- Date of passing: Feb 8, 2013
- Place of passing:
Sarasota, Florida, United States
|Thank you for helping build a strong memorial to our Father, Friend, Husband, Coach, Confidant, and Teacher. Let his passion not be forgotten.|
This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Coach Dan. Please help build a rich memorial for his family, friends, children, and students by adding your stories, pictures, and videos of Dan. We will remember him forever.
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"To Alexandra and Dan's entire family - I would like for you to know that Dan's memory and the stories I have been told about him have stayed with me, and I feel blessed to know of him- if only through your memories shared. 4 years later- and I still hear "make it happen!" when I need it most ;) <3 Blessings to you all."
"well coach, its almost been three years. the class of 2012 is now the class of 2016. not a day goes by that you don't cross my mind. I know that you are watching over all of us, and that you are there with me whenever i need someone to be there for me. I wish i could have had the opportunity to explain the impact you had on me, and how much i admired you as a man. I will always take you with me where ever i may go in life. I know ill see you again, may be not here, but hopefully up there, until then, I love you coach, rest easy D$."
"I remember the last text I sent you.. you had asked me if I was doing well and mentally I mumbled "yes" because I was struggling and I think you knew that you because you sent a text reassuring me that I'v got it then you said keep it up. about a month later you were gone,I lost all every bit of sanity in my body because i felt like i let you down and lied to you. after that day my life slowly spiraled into a mess. I started to hang with the wrong people I started getting into fights and doing drugs. I was lost, feeling guilty because I wasn't honest I told myself that I lied to the one person that was a father figure that taught me things nobody else could but a month after you had passed I lay in my tub water surrounding me, my mind altered by a prescription in and out of consciousness I cried at that moment I realized I never failed you when I told you I was ok I was failing you at this moment and I made sure I would do what I could to become as good of a man as you were to everyone. after that I got my life together to make you proud. I know your somewhere right now watching me and I'm doing my best to make you proud. I love you,you will always be with me,and i aspire to be as great as you. R.I.P"
We will always carry you in our hearts.
Remembering you today as well as everyday.
Gabrielle and Chase"
"Candle lit by Victoria Pochopien on 9th February 2013
" Coach Dan you were an amazing teacher and you were more than my teacher you were like my friend and you felt like another dad to me and I just wanted to say that I will always miss you and I can't believe you died but it was an accident and I will always remember you ."
"Happy Birthday coach thank you for inspiring me to do what I love most........skateboarding R.I.P D$"
"Happy Birthday Coach! We miss you so very much! We Love you #12 <3"
""I am a former student of D$ and he was the greatest coach on the planet. He made me believe in myself and now I SK8 he was a true inspiration to everyone he talked to. He was truly a HERO to me and all former students.
LOVE YOU D$
"well coach I have choose your class for the year of 2013-2014 and its not gonna be the same without u you got in the accident when I was taking your class for 3rd quarter and I didn't really know you very well but you will always be im my heart when I am in your classroom everyday. :)"
"So Dan it's been almost five months and I think about you from time to time. Heard your service back in Windham was awesome. Wish I could have been there for that. It is still hard to believe you are gone. I have known you forever! Rest in Peace my Friend!! Until we meet again.Forever missed, never forgotten!Thanks for the memories"
"I miss you so much coach... I will miss you forever and always. you are a great person. I know you are watching over SSA+S and your friends and family. we all miss you but your in a better place now. I remember the first time I met you... you were so nice and caring. and the first time you taught me how to drop in... you helped me through it when I was so scared. I love you. R.I.P Coach <3"
"Hey Coach.. Yesterday was 3 months since your accident.. That day many people cried.. but most of them were celebrating the wonderful life you lived. It wasn't long enough but you made the best of it. We all miss you. Everyday. All day. Not a second goes by that your warm inviting smile doesn't drift through my mind. I miss that. I miss you. See you up there Coach. Until then, Skate on<3(:"
"Coach Dan, it is hard to believed how long it has been. We all still miss you like crazy and wish you were here to come make us all laugh again. ❤"
"Its been 3 months to this day. RIP Coach Dan. #12."
"I can honestly say that to this day,I've been thinking about you on a daily basis. Every time I drive my truck, I stare at you "D$" sticker, I received on 2.16.13. I miss you so much, its crazy.You have one of the strongest families, and so many people have became successful because of you.You're the reason the sun shines,why it rains, and why sk8ing is so fun! Show them agels whos bos!<3"
How yah doin up their?
I miss you and I just wanted to let you know that I've taken your advice and when people try to put me down I keep standing because I know thats what you would do! Thanks so much coach for the great advice! I love you<3"
"Five weeks Dan. I feel your presence, I feel that you are guiding me to a better place. Thank you! I have been connecting with some of your students. They are so special. One of them asked me if I am anything like you, silly, smiling, upbeat......I am and so proud to say so. Next time I am in FL I will visit SSAS. Apparently, I need to bust some moves like you :-). xo love you son."
"I think about you constantly and look up to the sky to just say I love you. I practice basketball to get better for you and because I knw if you were here I would be making you proud. Already a month without you, wow time flies. Just wanted to stop by and say I love you. I miss you."
"Dan, you are loved, respected, missed and mourned more than you could ever imagine. Today is one month (Dad's birthday). It still doesn't feel like you are gone. My tears would probably argue that. We all want to honor your memory. I am starting a FB page so your students can learn more about their beloved Coach. They need it and so do I. They are a special group! Love you Son, Mom"
"You're Standing in the hall of fame, and the worlds gonna know your name because you burn with the brightest flame! We love you
"It's been a month! Coach how yah doing up their. You teaching all those angels how to properly play basketball and skateboard because you're the expert! I miss you so much Coach. Things have been different for me since you've been gone gosh I wish you were here. You were the best and I really wish you were here. Well Just to let you know I'm still thinking about you and remembering you. <3"
"Hi Coach whats up?"
"I still find it hard to believe you're gone Coach Dan. I miss you so much Coach. <3"
"Hey, Coach how was a hard day of sk8ing up there? I could tell you are trying to make us happy, i felt the warmth on my face today, like you friend told us at you memorial! Also the breeze of you sk8ing by me at the soccer game today! We are dedicating this season to you, we won our first game today, thanks to you! See you tomorrow! You are the best coach! We will all miss you! Coach M too"
"D$. I know you're looking down on us and love all of us. Everytime i see the sun, it's you. Smiling. When I see rain, I know its going to be you. Saying you are watching us, and saying how you love us. When the wind blows. It's you saying hello, and giving us the kiss for the day! I love you. You're a perfect Angel. I cant wait to see you& laugh at austin's jokes with you again. FLY HIGH"
"Coach Dan, You were an amazing person and such an inspiration. You were so kind. I can't even begin to explain how much you will be missed. We will never forget you Coach Dan. Heaven couldn't have gained a more perfect angel. Keep skating the golden streets. We love you.♡"
"I love you coach. You were such an inspiration to all of us. A friend, a rolemodel, teacher, mentor, even a father figure to many. We will all miss you so much and will never forget the person you were. You were always willling to help others before yourself and helped so many people. We will miss you Coach. Keep skating on the golden streets of heaven. Love you Coach!!! From, Squints"
"The memorial lastnight really made is real for me. That you really are now looking down on us. You are an angel and I am going to do everything I can to help the family. I love you and thank you for giving me an opportunity to play for you and thanks for believing in me. I miss you and just want to give you a hug and hold on to it forever. I miss you buddy."
"Wow Dan I can't believe what an inspiration you were to so many children and adults in Florida!!It's amazing to read all about Coach Dan and how you changed so many lives!I grew up with Dan since 2nd grade in Windham,and he was always a great guy then so I'm not surprised he was a great father,husband,friend,teacher,and Coach! I still can't believe you're gone!A True Legend!RIP Dan Giguere"
"Just returned from the memorial for Coach Dan at First Baptist and at Payne Park. What I would like to say is "Thank you Alex and family for sharing such a phenomenal man with our children at SSAS. He has influenced more young lives than anyone could possibly know. He was loved by the children, but also the parents who saw the strength Coach instilled in them every day.""
""Thanks for all that you did for me at summer camp and helping me skate cause if it wasn't for you I wouldn't be skating now. I will always remember you and what you did . Thanks again... I will miss you sooo much .I have a picture in my room to remember you and it will remind me to do my best at everything. Skate on those golden rails and ramps."
"As I tried to teach this week, my behavior objective on the board was...Make an Effort and Honor Coach Dan. When I think about the kind of teacher he was...I think he would be saying to me, "whatever gets them motivated to learn... use it." We used sports and skateboarding as incentives to encourage kids to get back on track academically. Thank you for the pleasure of being Mama B."
"You died to fast ur always brought the sunshine beacause u always were and still are love u"
"Keep watching over us coach dan and always rember you will NEVER be forgotten. <3
Do it for Dan!
Sk8 for Coach Dan
Born a hero died a legond<3
Always in our prayers<3 LOVE YOU COACH DAN!<3"
"Keep Sk8tin those golden roads and keep ballin! You will never be forgotten. Even though you arn't standing by our side you will ALWAYS be in our hearts. Thanks for always helping me threw the stuff that i needed. No one could replace you. You were the best coach for all the boys and were the best teacher for al of us! You were born a hero and died a legond. Were doing it for you dan! D$"
You have inspired me so much. You always told me to keep my head high and not to worry about what people say. I always went to you for support and I appreciate all of the help you have given me in the 5 years I've known you. You were the best coach ever! School isn't the same without you! I miss you so much and love you<3 R.I.P D$ <3"
"The memories of when we were all so young play repeatedly these days. It was an honor knowing such an amazing man and although we hadn't seen one another for many years now, your presence will be forever missed by so many. From reading all that has been written in your Honor Dan, it is clear what an incredible impact you have had on so many lives. You are truly an inspiration for so many."
"We all miss you so much coach dan </3 you inspired me to never give up and keep trying i never really got to meet you or take your class but now you inspired to me to learn how to skateboard and im getting b etter everyday you were the greatest coach ever i will never forget you and youll always be in my heart. Keep on Sk8ing in heaven and teach all the little angels to skate , <3 you D$"
"miss yeah i love you i miss seeing you at school! p.s jacob riffe says hi"
"Coach Dan, where do I begin.... You where a role model for everyone who knew you, you could cheer anyone up if they where having a bad day , every time I would pass you in the halls you would have a giant smile on your face..... We will miss you coach Dan. D$ forever"
"Dan, what a legacy you have left behind - It is so amazing to see all the lives you have touched. You have a beautiful family and I know you will be watching over them. Many memories were shared, from being babysat together at Debbie Hall's, through sports and through fun times with our friends! You will be deeply missed."
"As I was saying, you are going to be remembered forever. For all the spontaneous things you've done for the 35 years that you've been on this Earth. Your life was cut short by this tragic accident, but your a legend now and you will live in everybody's hearts. You were loved and looked upon as a mentor/ hero by many people. R.I.P Coach Dan (D$) Skate the streets of heaven ;)"
"Hey Coach Dan!
You are the most inspirational person i've ever met.You've done so many things that benefited everybody around you. You always knew how to brighten up anybody's day and put a smile on their face. You were the most determined, generous, dedicated, kind-hearted person I've ever met! I could go on and on but ive reached my max characters"
""Coach Dan, you were by far the coolest and most understadning teacher at SSA+S u inspired me to start skateboarding. You will never be forgotten and i know your looking over all of us right this second.
We love you! ~""
"you raise me up so I can stand on mountains miss you coach :*"
"coach D$ was one of the most inspirational people that you can ever meet. the one thing that he loved more than sk8ing is his family. and he still loves them and is watching over them. when you would ask he would tell the most wonderful stories about them. this can only make them stronger I miss him so much. <3"
"when you gave us a lesson about stress and showed the effects of cyber bullying there was a man named gary trashing you 24/7. I wonder how he feels now"
"coach dan you were the best yeacher ever and you told me to never give up you will never be forgotten ever."
"R.I.P. D$, Sk8 high in the clouds. legends never die."
"Coach Dan you were one of the most loved and respected teachers at SSA+S. There was not one person that didn't like you or your class D$ was always teaching all of the new kids how to Sk8 like my brother and made it one of the things that they now love to do and every time they fell you told them to get back on that board and continue on. You will be dearly missed and never forgotten..."
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