I remember meeting Daniel for the first time on the night that I won the Mr Leather Netherlands title. I had no idea who this man was, and why everyone was suddenly taking pictures of us.
We got to know each other over the years, during events, but more so when I became Mr Leather Europe and when we travelled to Russia together.
To me Daniel was a kind soul, a man of not too many words. Eye contact and smiles were our usual way of communicating. He was one of the people whose eyes gave me a direct glimpse into his soul. Eyes that could narrow, could be fierce but also eyes that offered an open view of his kindness. I’ll miss that.
I could write about all the things he has done for our community; I am sure others can do that better. I could write about the care he displayed for his family, but others can do that better as well. For me it all comes back to his kind soul. I’ll miss that very much.