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The first time I went fishing with Dan was off the rocks around a few corners from Broken Head.

As we walked the path through costal rainforest to the spot, he said that this could be the first of many fishing adventures we could have.

The way he said it made me feel like I was a kid, and in the company of an exuberant 10-year-old. The fact that he was around 40 and me approaching 30 made no difference.

Dan showed me how to catch bream to feed the household. His perseverance and obsession to fish was immense.

He spent hours, days, weeks hopping around on the rocks at Cape Byron like one of the mountain goats there, throwing out a lure and winding it back in the hope of mulloway.

He was always happy to stay on the rocks, by himself or with an old friend or even with someone he had met for the first time that day and convinced them that the rocks at the bottom of the lighthouse was an even more special part of Byron Bay than the lighthouse itself.

Dan had an uncanny knack of making a stranger feel like an old friend. He would help anyone who needed it, even when he needed help himself. He was always generous with his time, his food, his home.

Dan always wanted to stay on the rocks fishing far longer than me. After the sun set all I wanted was dinner, a shower, civilisation.

Dan just wanted to stay on the rocks, always a chance there would be a fish, content that he had found a place he was comfortable, among seagulls, smashing whitewater, ancient rocks, the tide.

Dan’s electric wit, tremendous intelligence and sharp insight and honesty into the human condition, including his own flawed nature, as well as his bottomless generosity and willingness to share are all things I miss. Rest in Peace mate.

Ewan MacLeod, Palm Island

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  1. It’s sad he got involved in the seedy world of ice and became an addict to such a destructive and insidious drug, if he hadn’t he may still be alive. It’s a timely warning for people who are thinking of trying ice to consider what sort of company they wont to keep and if they wont to stay alive. Ice users are often erratic and violent and delusional. A healthy and happy life is one free from crystal meth. A huge problem in our neighbourhoods and the cities as well.


  2. What a beautiful description of my old buddy from Darlo ,
    Darlo Dan was a kid I met when he was 18 and I was 23 , in the last 30 years we have had good times and not so good , I spoke to him on the Friday before his murder , he seemed distracted and distant , what I didn’t know was that those 2 animals had been twice before , threatening him and extorting that shit evil drug from him .
    Like the above comment, I have no idea why he got into amphetamines and the sale thereof , all I know is I will miss his cocky smart arse remarks and sharp wit ….til we meet at the marble arch cafe in the afterlife Danny ….rest in peace


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