at the beach
don’t remember exactly when I met Danny but I don’t
remember a summer at the beach without him. The best beach
memories I have of my summers in Point were with Danny
and the rest of our beach gang. We had freedoms at 12
and 13 that most kids never have – our parents knew
where we were and pretty much what we were doing but we
felt like we owned the beach! We spent our days on the
beach and our nights up the boards and when we were done
up the boardwalk we were hanging out up “at the
top” under the boardwalk.
remember the Cluney Bin before it was remodeled. We left
after one summer and returned the next and the Clune’s
had added another story. I think it was around Memorial
Day when Danny came and got all of us to come and see
the new house. He was so excited and proud of his new
house. As we walked down the boardwalk to the Cluney Bin,
Danny was telling us about all of the details, just beaming
from ear to ear. He told us about his room, the living
room and about the view from his parent’s balcony.
Danny also boasted that his parents had installed a water
fountain in their bathroom. We were all amazed and couldn’t
wait to see. We thought it was the coolest thing in the
we got to the house Danny took us on a meticulous tour
of every single room. You would have thought that Danny
had built the house himself. I remember walking through
every single room an Danny pointing out all of the details.
Our tour wound its way upstairs and our anticipation grew.
We were so excited to see the water fountain! We walked
into the master bathroom and there it was. It didn’t
look like any other water fountain I had ever seen but
I wasn’t going to say anything. Danny was showing
us how it worked when our friend Jessica stepped up and
said “Danny, that’s not a water fountain,
it’s a Bidet!”
~ Kara Lashley
night that Danny shaved his head
lucky enough to get to know Danny for the last few years
and got to spend time with him whenever he came back home.
Danny was always a person who was happy to embrace whoever
was around and no matter who came along he was there to
be sure they were having fun! I got to be a part of Danny’s
birthday lobster dinners and got to hang out with Danny
and Ryan on the boat.
through the last few weeks I keep coming back to one memory
The night that Danny shaved his head I’m sure it’s
been recalled a few times already but I’d like to
talk about after the main event of the night occurred. We
all headed down to Jenkinson’s to hang out for the
night and meet up with Danny and his friends who were already
down there. I got into the bar and was immediately welcomed
with a huge hug from Danny and an immediate request for
what I’d like to drink!
made it a point that night to tell everyone how glad he
was that they were there. It didn’t matter if he had
known you through years of friendship or if you had only
been able to be together on a handful of occasions. He didn’t
care that it was his birthday and his night to celebrate,
he just wanted everyone to appreciate the company and enjoy
each other and the summer and the perfect night. That’s
what I’ll take away from the time I got to know Danny.
It didn’t matter whose night it was, just that everyone
was there, everyone was smiling and everyone had a good
time. ~Kate Armstrong
seeing himself for the 1st time with short hair
I first met Danny
I first met Danny I was standing on top of the Clune family
coffee table (acting pretty ridiculous, not expecting anyone
to come in), when in walked Danny. With a low key shrug
of his shoulders, a nod, and a smile, I got the patented
Dan Clune “Hey”. From that point on, I would
receive the same “Hey” at every family function,
birthday, summer party, etc. for the next several years.
was always the best to sit next to at these events because
if you listen closely, you’ll hear some priceless
(often sarcastic) one liners, which can leave you rolling.
From his low key “Hey” you would never guess
that , when comfortable, Dan could become the life of the
party. If you got to see that side of him, you can be assured
that you were very special to him.
I’ve seen him get wild (note the “head shaving”
party), my favorite times with Dan were the low key, chilled
out times, hanging out on the boat, discussing something
pointless, or watching tv on the couch. Thank you for being
who you are Dan, you’ll be missed. ~Andy
You were the person that made me laugh after everything
that made me sad.
You were the one I would call if I needed to understand
You were the one I turned to when I needed to feel most
I’ve had few best friends in this world who really
understood me without saying a word. I love how you did
everything you wanted to do in life. Sometimes I would feel
like you were going to get an ulcer from doing too many
things but you would just say, ”Stop worrying. This
makes me happy.” When you would look at me and smile
and tell me, ”Oh Kendall Thank You!” I knew
inside your head you were thanking me for being your best
friend. And I would look at you and say ,” Dude, thank
Do you remember how we used to sit on my floor and share
our music with each other for hours. How you would sit there
so patiently listening to my Tori Amos fanatic girl obsession
not to mention our disco solo dance parties. We laughed
about that later, but we still had our dance parties to
music that made our souls tickle. I’m glad we danced
that last day. Our friendship spoke its history through
songs and words and that is how I will always find you.
find you when the air brushes my hair the trees shake their
leaves to the ground like a dance. I will find you when
I snowboard down our hill right behind you as I always was.
I will find you when I hear a song I can picture you closing
your eyes to and grooving your head in a circular motion.
I already feel you all around me.
have been the one constant in my life. You have been the
one person that knew all of my phases by story or experience.
You were the person who would let me embarrass them by boasting
about your Def Leopard loving baby-sitter and break dance
career. You were modest, and the person who would say the
least in a large crowd but absorb it all. I know that you
haven’t left me. I know that we are still best friends.
I know that every new birth on this planet I will look for
never replace what we have had together and I can never
accept that it is gone. It has just changed forms and I
will have to learn to listen to you in another way. You
are my favorite person, someone so close to me I have appointed
my brother. You are my memories and my interests. You are
my life and my stories. You are the person I will always
turn to. You are my heart and you are my conscious. To me
you will always be found in a song. Music was what you lived
your life by. I hear you right now.
You are with me forever, ~
and Kendall October 31, 2005
Danny was the nicest guy you could ever meet
briefly dated a couple of years back, brought together
by our mutual love for seeing live music and spending
time around Park Slope, Brooklyn. Danny was the nicest
guy you could ever meet, had so much love for people and
the world, and would go out of his way to be kind.
remember just before New Year's 2003, there was a much
talked about Phish show at Madison Square Garden (their
first show back after a 2-year break from touring). Everyone
was desperate for tickets, and of course Danny scored
some without a problem. During the time we were seeing
each other, I had mentioned that I had friends from overseas
who loved Phish but had never seen them in concert, and
were hoping to get tickets and come see them for the first
time on new year's. By the time late December rolled around,
Danny and I weren't seeing each other anymore and the
show was rapidly approaching. There were absolutely no
extra tickets floating around - except, of course, if
you were Danny, and were interconnected in ways beyond
comprehension. I got an email from him about a week before
the show - he had 2 extra tickets, remembered about my
friends, and wondered if they were still interested in
going to the show. I was blown away by his thoughtfulness.
I know that he had countless good friends that would have
done anything for those tickets, and he was willing to
give them to 2 total strangers because he was touched
by their story. That's the kind of person Danny was. My
friends didn't make it to NYC that new year's, but I told
them about Danny's generosity, and they too were touched.
that, I saw Danny a couple of times, at concerts of course.
It was always nice to run into him because he was so easy
to talk to, and seemed to put people at ease somehow.
My heart goes out to all of you during this terrible time.
I hope that Danny's memory brings you comfort and peace.
I only new him for a short time, Danny touched my life
in an incredible way
moved to sandpoint last november, and met danny first
when he came to visit kendall, and then later when he
moved out. we only lived a few blocks from each
i only new him for a short time, Danny touched my life
in an incredible way. My favorite memory of danny
is when we were at buddha and marias house on east bronx
road. the two of us took over the cd player and
played phish show after phish show. other people
wanted to change but we insisted and danced all night
long. there were just a few moments during that
night that i feel like danny soul was dancing right there
with mine, a deep and wonderful connection that i have
never felt before. ~Melissa