pic1981. Photo by AnniIsenor

Dan Coneen

October 30, 1959 -- September 26, 2023, of cancer with complications1

I was born in Moncton on October 30, 1958, 1958, the second of three children. It was a small community and everyone was family. I grew up around horses, learned to ride and train them, to take care of a farm, to build things. I learned how to be self sufficient. High school wasn’t so nurturing. It was full of bullies.

I came out in 1979 because, well I had no choice! The hardest part was no longer being part of the background. I moved to Halifax that same year. Getting a job was tough but my first job was at Stages 57 at the Holiday Inn at the Willow Tree. I’ve had many careers, too many to count but to name a few I’ve worked in restaurants/bars, for the Film Festival, ran a farm, trained horses and now work for Fedex.

I remember going to The Turret with RayMcClair?, JohnMarr, TommyMiller, DeneRoach, and RandyKennedy.

I will share a memory from the Turret (sorry not a naughty one but if you know me at all you won’t be surprised!): I remember having a gas barbecue on the fire escape that was out off the dance floor and the Fire Department came and closed the club down. Fire hazard!

I’m back living just outside Moncton but Halifax will always be my home. It’s where I spent my youth and made so many long term friends and memories I will keep forever.2

Danny's obituary reads: He was 20 years old when he moved to Halifax and got his first job. Between then and retirement from FedEx? in the fall of 2022 Danny had many different jobs and wore many hats. You might have worked with him at the Keg, the Economy Shoe Shop or the Bermuda Film Festival. Maybe you hired his landscaping company - Trimmin’ Some Bush. You were sure to see Danny in his many roles in the film/music and entertainment industries of Nova Scotia over the years. If you were lucky you may have spotted him teaching folks how to milk a cow for the Dairy Farmers of Canada, or driving a school bus full of kids, always with a smile (and sometimes with a colorful word). If you were lucky enough to be counted as one of his friends, do him the honor of throwing a great dinner party and enjoy it fully! Memorial donations can be made to the animal rescue of your choice.3

Please join us to celebrate the wonderful life of Danny Coneen on Saturday, October 14th at 1:00pm to 4:00pm at Maven Hill Farm, 376 Centrale St., Memramcook, NB. More information available at https://fb.me/e/2THre839R

For Danny's Nova Scotia friends and Family please join us on Sunday, October 29th at 1:00pm to 4:00pm at The Local Restaurant & Bar. https://facebook.com/events/s/celebration-of-life-for-danny-/280794928180124/?mibextid=RQdjqZ

Photo: from AnniIsenor's photos of the 1981 CowBayPicnic as presented by RegGiles in his photo set of the event.


2. Written by Dan Coneen himself, 2022-05