Dear friends & supporters of our man Dan,
It’s with the heaviest of hearts I have to tell you that Dan died just before 4pm on Wednesday 23rd November, following a short spell at Katoomba Hospital in Sydney’s Blue Mountains. Although there was a lot of pain involved in his fight against metastasized bowel cancer, when he slipped away it was peaceful and pain-free. His devoted fiancée Jen, his much-loved future sisters-in-law and a few close friends were by his side.
Most of us can only imagine the kind of devastation that comes with losing someone so young in such horrific circumstances, and our heart goes out to Jen, his mum and dad Lynne and Chris, his beloved sister Natalie and the rest of his family back in the UK.
Dan did not lose this fight, it was already lost long before he knew anything about it. But the mind blowing bravery, the meticulous research, the utter dedication, the unwavering positivity, the innovative trouble-shooting, the calm, practical approach to problems which would send the rest of us insane... anyway you look at what happened, you see an outright winner.
On his last morning, when he was sick enough to know he wouldn’t last the day, he got a burst of energy and gathered us around. He said, “Right, I’m not fucking done yet, alright! Now you have got to work together, get me sitting up so I can talk to you.” Although it was a bit too hard to get him sitting up, we did have a good laugh with him about how, in the face of such adversity, he still found time to be a bossy control freak.
And of course he’s totally right, Dan’s not done yet... because a legend like this lives forever.