By John Fitts
“I thank my crew. I thank my customers. I thank my family most of all.”
Those words were recently expressed by the late Daniel John Carcio, who, after a bought with cancer, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, some 37 years after he opened Canton Village Exxon on Route 44. Prior to closing late last year, the gas and service station had been one of the town’s most enduring businesses.
Carcio lived in Avon with his wife Lynn and their two children Anthony (A.J.), Angela. He also had a son, Christopher.
“My favorite hobby was my family,” Carcio told Canton Compass during an interview shortly before his death. More than anything he said he wanted to thank Lynn and his family for taking care of him as well as his employees and long-time customers for their support and continued well wishes.
One of Carcio’s favorite family activities was boating on Long Island Sound and elsewhere.
Carcio also loved the New York Giants and spent more than 15 years as Sunday School superintendent at West Avon Congregational Church.
“I loved those kids at school,” he said.
In Canton, of course, most knew Carcio as the man at the helm of his business, which operated as Canton Village Exxon for 28 years, before it became Canton Village Sunoco and eventually, Canton Village Gulf. But for many, it was always known as Exxon, or simply “Danny’s.”
During his time there, he became known for his customer service, willingness to fit people into his busy schedule, offering advice, safety checking cars for customers, supporting youth sports teams and more.
Linda Driggs of Canton said she and her husband were customers from the beginning. Carcio would always take time when an issue came up, no matter what his work load.
“Danny always made sure I was safe,” she said. “He was never too busy to help.”
Carcio expected honesty and hard work from his employees but he was fair and led by example, said Nate Taylor, who spent 13 years working at the station.
“Dan had high standards,” Taylor said. “It was quality work and honesty.” … Continue Reading