- 60 years old
- Date of birth: Dec 24, 1952
- Date of passing: May 29, 2013
|Let the memory of Dan be with us forever|
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Dan Rizzi, 60, born on December 24, 1952 and passed away on May 29, 2013. We will love and remember him forever.
"Hope your memories, family, & friends can give you comfort. Peace & Love to you through the holidays and into the New Year. Sending love & hugs, XOX"
"Happy Birthday to my cuz in heaven! I will always have fond memories of you! Love you and miss you!"
"Happy Birthday, my dear sweet husband. I love you."
"Happy Birthday Dan. You live on because you taught us to take the high road. I am a better person having known you. How privileged I am and was, to be your friend.
Love and miss you,
PS Merry Christmas up there!"
"When I think of Dan, I always smile. And when I close my eyes I can see his handsome smile. There are a couple of Dan memories that will always be with me. The first is, him walking down the pier toward the catamaran we were taking wearing those salmon colored boat shoes. And the second is on the ferry ride between Saint Martin and Anguilla, Dan sat there calmly reading some magazine while I was screamiing Dan and driving my finger nails into his thigh as the boat bounced up and down.
As someone else wrote, I will raise my glass in remembrance and in celebration of his life and first anniversary in heaven - To Dan."
"Missing my good friend. The year went too quickly as does 60 years. It is never enough time to do it all, but it was enough time for Dan to leave a lasting impression on us all."
"Today is hard. I pray for strength."
"When Linda and I were dating and later when we were married, we got to spend some very special times with Dan. From the moment I meant him, I liked him and could see how special he was to my wife, Linda. Whenever we were together, I always learned something from Dan and had a great time. A few years after we moved to New Mexico, we planned a trip back to New York. Dan was so excited we were coming back, that he organized a phenomenal reunion including family and friends. He thought of every detail and created a memorable time for everyone. It is just an example of Dan's kindness, caring, initiative and "can do spirit." Then for many years we lost contact until Dan and Sue came to visit us in New Mexico two years ago. Not only did we get to spend some precious time with Dan, but we got to meet our wonderful new cousin, Sue. We then got to go back to New York and visit both of them. Again a fantastic time with so many precious memories: days on the beach, our boat ride to Fire Island, the Beach Boys concert, that wonderful restaurant in Little Italy, Mama Mia, and many many more memories. . It is hard to believe he is gone - never mind gone for a year! I will always remember these special memories and Dan's contagious smile. AND I am so glad Dan brought Sue into our family!
"I am so happy that I had the privilege of knowing Dan. One of my first memories of him was when I first met him on his first cruise. He was so excited about everything and joined Judy and me in one of our daily bingo games and bought a bottle of wine to add to the fun!
I also remember a wonderful boat ride on the Fourth of July to see the fireworks. It was a beautiful night shared by friends, good food and wine. He was such a careful driver, never felt a bit nervous.
Dan will forever be in our hearts. I can tell by the wonderful tributes that he was loved by all he came in contact with. We all miss him!
"Dan, "The Don" Rizzi, he made me laugh, he always listened, I am better off having called him my friend. I miss him. Save us a seat Danny."
"Although I only met Dan about 2003 I quickly came to value his company. His wit, intelligence and humor (yes,those jokes!) were so that I always looked forward to seeing him, no matter what was on tap. Dan knew something about everything, from sports to wine to theatre (the list goes on). I felt like I could talk with him forever about anything with ease. I know his wisdom and insights always enriched me. I am proud to say he was my friend and I miss him every day and always will. One thing in particular about Dan stands out for me- his generosity. You could never pay a tab when he was around. After you two stayed with us for 3 weeks post-Sandy, he somehow was thoughtful to buy us 2 battery lanterns. This is despite dealing with his illness and loss of his home. I really treasured your visit with Dan to our Adirondack camp in Feb. 2012 and listening with Dan to my 1981 Rodney Dangerfield CD (which he, of course, loved) while you and Arlene were in the kitchen. I now refer to the chair he used (and loved) at the camp as the "Dan chair". I hope in some small way this note brings a smile to you and that you realize you are not (and never will be) alone among all of us who were touched by knowing Dan and are better off for it. Love, Neil"
"As young children my cousin Dan and I were very close. I loved my cuz so much! We lived in Brooklyn in the same house so we played and hung out a lot until he and his family moved to Long Island! I remember being so sad. He was my cuz but he was also my best pal! As we got older and had our own families we unfortunately saw less of each other since I lived in New Mexico and he lived in New York. That is a great distance away! Before Dan passed away he made a bucket list. I was on the bucket list! How happy I was to hear that he and Sue were planning to visit me and my husband in Albuquerque. It was our first time meeting Sue in person. Instantly you could see the happiness and love between them. Dan and I bonded once again and it was easy to bond also with Sue It was such an honor to be on that bucket list A year later we traveled to New York. It was such a memorable time. We spoke about old times and new times and began to catch up after all the years we did not see each other.
I wish Dan could still be here with us but I know he is pain free and in a safer and beautiful place. I know some day we will all reunite and will be able to catch up once again. I lost my dear cousin but he left behind a beautiful and caring lady, Sue, who I have gotten closer to and consider her my new cuz. Sure wish we lived closer! Thank you Dan, for your great gift. And I thank you God, for my great gift..my cousin Dan!! Love you and miss you cuz!!!"
"I was not fortunate enough to meet Dan or Sue in person as Sue and I are internet friends. Sue kept me up-to-date on Dan's illness through Carepages. His writings and courage are such an inspiration to me. The love he and Sue shared is so evident and beautiful. Not too many of us get to share that kind of love in their lifetime. Sue, even though I haven't spoken to you in awhile, my thoughts and prayers are with you. This is such a beautiful tribute to Dan.
"This is a beautiful way to remember a wonderful human being. Dan was one of the kindest, thoughtful, and most loving individuals that I have ever known. You both were so great together. Yes, you were best friends, and that says it all! I hope this website will be a source of comfort and support for you and those who share in it. Love You!"
"Sue ... We hope you are doing well under these extremely tough times .. you and Dan are probably the strongest people we know .. can't even imagine what you've gone through .. We do think of you & Dan often. No funny stories .. but .. we will always remember our visits to Woodstock and recall that Dan would always have a funny story or event to share with us. Tribute is a great memorial to Dan. Take care of yourself ... Paul & Terri"
"This is such a beautiful way to appreciate lost loved ones. When I lost my husband in 89, I just lost myself in self - help books and in prayer for strength to go on. It may seem as though the pain will never go away, but it will lessen as time goes on. I did not have the pleasure of meeting Dan until your wedding day and i thought, oh what a handsome man Sue has found and what a beautiful couple you were. Conversing with him that night told me he wasn't just a "pretty face" but someone with hopes and dreams, intelligence and wit. I'm glad you were blessed Sue to have Dan in your life! Hugs"
"I can't believe it's been a year either. We talk about him in our house on a daily basis. I walk the kids out to his memorial tree on just about every weekend. It feels good to watch them hug the tree and say how they miss Grandpa Rizzi. A lot of good things have happened during this year as well so I have a feeling that he might have a helping hand in that. I still send e-mails to him hoping for a response. I have a year's worth of text messages that I read through. I know they say life moves on but it would be a lot better if Dad was around to share with us."
"So many great memories of our Dan the Man ... Enjoyed our trips to upstate and Florida, as well as our New York and Fire Island boat trips .... Watching the Blue Angels air shows...dinner parties or just all of us watching the sunsets together.. .... We were Lucky to move into such a great community over 10 years ago and meet such great friends .. the Memories will always stay fresh in our hearts and mind.. Miss you our dear Dan.."
Just a couple of weeks ago, I reached into my pocket to so I could place a ball marker on the green so as not to get in the way of Mark's golf ball. Dan bought each of us a pack of marker's so our balls would not get in each other's way when we golfed and shared good "guy time" together. The little things that remain!
"Although I did not know Dan very well, I am writing to support Sue in her efforts. Sue, you are just a lovely person. So happy to have re-connected with you. I hope you get many responses to this site that will bring you comfort. XB"
"The year did go fast despite all of the heavy hearts that we dragging along with us. We all miss him in different situations, be it boating Golfing fishing or just out to dinner and sharing jokes and "hot gossip". For us the good times will continue. They continue for Dan through our eyes and in our hearts. He wouldn't want us to sit idle. This weekend we will raise our glasses in remembrance and in celebration of his life and first anniversary in heaven."
"It's hard to believe that in just a couple of weeks it will be an entire year since I lost my husband and best friend. I know that you too have lost your friend, father, brother, cousin. I have created this site as a place that we can come to share our stories and memories. It will be active for one year. I hope that you will share a story, a 'Dan' joke, an inspirational thought, a photo, a book recommendation, etc. Also please forward this site to anyone that would receive comfort from sharing.
It's been an incredibly difficult year for me and I would like to thank each of you for whatever role you have played in helping me through. I am not a religious person in an organized religion kind of way, but I do know that a part of Dan's soul is always with us and that he is just a thought away from each of us. I also know that our pain from his loss is a small price to pay for the enrichment that having him in our lives has given each of us.
People tell me that I am doing well. It doesn't often feel that way, but I do know that my ability to face life every day is partly due to Dan. Anyone who knew him would know that he would not be at all happy with me if I were to hide from the world. After all, he told me before he passed that I had 3 weeks to be sad and then I was to get on with my life or he would come to haunt me! So, I am doing my best.
Peace and love to all of us.
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