He was a selfless man. With the suppoft from his wife-to-be, he volunteered much of his time with youth organizations, such as the Blue Saints Drum Corps, and countless other music programs. He was between jobs as an occassional music teacher, and was eager to land a full-time post soon.
Schools he worked at all across Southern Ontario and Ottawa have expressed their condolances from staff and students. My brother left a mark on everyone he met and was a remarkable music educator who left a lasting impression. A group called 416 Beats, who performs for the Toronto Argonauts dedicated one of their performances to him shortly after hearing of his untimely death.
During his recent career transition, he had apparently not yet filed the papers for his Accidental Death Benefit, and we're told that his wife-to-be of 10 years will not be eligible for a claim.
Despite being highly regarded for his volunteerism and his skills as a musician, a percusionist and an educator, he and his wife-to-be were not wealthy. They lived a very modest, and beautiful life together in their small apartment with their cat (Isaac), and were saving whatever they could manage for their wedding.
Renee enjoyed helping Danny pursue his dreams, and often worked alongside him, using her skills as a graphic designer. My brother didn't deserve to die the way he did, and his spouse certainly deserves more. There's nothing we can do about Danny's passing, but we can pull together and help Renee rebuild her life and chase new dreams.
As his family, we're pooling our resources to put on his memorial and already paid for his cremation. The money raised here is for Renee to rebuild herself. It's what Danny would have wanted.
- Lindz VanderAa
- Agatha Pezzi
- Genevieve and Darren Janeczek
Organizer and beneficiary
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