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Dan Giro, 1942 - 2021
A man of many firsts
January 19, 2021

Obituary and life story submitted by the family

etired Officer Daniel Louis Giro, 78, of Oriental NC passed away January 9, 2021.

Dan Giro was born in Framingham, Massachusetts on November 1, 1942. Dan served in the US Air Force from 1965 – 1967, before joining the Framingham Police Department. During that time, he graduated from Massachusetts Bay Community College (MassBay) in 1983 with an Associate’s Degree in Science. After 31 years with the police department, Dan retired, having proudly served as the first black police officer, the first mounted officer, and the first black motorcycle officer in Framingham, Massachusetts.

A woman stands in the doorway of a hut made of clay. Smiling, she holds the hand of a man kneeling by the doorway. He is also smiling. Both are Black.
Dan with his mother-in-law, visiting a village in Kenya.

Afterwards, Dan continued to serve his hometown community of Framingham. He received a leadership award for the prevention of drug and alcohol abuse, an EMS (Emergency Medical Services) certification, and served as a Royal Rangers Commander.

A Black man sits at a dinner table with a birthday cake in front of him. He's laughing and the candles have all been blown out.
Dan, having just blown out the candles on his birthday cake.

Upon retirement in 1999, he became the director of the Pelham, MA Recreational Center. He ran the after school program for 10 years before moving to North Carolina in 2008.

Dan and his wife Florence joined Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Arapaho, NC where he served as a Deacon from 2011 – 2020. Dan and Flo later joined Motion Church where they were members until Dan’s death. Dan also served as the president of the Oriental Rotary Club from 2019 – 2020.

Three people stand in front of a painting of ships in a harbor. The man at the far left is White and he stands, smiling at a podium. The smiling man in the middle is Black and he holds up a pin to the camera. At right is a White woman who stands sideways to the camera, gesturing to the man at the podium.
Dan receiving his lapel pin after being appointed President of the Oriental Rotary Club in 2019.

He is survived by his loving wife, Florence Giro, his sister Alice Giro, 10 children – Dan Jr, Craig, Michelle, Paul, Joshua David, Noval, Siimoi, Rachel and Lemaiyan, 25 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren.

Dan’s funeral service is 11a Wednesday, January 27, 2021, at Oscars Mortuary Inc in New Bern. Burial to follow at the Coastal Carolina Veteran’s Cemetery, with US Air Force honors in Jacksonville, NC.

A Black man in a white baseball cap sits on the rail of a powerboat, fishing. His back and left side are
 to the camera and he smiles over his shoulder. Water and a peninsula are in the background.
Dan enjoying his boat on the Neuse River.

Posted Tuesday January 19, 2021 by Allison DeWeese

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