Daniel "Dan" Hrvatin

  • Born: May 24, 1934
  • Died: May 7, 2020
  • Location: Willoughby Hills, Ohio

Fioritto Funeral Service

5236 Mayfield Rd
Lyndhurst, OH 44124

Tel. (440) 442-5900

Tribute & Message From The Family


Proud & Loving Dad, Son, Brother, Cousin and Friend

Message From The Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to Dan by adding your memories and photos.

"Dan" age 85, of Willoughby Hills, proud and loving father of David (fiancée Natalie Rosmarin), dear brother of Helen, former husband and close friend of the late Marilyn Praznik, son of Joseph and Daniela Hrvatin (both deceased). Dan passed away May 7. He graduated from Collinwood High in 1952 where he was president of his class, vice president of the student council and captain of the track team. Following graduation, he attended Ohio State University and Western Reserve University, majoring in radio and TV speech. He earned his bachelor's degree in 1957 and received a graduate assistantship that provided him an opportunity to direct live instructional telecasts at WEWS, channel 5. After a tour of duty as a volunteer with the U.S. Army, he was hired by KYW-TV (now WKYC), channel 3, and was later promoted to producer-director, news programs and documentaries. In 1961, he was called back into the U.S. Army due to the Berlin Wall crisis and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal. He returned to WKYC in 1962. In 1963, he directed the news bulletin that announced the death of Pres. John F. Kennedy. In 1970, he joined WJW-TV as executive news producer and assistant news director. In this position he produced news specials and programs featuring many distinguished figures. In 1974, he received an Emmy for his work as producer of Northeast Ohio's Best Newscast. He joined Eaton Corporation's world headquarters in 1977 as manager of video production and was responsible for a 140-location worldwide corporate video network. In this capacity, he received a number of awards and nominations from the International TV Association for writing and producing a corporate video news series. In 1983, he joined American Greetings Corporation as department manager of audio visual communications where he led a staff that won numerous awards. He subsequently was promoted to executive producer of multimedia productions. In this role he won a CINDY Award for writing an original song about greeting cards called "Just a Simple Piece of Paper" and turning it into a multi-image presentation for clients. Dan was certified an Accredited Media Manager by the Communications Media Managers Association, an international professional group. He retired in 1999, volunteered at University School and sang with the choir at St. Paschal Baylon Church in Highland Heights. In 2014, he was inducted into Collinwood's Hall of Fame. Dan will be missed by his many close friends and relatives, all of whom he loved and cherished. In lieu of flowers, his family would appreciate a gift "In Memory of Daniel J. Hrvatin" to Saint Paschal Baylon Catholic Church, 5384 Wilson Mills Road, Highland Heights, OH 44143. No services are planned at this time. This obituary was executive-produced by Dan with contributions by David.

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Condolence & Memory Journal

My favorite cautionary advice from Dan:
"You make one fatal mistake. You apply common sense.
A corporation does not operate on common sense."

Posted by Ron Day - Coworker   October 17, 2020

Dan was one of the good ones and was so very sorry and saddened to hear of his passing...My deepest sympathies to the family

Posted by Dave Paul - Friend   June 06, 2020

May God Bless a lovely man!

Posted by Bob Passaro - Litchfield Park, AZ - Acquaintance   May 27, 2020

Dan , we will always miss your beautiful voice and your warm smile, sing from the heavens above!!! Your singing friend in choir , Patty

Posted by Patty Catanese - Friend   May 19, 2020

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Posted by Elaine Mersol - Chesterland, OH - Family Friend   May 17, 2020

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Dan was a good man and a great friend. We were classmates at CHS and running mates on the track team. Sorry to hear of his death.Our paths crossed several times during our professions----I was a long time newspaper reporter. Take the baton, Dan in your final run.

Posted by Wally Guenther - Willoughby Hills, OH - Friend   May 10, 2020

Dan is singing with the angels now. So sorry for your loss.

Posted by Nancy Trenton - Mentor, OH - Friend   May 10, 2020

Dan is singing with the angels now. So sorry for your loss.

Posted by Nancy Trenton - Friend   May 10, 2020

Dan is singing with the angels now. So sorry for your loss. Nancy Trenton.

Posted by Nancy Trenton - Friend   May 10, 2020

To the family of Dan Hrvatin: I had to share the wonderful memories I have of Dan. Our parents were friends way back when they owned Dana's Cafe. Dan and I were in a musical at O.H.Perry called Fiesta, Fiesta. I saw him daily on the bus as we went to high school always smiling and joking around and in Slovenian. My condolences to all of you, it is a great loss to all of us. May God hold you up in His loving arms to carry you through this difficult time. Sincerely, Alma (Siskovic) Babuder

Posted by Alma Babuder - Friend   May 09, 2020


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