Farewell to the Correspondent from Port Hope

danchristieThis is how Dan Christie portrayed himself to his face book friends, his latest profile pic. Dan died at home Wednesday evening.

How apt; a shot of Peter Sellers, an enigma to all of his supporters and friends. No one knew what face or character Peter would play next. Very much like the Dan Christie we all knew.

Not knowing the reason Dan chose this pic, we can only guess but this is a shot from a movie called “I’m all right Jack”. Wikipedia describes the movie thusly: “The film is a satire on British industrial life in the 1950s. The trade unions, workers and bosses are all seen to be incompetent or corrupt to varying degrees. The film is one of a number of satires made by the Boulting Brothers between 1956 and 1963. The title is a well-known English expression indicating smug and complacent selfishness, with an implied “fuck you!”.

How else can we describe the public persona of Dan.

We at the BR would like to say to Marnie, his wife, and his children – thank you for helping us have Dan for as long as we did. All of the arrangements have not been confirmed yet but this guy deserves a big turnout whenever the family decide to celebrate his life, he cannot be allowed to go quietly into the night.

5 comments for “Farewell to the Correspondent from Port Hope

  1. mike wladyka
    May 5, 2017 at 11:04 am

    Nicely said Ben.
    Actually, Dan’s avatar was based on another Peter Seller’s character,
    President “Merkin Muffley” from the movie “Dr Strangelove”
    Dan changed it to “Merklin” because, as he said, spelling doesn’t
    count. He was the first renaissance railroader I ever met.

  2. Pragmatist
    May 5, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    There will never again be another Merklin Muffley. I learned more from Dan about local politics and life in general from interacting with him here and other places than many others I knew much better. I learned that being a cynic was evidence of an active and engaged mind and to be straightforward and cut through the bullshit. I will miss him greatly.

  3. Laurence Stevenson
    May 5, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    He certainly, for all his curmudgeonly attitude, was a ‘cool dude’. Interesting and informative. A significant loss to the neighborhood.

  4. Nancy Hooper
    May 6, 2017 at 10:06 am

    Your remark to the family is one of the loveliest tributes I have ever read. It must be devastating to lose a kindred spirit in the written word. Mr. Christie will long be remembered and sorely missed.

  5. Arline Smith
    May 6, 2017 at 11:55 am

    Dan was a breath of fresh air in local politics. Whilst I didn’t always agree with him, he more often than not challenged my to re-evaluate my position on certain issues. He was never afraid to express his opinion and never pulled-his-punches; Dan’s passing will leave a large hole in our community and I will miss him. My condolences to his family on their loss.

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