Post by bluepride on Sept 15, 2015 10:50:13 GMT -5
Dan Levins RIP 9/15/2015
The phone rang at 0140 this morning and I knew. It was expected. Gene called and told me I was the first person he called. Dan went peacefully and Gene was able to be with him for six hours to hold his hand and say goodbye. The severe lung infection and the residual effects of his lung cancer took their toll and now he is at peace. Another brave warrior and fighter is gone. Without seeming to be engaging in yet another cliche, he was one of the most tremendous people I've ever had the honor of meeting and befriending. We go back to the very early 90's. Gene and I go back to the mid 80's. Both ground breakers and heroes for so many reasons. Gene, for all his "so-called" disabilities is one of the strongest people I've ever known. Danny was his partner, caretaker, husband, you name it and towards the end, the roles seem to have reversed. As much as we were hoping that things would get better, it wasn't to be. But Danny's pain and suffering are over. Gene's family will have to step up in a big way and I have every confidence that they will. It really hurts losing friends this way. It just never seems to stop. Danny had such a great past. He was an actor, dancer and for a time, a Police Officer in Florida. Not going to sugarcoat it....he got his share of abuse from some dickheads during his tenure back then. But he also had friends who had his back and remained friends to this day. In recent years he taught dance while still caring for Gene. It's funny...the things you think of....I always would talk to him about his role in the movie, "Grease". Dan didn't have any lines, being primarily a dancer in the film. But he was all over that movie. He stole every scene that he was in. Next time they show it on TV, which they do on a regular basis....look for him. You can't miss him! He was also in "The Turning Point" which to this day, I still haven't seen. But I will. What a great thing he did for us here by dedicating himself to the thread, "This Day In Gay History". Among his many other contributions here. A loyal, steadfast and true friend. He and Frank (burner) are probably hanging out together right now laughing at me for going on and on and babbling. They're guffawing shamelessly. The only solace, aside from his suffering ending, that I take right now is that his last words to me two Sundays ago were, "Love you". Rest In Peace, Dan. You surely deserve it. Gene will be strong and will prevail. For you.