67-year-old Daniel Mills took his own life Sunday by jumping off the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in New York City, a bridge which he once helped build as an ironworker during the 1960s. Late last week, he was told by doctors that he was terminally ill.
Mills, the owner of Farrell's Bar and Grill in Brooklyn, never told anyone in his family about the grim prognosis. Wife Maureen, 43, said: "He was in a lot of pain. He thought he was doing right by us."
Firefighters, cops and journalists alike poured into his establishment to note his passing. His sharp wit and exuberant persona "made everyone feel special. He could light up a room. He could make a party come alive," said his son Daniel.