Charles I. “Chuck” Daniels Jr. ’47, a beverage industry leader, died January 3, 2011 at the age of 83. Daniels, best known for his Marin-based business the House of Daniels Inc., died after a long illness at his San Rafael home. Mr. Daniels was born on Feb. 13, 1926 in San Francisco, but spent most of his life in Marin County. He attended St. Anselm School in San Anselmo, was student body president at the College of Marin and went on to attend Santa Clara University. He served in World War II in the Army Air Corps. When the prohibition on beer ended in 1933, Mr. Daniels’s father moved from San Francisco to Marin and started the Golden Gate Distributing Co. at a small warehouse in San Anselmo. The business grew and he moved his business to San Rafael in the late 1930s. Mr. Daniels eventually took over the company and by 1980 it was a $20 million business that employed 75 people. A year later, most operations were moved to Black Point in Novato, where wines from throughout the world were stored. "I believe we have the finest collection in Northern California," Mr. Daniels told the Independent Journal in 1981 while serving as president and CEO of the House of Daniels Inc. His sales and marketing firm handled wines, distilled spirits, beer and other beverages doing business as Golden Gate Distributing Co., Redwood Vintners, Blackpoint Marketing and Trellis Vineyards. He is survived by his children: Charles I. Daniels III ’78 of Napa, Peter Lund Daniels of San Anselmo, and Jonathan Daniels of Petaluma.


08 Nov 2018