I have very sad news to relay that my friend Dan Simmonds, here as danbearnyc, died yesterday. The cause of death is not certain but I was also told he fell and broke a bone recently. Horrible news. I know he had many, many friends here on Live Journal. If/when I get additional news about any memorial service I will pass that on.
I will greatly miss his wit and generosity. He was always so thoughtful with his many gifts. The last time I saw him was a couple weekends ago at Brian/wonderboynj's birthday party, where I marveled at the perfectness of his gift for Brian. He was also one of only two people who volunteered when I asked my friends here on LJ for some help with a difficult task.
I ran many pictures of him in my journal -- he was a regular at my birthday party movie nights & dinners, although he usually mugged for the camera when I pointed it at him, and the results I often thought were unflattering. So here's a pic from his own journal, next to a mascot outside a Korean chain restaurant in his Queens neighborhood.
Now I'm going to have a good and long cry, and I'll toast his memory next time I have a drink of Irish whiskey.