I live in Invermere and we just returned after a two week vacation. We were
shocked to read of Dano's death. My spouse and I knew him as long-time
residents of any small town know each other. Dave had a motorcycle seat
re-upholstered about two years ago and we always enjoyed bumping into him
here and there and having interesting, thoughtful conversations. Even
though we weren't close, it was reassuring to see his old truck and old dog
at the shop and we lived with the naive hope that our neighbours are living
happily ever after.
A few years ago, Zach and his pals, the Logan boys (who live across from
us), rescued a cat from under a shed at the school board shop. We are cat
lovers and were heartened that the boys had been feeding and watering the
scared, homeless puss for days before we even realized it was living there.
Then we learned that Zach's family had given it a home! I've long admired
Dano's love for the community and willingness to organize - like the coat
drive and the hang gliding event. And I admired his dedication and
involvement as a father. Year after year, I watched him arrive across the
street in the green-blue truck to pick up kids and drop off kids.
I'm grateful you've written a little in your blog about the sad and tragic
circumstances of his death and also about your raw feelings. People in
this valley loved and respected and we are reluctant to ask questions. I'll
be thinking of you, his Invermere family and your family (especially your
dad) as you all carry on the best you are able. When I read your
wonderful description of his love for life and family and friends; of course
that is what you will do in his memory and as his kid sister.
Thanks Karen. Every little bit helps, and you have helped on a day that was pretty low.xo