Daniel L. Vail

Daniel L. Vail - Rochester, NY - Rochester Cremation

Rochester, NY:  Daniel L. Vail, 65, passed away peacefully in the early morning, April 6th 2021, surrounded by family.  He is pre-deceased by mother Shirley Pickreign and father Donald Vail.  He is survived by his wife Virginia Wenz-Vail; daughter Amy Wilkinson (Bryant); sons Michael Vail (Cristy), Matthew Vail and Andrew Vail; grandsons Colin Vail, Channing Wilkinson and Grayson Wilkinson; sister Bonnie Roth (Bob); brothers Ronald Vail (Kathy) and Timothy Vail (Nicolette); several nieces and nephews and his beloved “miniature” English Bulldog, Winston.  


He was a proud mechanic and business owner for over 45 years.  He was well known by the South Wedge community and will be greatly missed.  


A memorial gathering will be held during the summer.  Details will be provided by the family at a later date.


In lieu of flowers, the family appreciates contributions to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.  

19 Condolences

  1. Penney Corey on April 7, 2021 at 7:28 pm

    So sorry to hear this. My condolences to the family. Dan it was nice spending some time with you recently. See you on the other side my friend! You will be missed.

    • Ziggy and family on April 8, 2021 at 9:38 pm

      Our heartfelt condolences to the entire family he sure was a special guy and will be greatly missed

    • Micah Sylvester on April 9, 2021 at 10:12 pm

      Oh my gosh. I am soo deeply sorry. My heart goes out to all the family. He was such a wonderful man and taught me so much! I will never forget you Danny! Rest easy

  2. Bonnie Lynn Roth on April 7, 2021 at 7:30 pm

    May all the best memories of Dan bring us comfort during this hard time in our life. The loss of someone dear to us is never easy. He left us too soon and may God have a special place for him to watch over us.

    • Lisa Van Buren on April 8, 2021 at 9:24 am

      Hopefully, you are in a much better place than all of us in this covid-ridden world. So sad that your bulldog is left behind and hoping that he gets much love and support as he will be missing you so much. Prayers for strength for the family and dog you left behind, and again hoping you are in a place as beautifully depicted in the bible! Rest in peace, Dan.

  3. Kathy Butler- Neary on April 7, 2021 at 7:42 pm

    I am so surprised to hear of Danny’s passing. He was way to young to die. Please accept my heartfelt condolences. A unexpected loss is so hard ,you are all in your thoughts and prayers. I will never forget Danny.
    Kathy Butler-Neary

  4. Dina Massaro on April 8, 2021 at 12:15 pm

    Vail , you were my buddy.😔
    You would let me hang out at the shop & watch the cars get worked on.
    You were most honest mechanic I knew.
    You told me the names of all the dogs at the doggie day care below your shop.
    This is all so sad, I was suppose to see you last week at the shop, but couldnt make.
    I wish I did.😔
    Because of you & your love for dogs we rescued two Chihuahuas that needed a home & now live with me.
    Think you!💙
    Thank you for your trust, time & kindness.
    It was really nice getting to know you & your pup.
    My love to your family & pup.
    Thanks for the friendship.

  5. Mike Ringelberg on April 8, 2021 at 12:32 pm

    Dan you will be missed both personally and professionally, You are honest, well humored. and fun loving..

    Mike Ringelberg aka the cut through artist his wife family and Killer.

  6. Jeanie Bayer on April 8, 2021 at 12:44 pm

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Dan was always very helpful to me when I needed my car fixed. He will be missed.. God bless.

  7. Daniel Logan on April 8, 2021 at 1:05 pm

    Dan and Karyl Logan
    Our condolence. He was a great guy!!!

  8. Jim and Pat Lupiani on April 8, 2021 at 1:19 pm

    So sorry to see this. We were sad when he left the wedge and we heard he went to Spencerport.
    Now this is a heartbreaker. Sympathy and prayers to the remaining family.

  9. Kim Cattat-Mayer on April 9, 2021 at 8:18 am

    I am so incredibly heartbroken to hear this. Dan was one of my very favorite people and I always liked joking with him when I saw him. My deepest, sincerest condolences to the entire family. ❤️

  10. Wojtek on April 9, 2021 at 10:26 am

    I feel so sorry that Dan passed away. He was always so upbeat, helpful, and friendly. It felt so good to have him and his folks around in case of trouble. He will be remembered. My sincere sympathy for the surviving family and friends!
    — Wojtek

  11. Trina on April 9, 2021 at 11:15 am

    Heartfelt Condolences to the family. Prayers for strength and comfort to u all. Dan will definitely be missed.

  12. michael dugan on April 9, 2021 at 5:06 pm

    danny was always a great guy and always very helpful to his friends and community he will be sorely missed

  13. John and Gary on April 10, 2021 at 7:40 am

    So sorry for your loss. Our loss really. Danny Vail has taken care of us for nearly30 years. His was part of our Wedge neighborhood and we always told friends how he helped keep us on the road. Our thoughts are with you.

  14. Georgia A Swan on April 10, 2021 at 7:52 am

    I am so sad to read of Danny’s passing. I’ve lived in the wedge since 1992 and he was the gear head I didn’t have in my life…until him! Honest to a fault and always showing me the old part like I knew the difference. I’ll look him up if we drive where he’s at…..I’m still driving the mini….Big hug to the family….the boys…the folks that worked with him. and his dog!

  15. Kristina Bollinger on April 10, 2021 at 5:32 pm

    I am gonna miss our weekly fights about who’s gonna win the race. Reminiscing about all the old races, camping, our pups. You were more than just a customer on the phone, you were a friend. Till we met again…. Race on Dan!!!!

  16. Robin B Centola on April 12, 2021 at 2:01 pm

    My condolences to the Vail family. Dan was a wonderful person and mechanic. He will be missed.

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