Unfortunately, we had some very sad news on the 7th April, as we found out that one of our friends had passed away. Today was his funeral, so as a mark of respect I thought it would be nice to dedicate this blog post to him.
Dan was the most intelligent man I have ever, ever met. He knew everything about everything and could reel off names, dates, times etc. in almost every topic you could think of. He was wonderful to have on our team when we entered the quiz nights at the Primary School that our daughters all went to.
Dan was a talented writer and in 2009 Dan had his first book published ‘Big And Clever’ which was actually shortlisted for the Bradford Boase Award for first young adult novels. It only seems like yesterday that we were invited to his first book launch.
His second book was published in 2011, called ‘Out Of Towners’. I remember him and his wife Carey, spending such a long time making sure the cover photo for his book was just right. They eventually picked the ‘Eastbourne Pier’, as Eastbourne was one of the places he loved the most. In fact I remember we all spent a lovely day at Eastbourne with Dan and his family a couple of years ago.
Dan used to go into schools to talk about his books and was popular with teenage boys, who identified with the characters that he wrote about.
He also wrote a book called ‘Seconds Out’ and then unsurprisingly contributed to a four-author anthology with Alan Gibbons.
Dan had the world at his fingers tips, but he just couldn’t see it and unfortunately his friends and family know the outcome of this.
One of the last things he wrote was:
“I was fleetingly brilliant at lots of things, but couldn’t sustain any of them”
You will sadly be missed Dan.