Paul H. Animal Danaher, Jr.

March 2, 2012

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Paul H. “Animal” Danaher Jr., a patch holder in the Native Americans Motorcycle Club, died of a heart attack in his sleep February 29.

Animal Danaher had several jobs through the years but he was called, as preachers are called, to run a biker bar.

Animal’s Place

He named his bar “Animal’s Place” and it was across the street from both the police station and the city hall in Waterford, New York. In the early 1980s, when it was still legal for a man to express himself forcefully in America, after a vigorous argument about what was wrong with government, one of Animal’s customers who was too drunk to ride, walked out the front door and emptied his gun into city hall. After that the police station installed bullet proof windows.

The State Liquor Control Board shut down Animal’s Place just before Christmas in 1986. “We got caught with a poker machine,” Danaher told the Albany Times Union. “I guess we’re an example.” At that time in small town New York, many bars had poker machines.

When Animal’s bar shut down, an old time Waterford cop named J. Normand Bedard said, “Everybody has their prejudices. People associate motorcycles with bad guys. It’s not always true.”

After he lost the bar Animal Danaher’s employers included Jack’s Junkyard in Troy, New York and Tracey Freightliner Road Equipment in Albany. Aging men still talk about that bar.

Beloved Man

Paul Danaher is survived by his wife of 30 years, Kat; his daughter Mikayla; his son Garrett; his sister Donna Johnston; his brother David; and his brothers in the Native American Motorcycle Club.

There will be a viewing of his body tonight, March 2 from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the John J. Sanvidge Funeral Home, Inc., 565 Fourth Avenue in Lansingburgh, New York. There will be a funeral Mass tomorrow morning, March 3 at 9 a.m. at St. Augustine’’s Church in Lansingburgh. His club brothers will escort his body to St. John’s Cemetery in Lansingburgh for burial at 10:30 Monday morning.

His wife has asked that mourners make contributions in his name to Toys for Tots instead of spending money on flowers.

Nobody ever had a bad word to say about Paul H. “Animal” Danaher Jr. He deserves to be remembered. He was 58.

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9 Responses to “Paul H. Animal Danaher, Jr.”

  1. Caretaker Says:

    Guess i’m calling out of work on monday. I met him once,he was a good man. Saved my ass when I had bike issues on the highway. I think it’s only right that I go to pay my respects

  2. OneEye Says:

    It’s good to read about a biker as a husband, a father, a man and an enterpreneur, instead of the way the regular media portrays us. My condolences to the Danaher family, the Native Americans M/C and friends. R.I.P.

  3. Caretaker Says:

    R.I.P Animal… I owe you one

  4. KK Says:

    We will be known forever by the tracks we leave. – Dakota



  5. YYZ Skinhead Says:

    I am so sad for his family, his Brothers, and everyone else who loved him. I wish I could have met him. He sounded like one hell of an American.


    YYZ Skinhead

  6. Glenn S. Says:

    Condolances to all who loved him. He sounds like someone who will be missed.

  7. RVN69 Says:

    Condolences to the Family, brothers and friends of Paul H. “Animal” Danaher Jr. May he ride in peace forever.

  8. Oilslick Says:

    Condolences to the family and friends of Paul H. “Animal” Danaher Jr. . Ride with the wind.

  9. 10guage Says:

    May he rest in peace…My condolances to his Brothers, family, and friends

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