother, Beth Blazek of Boynton Beach, FL; his grandfather, Robert Raphael of Yorktown; his great-grandmother, Helen Innocenti of Singer Island, FL; his aunts and uncles, Beth Leigh, Diane and Joe Shubert, Andrew and Lila Blazek, Kevin and Amy Raphael, Bryan Raphael, Lee and Bob Ginabbi, Marilyn and Roger Rooney, Lisa Bailey; his cousins, Michael, Marissa and Christopher Leigh, Joseph and Thomas Shubert, Tyler Blazek, Zachary and Amanda Raphael, Steven and Christopher Erker; and Lydia Sweet.

Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, January 5, from 4-8pm at the McHoul Funeral Home, Inc., 895 Route 82, Hopewell Junction. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Wednesday, January 6 at 10am at St. Denis Church, 602 Beekman Road, Hopewell Junction.

Memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice that works to help people overcome addiction. Please visit Dan’s Book of memories at

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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    McHoul Funeral Home, Inc.
    895 Route 82
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  • Service

    Wednesday, January 6, 2021 | 10:00am
    Wednesday, January 6, 2021 10:00am
    St. Denis Church
    602 Beekman Road
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Jena Quadland

Posted at 06:02pm
My deepest condolences to you, Kat and the rest of the family.

Danny was a kind person with a heart gold. Always making people around him laugh and feel better. Every fun or crazy story from my youth he was somehow apart of. He was more like a brother than a friend growing up and always affectionately referred to me a “sis”.

I’m so sorry that you struggled for so many years Dan. I know that you’re in a place where you’re no longer hurting. I’ll forever cherish the wonderful memories we have.

Love ya buddy,

Jena Kuhl Quadland

Jeannie flirie

Posted at 12:26pm
You were ALWAYS my favorite hockey player. Anytime I went to watch you, I always came home with a puck you flipped to me in the stands. Your heart was golden and your smile was contagious. So sorry you suffered these past few years!!!
My you rest in eternal peace .
Love , Jeannie Florie

Thomas Michael Leigh

Posted at 10:48pm
Daniel, You were a teammate, a brother, a son, a cousin, a nephew, a grandson, and a great-grandson. Through the Blazek, Leigh, Shubert and Raphael family, you had international relatives (Tomas), Uncles and Aunts and their sons and daughters, your cousins. You and your family became a branch on my Leigh family tree on You were part of a gang of brothers that included Michael Leigh and Matt Chase; but you were an rare individual character yourself. At a family party when you were younger, you and Michael were running around the Blazek yard and pool area and you quipped to me "I lost my mind, and Michael and I are looking for it"; we all broke up laughing. - Uncle Tommy Leigh.

Stefan Guzewicz & the Simons

Posted at 07:03pm
You were a great teammate and you will be missed.
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Donna Ryan-Rosw

Posted at 04:13pm
My condolences to you, Katrina, the rest of Danny's family and his friends.
When my husband passed away, I received a card that said, "God gave us memories that we might have roses in December." I am sure that you have an entire bouquet of roses from your time with Danny. I hope these memories provide comfort and strength to you as you face this loss.
My deepest sympathy,
Donna Ryan-Rose

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