Reginal J. Daniels II (Courtesy Photo)
Reginald James Daniels II (Reggie), passed away on January 6th, 2021 at the age of 75 after a valiant battle with cancer in Ormond Beach, FL where he resided for the past 12 years. His wife and grandson, Honovi, were at his bedside. His daughters, and other family and friends were present during a prayer session and throughout Reggie’s last week of life.
He is survived by his spouse Bobbi Daniels of 26 years and two daughters, Emily Mace and Piper-Leigh Daniels; sisters Judy and Freda Daniels; along with, his 3 step children Nicholas, Marc, and Jena Rathell. His Grandchildren include: Honovi Trudell; Vivienne and Vera Mace; Eric, Emma, and Sawyer Rathell; and, Ariana and Kristanna Day. Karen Bowie KinKead, a close cousin, is also among Reggie’s surviving family members.
Reggie was born on September 9, 1945 to Rev. Reginald J Daniels I and Marguerite Younger Daniels in Baltimore MD. His father, Rev. Reginald J. Daniels was the pastor of The Madison Avenue Presbyterian church, a continuing and historic icon in the Baltimore African American community. After graduating from City College in 1963, he served as a Medic in the Army Reserves. He attended Morgan State College in 1968, the MD Institute College of Art from1971 to 1972, and the Kodak Marketing Education Center in 1975. Shortly thereafter Reggie taught a photography/film course at Antioch University (the predecessor institution to the Sojourner Douglas College).
From 1969 to 1981 Reggie worked for WMAR TV in Baltimore MD as Director of Commercial Productions, Cinematographer/Videographer, Lighting Director, and Editor for National and local programming. From 1981 to 1983 Reggie worked with Abell Communications and traveled around the world for Jack Anderson Confidential. He survived numerous bombing and fighting episodes in the DMZ Zone in Lebanon, where his assignments included his filming an interview with Yassar Arafat in 1982.
From 1985 to 1996, Reggie served as the president of his company Piper Productions, Inc which specialized in commercials, corporate, music videos, and feature films.. During this period he received numerous Telly and Addy Awards for his production and directorial work on various projects which included: commercial sales; Muhammad Ali Sportswear, Entertainment The Bottom Line music video, Directing Baltimore Best commercials; Big Foods, and Georges Big and Tall Men’s Shop. Reggie also received a N.Y. International Film Festival Award for the Crosby Bermuda Run and an Addy Award from The Advertising Club of Metropolitan Washington.
In 1998 Reggie returned to WMAR TV in Baltimore MD until his retirement in 2008. During that period he received numerous awards which included:
In 2000-The Videographer Award of Excellence
In 2002-The ALPHA Award for Best TV Station ID;and
;, In 2007-The National Capital Chesapeake Bay Emmy as Director of Photography for WMAR Good Morning Maryland.
Reggie’s co-workers describe him as hardworking, creative, and focused. He was a gifted mentor and respected teacher, who helped break barriers for those entering into the many photographic and video graphic fields he specialized.
His friends describe him as kind, thoughtful, humorous, creative, and someone who always had a smile. He loved his family, friends, and all animals. His hobbies included horse-back riding, spending days at the beach, boating and fishing. He was also an avid music fan-particularly of modern jazz, and a dedicated, loving husband to his wife, Bobbi, who met him more than 41 years ago in Annapolis MD.
Reggie’s life was well lived and filled with excitement and adventure. He will be missed but his spirit remains in the hearts of all those who knew him.
A memorial service for Reggie is being planned. Notice of such will be timely communicated.