NORTH ANDOVER — Soon after an earthquake devastated Haiti in 2010, Steven M. Daly raised thousands of dollars throughout the Merrimack Valley to help buy shelters for those left homeless in the Caribbean country.
“Steve truly embodied the giving and sacrificing spirit that is Rotary,” Susan Rochwarg, president of the Rotary Club of North Andover, said yesterday in a note she posted on the club’s website, which eulogized Daly as an “exemplary Rotarian.”
Daly, 61, of 162 Bradford St., died after his motorcycle collided head-on with a lumber truck on Route 1A Thursday afternoon in Wenham. Emergency crews took him to Beverly Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The Essex County District Attorney’s Office didn’t identify him as the victim until yesterday.
Carrie Kimball Monahan, spokeswoman for the district attorney, said the driver of the truck, a 60-year-old man from Gloucester, received minor injuries in the crash. Wenham police and state police continue to investigate the accident. No charges have been issued.
Rochwarg noted Daly’s involvement with ShelterBox, an international disaster relief organization that brings emergency shelter and essential equipment to people hit by natural disasters, in her website posting.
Daly and Marblehead Harbor Rotarian Ed Bell were cited as among the top 10 U.S. fundraisers for ShelterBox in 2010 and were credited with raising more than $146,000.
“We’re very proud of the leader he was in the community and within our family,” Brendan Daly said of his father last night. The family gathered with friends in the Daly’s Bradford Street home.
Family members said Daly embraced volunteerism and giving back to his community “with a contagious spirit.”
Daly leaves his wife Anne (Gormley) Daly, sons Brendan and Thomas, and daughter Maura.
Born in Yonkers, N.Y., Daly graduated from Merrimack College in 1974. He taught middle schoolers English in Lawrence and Andover. He was later employed by Eastprint Inc. for 12 years, and more recently worked as a Sales Manager at GGI International.
Family members said he was also heavily involved with other community activities in town, including Acting Out community theater, Trinitarian Neighborhood Theater and the St. Michael’s Parish Music Ministry.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Michael Church, 196 Main St. Calling hours will be Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Conte Funeral Home, 17 Third St.