© John O’Brien
I will never forget the first time I heard the crack of that whip, from that moment on I was in awe. Awe of such a prominent man in our community, awe of his look in leather, his mastery of the whip and his personality, a fiercely strong and loyal spearhead for the ECMC, Europe and the world, leather and LGBT+ communities.
Although it took a little time to get to know Daniel properly, when we sat down together and chatted, we clicked straight away, I soon realised that as well as being ‘Daniel Dumont’ who I had heard so much about , he was a kind, genuine man with a heart of gold and someone I would be proud to call ‘friend’
Some even called him a big teddy bear, and it was true. Daniel was a real softie.
I had the pleasure of spending real quality time with Daniel when we both visited Tromsø for the 2nd Arctic Pilots last year, he was a fascinating man with a wonderful rich history and a wicked sense of humour which he was famous for. I adored his company and helped him navigate the deep snow (he gave me the honorary title of his ‘snow helper’) which I still smile at. I learned so much from him over that long weekend, he explained to me many things about his take on life and I will cherish these wise words forever, he also gave a wonderful speech at the formal dinner on Saturday night about the importance of keeping small communities alive.
Well, Sir Daniel; I promise you to continually support as many as I can and continue to spread your message of inclusiveness and community spirit over the world, more so than ever at this dark time.
One final memory I keep, is walking him back to his car after his famous ribs birthday dinner and giving him a big hug goodbye. Although I promised to see him again in Berlin for Easter this wasn’t to be… He lent in to whisper something in my ear…
What did he say you ask?… Well anyone who knew Daniel and his wicked sense of humour can guess so I don’t need to tell you 😉