Daniel Bibel

Daniel B Bibel

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020
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Of Medfield, passed away on February 11, 2020 after a brave battle with pancreatic cancer. Dan was the much beloved husband of Jeanette Ruyle, the son of Leon and Neysa (Vinicor) Bibel, the brother of Elaine Bibel Cater, the devoted father of Malachi, Sarah and Jay, and the proud grandfather of Rowan and Wyatt. His family was Dan’s main joy and priority. While raising his children, he became an active member and lay leader in First Parish Unitarian Universalist in Medfield. History was a strong draw and Dan was very involved in both the Medfield Historical Society and the town Historic Commission.

Born in New Brunswick, New Jersey October 5, 1947, Dan grew up in South Brunswick Township on his parents’ chicken farm. His parents had come to this country as children from Eastern Europe, both their families fleeing anti-Jewish pogroms in the Russian Empire. Dan was not fond of chickens, so went on to study criminal justice at Northeastern University and made a career in that field.

Dan managed the Massachusetts State Police Crime Reporting Unit for 27 years, retiring in 2015. He was primarily responsible for collecting, processing, analyzing and disseminating crime data to the FBI for over 300 state and local police agencies in Massachusetts. His last assignment was with the State Police Commonwealth Fusion Center where his knowledge of crime data was used to examine statewide crime trends. He became a national expert in crime statistics, co-authoring numerous professional publications on crime data and its utility for crime control policy. He was passionate about enhancing the data quality of crime statistics throughout the state and worked tirelessly on improving reporting rates and assisting municipalities with data reporting implementation.
His family deeply thanks the staff of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Hospice Program of the Visiting Nurses Association for the excellent and devoted care they gave to Dan.

DUE TO THE CURRENT SITUATION, the Memorial Service will be postponed. A new Memorial Service we be announced at a later date.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Saturday, April 18th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday, April 18th, 2020 11:00am
    First Parish Unitarian Church
    26 North Street
    MEDFIELD, MA 02052
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  • Interment

    Vine Lake Cemetery
    625 Main St.
    MEDFIELD, MA 02052
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Debra Gursha

Posted at 08:59pm
I recently found out that Dan passed away. Very sad to hear the news. Our children were in class together. Dan, thank you for all of your volunteer efforts in the community. The Gursha Family

Marlene Fabri

Posted at 08:12am
❤ This morning I woke up and the first thing I thought of was Dan and I had no idea he passed. I now he was fighting cancer but I thought he was going good but something told me to check the obituaries and there it was and what a beautiful tribute ❤ I cut Dan's hair for a long time and all we did was talk about family and laugh along he was a great guy and I will miss ower Conversations. RIP DAN🙏

Charles Wason

Posted at 03:53pm
Dan and I traveled across the country chatting with law enforcement agencies about crime reporting. He always wore the same corduroy jack. Over the many months we visited lots of places. Two moments to share Dan smiling with a very angry bear in Alaska. The second is our visit to the Grand Canyon.
I will miss Dan terribly.

John Daigle

Posted at 03:22pm
One of the most genuine and patient people I knew; he really enjoyed helping people and will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers to his family.

John Daigle (SPD)

Carol Fitzgerald

Posted at 11:42am
My deepest condolences and prayers- I had the honor and privilege of working with Dan for the past 20+ years. His dedication and enthusiasm was beyond measure and he will truly be missed by all who crossed paths with him. He was simply a brilliant mind and a kind soul. God bless you.

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