An owner of the legendary Windsor Terrace watering hole Farrell’s Bar and Grill committed suicide last week — and regulars say they never saw it coming.
Daniel Mills, 67, leapt from the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge on Sunday, stunning drinkers at the Prospect Park West pub, where the Brooklyn native and Staten Island resident was known for his big smile, jovial demeanor and generous buy-backs.
Last week, Mills — known to regulars as Danny — learned that he suffered from a terminal illness, but did not tell friends or customers of the 75-year-old bar, which he had run since 1996 with two business partners.
“He was such a bubbly guy,” said Sean Scaglione, 42, a regular at the bar at the corner of 16th Street, which has long been a hangout for firefighters, cops and other Windsor Terrace residents who love the 32-ounce Styrofoam cups of Bud and Bud Lite.
“He was happy-go-lucky and he always seemed like he was in a good mood — I just can’t fathom how he kept everything under wraps,” Scaglione added.
Farrell’s was closed last Thursday so that all of the barkeeps could attend Mills’s funeral.