Billy Lane USA – Judge Minder IML (International Mister Leather) (26/89)

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Dear friends, fellow leathermen and others who also loved Daniel…

I met Daniel in 2005 when he was invited to judge IML the first time.As was his custom, he brought many boxes of chocolates to friends, both old and new!

Since I was the Judges’ Coordinator, he brought me a HUGE box, much to the delight of my husband John, who loves chocolate.  Once Daniel discovered John’s love of chocolate, he always made it a point to bring him a box of his very own each time he came to IML including in 2015 when he was asked to judge again. In addition, over the years, I also discovered that Daniel had a wicked sense of humour, which was quite irreverent. 

This was something we shared and I will miss times like this — a pic of us taken at MAL (Mid Atlantic Leather) 2019 with him showing me a video of himself flipping off tRump!  © John O’Brien

In 2016, Daniel was unable to attend IML but still sent a box of Leonidas chocolates to John with John O’Brien who was judging that year.

Little did my John know that the box actually contained chocolate soaps not chocolate! We recorded the presentation of the box of “chocolates” and sent it to Daniel, who enjoyed the joke even though he was home in Brussels.

Daniel’s laugh and his naughty sense of humour were legendary – I always enjoyed his anti-tRump memes. 

Daniel – Adios, MF…  I will miss you… Billy Lane, IML Judges Coordinator.

Written by Jeroen Van Lievenoogen

Jeroen is publisher of Alphatribe magazine

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