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Condolences for Daniel; Nanaimo 11/24/07

Discussion in 'Passings' started by gchapman, Nov 24, 2007.

  1. puffy

    puffy Angel Fish

    Words cannot explain...
  2. sharkmasterb

    sharkmasterb Guest

    He will be missed dearly. A very happy, fun, posetive person who loved to dive. My condolences go out to his familly and loved ones.

    May he rest in peace.
  3. CCRDolphinDiver

    CCRDolphinDiver Captain

    # of Dives:
    Location: Columbia River, Portland, Oregon
    condolences to the family and friends of Daniel.

    We must all remember that Murphy is out there and waiting, and he is not your friend.

    Public safety dive teams must follow protocol, and protocol is made up with the lowest denominator in mind. I am a member of my local PSD team, was training officer even, and even our team, that had a few excellent divers on it, still had to follow the rules, and the rules were written to the weakest team member.

    Its nuts that they wont let you go look Dave, there isnt anyone that knows that wreck better than you.
  4. Lightning Fish

    Lightning Fish Manta Ray

    Daniel taught me rescue a year ago. He was a great guy and teacher; such that if I was thinking about taking another course and was undecided, if he was teaching it, that would be enough to convince me to take it.

    Oh man.....

  5. sharkcandy

    sharkcandy Angel Fish

    Dear Scuba Board,

    I would like to thank everyone for their kind thoughts. It is a terrible time for all of us who were fortunate enough to know him.

    I would also, specifically like to thank Dave. Its been very difficult to read this thread, but knowing you're there to answer questions.. well I couldn't ask for more. Daniel thought the world of you. I have heard story after story of your diving adventures; not one of which passing without Daniel's eyes lighting up and his laugh overtaking his speach (i'm sure you'll know exactly what I mean.)

    Daniel loved to live life more than anything else in the world. He wanted to do anything that other people couldn't. Daniel had often said that he didn't want to know when his time was up. He wanted to go 'quick and fast'. I would always argue that people would want to say goodbye, but Daniel would have none of it. Being Daniel, he would never believe so many people even knew his name. He was always one to underestimate how much he was cherished but at least he was able to live and die the way he wanted.

    My time with him has been the happiest I've ever known. Full of weekend getaways, dive trips and lots of couch time to dream up new adventures. I cannot fathom moving on, but I know one day I'll have to. So will all of us. I know when that time comes Daniel would simply want to be remembered in our heart. I am lucky though, Daniel loved me so much maybe it'll be enough to last my lifetime. Everywhere I turn I'm faced with a memory of him that makes me smile. He permeated my life, and I am so greatful for that.

    For everyone else, I hope you too can remember the good times you've had with him. Please stop questioning his actions. Daniel was the best diver I've ever known, and one day I will share my last moments with him. There is a lot to what is being said that is wrong, and even more that is missing.

    His loving girlfriend,
  6. jim T.

    jim T. Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Washington State/San Juan Islands
    I've expressed my condolences to Dave (as the original info. poster) and Daniel's friend.
    Please accept my condolences to you. I'm glad that you two had such good times together
    and will have many good memories to fall back on when the shock and numbness diminishes
    over time...
    Of course anyone diving would like to know the true facts from the people involved in order to best protect themselves but you have other things to deal with for now.
    I am signed up to dive the Breton and Sask. this coming weekend. (No penetration) and
    will think of you and Daniel when I'm there.
    Take care.
  7. Sam7

    Sam7 Garibaldi

    Hi Candace,

    I'm so sorry to hear of you loss. I only had the opportunity to meet Daniel a few times, but since he was one of those guys you instantly like, his loss is sharply felt. It is so hard to imagine that someone so full of the joy of life is actually gone. That huge laugh gone forever is incredibly hard to believe. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and his family. If you are comfortable, please let us know if and/or when a service is being held so we can pay our respects in person. I really hope his friends are able to go down and find him and you and his loved ones can have at least that much closure.
  8. wedivebc

    wedivebc CCR Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    Candace, I can't imagine the pain you are feeling right now. It is hard for me to think of the right words to say but know we are feeling some of your grief with you and his passing will leave an empty place in many of us.
    Thank you for posting here. I do hope when you feel ready to share some of your experience of that fateful dive you give those of us who choose to share this passion for scuba diving a glimpse at what we all face and maybe a chance to learn from it.
    Dive safe Candace and Godspeed Daniel.

    LIVES4SHARKS SHARK DIVA AI ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Savannah, Georgia

    Oh, I have shrugged off the noise and calamity of modern day
    and floated through the depths on bubble-glistening fins.
    Downward I have drifted and joined the ebb and flow of wind-driven currents,
    and done a thousand things you would never have dreamed of.
    Dipping and swooping deep in the limpid pools of silent seas,
    Floating…. Drifting….
    I've chased shimmering schools of fish,
    laughed through coral-carpeted canyons,
    and eased my rubber-covered body through the floorless oceans of blue.
    Deeper and deeper into the bone-chilling depths
    I've descended to the sand covered bottom of the universe,
    with peaceful reserve, where sunshine nor rain have ever danced.
    And…. While with silent questioning mind,
    I've slipped through the blue un-trespassed serenity of the heavenly sea,
    Raised up my face
    and felt the cool embrace of God

    by Robert Gwalchmai

    My condolences to all those left behind. ​

    Dive Safe,
  10. ratfish

    ratfish Angel Fish

    To Candace:
    We feel deeply saddened by Daniel's disappearance. We remember him fondly and his laughter was an expression of his positive outlook on life. Call us/ e-mail us at any time if you want. You know where to reach us.

    Peter and Kathy

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