New York fan Danny Lieberman died of leukemia on October 19. He had been sick since 2011, but had not wanted to share that on social media.
Lieberman attended and worked on many conventions: his service included leading the Facilities Division at Bucconeer, the 1998 Worldcon, and the “Tardis and Couch Division” at Millennium Philcon, the 2001 Worldcon.
He was so very welcoming when I moved east in 2004. Joe Siclari & Edie Stern hosted a party while I was staying with them; Danny gifted me with a T-shirt from the G line.
After receiving a bone marrow transplant this past May, he knew to expect a 6-month recovery period from that. His goal was to be in Philly for Smofcon 30. He told me that when I saw him in early July. I came home and sent in my own Smofcon registration. While I’d hoped to attend anyway, I knew darned well that if Danny made it there, I sure as hell wanted to be there to celebrate that.
Now we will instead raise a glass in his memory. Many glasses, actually. No doubt.
Friend of the family here and an infrequent visitor. I’m saddened by that. He never wanted to pressure people about himself, and tried to engage in good feelings.
I missed him at the Worldcon, and will miss him at any other convention I attend.
Glasses? Not Danny.
I had not been aware that it was leukemia that Danny was suffering from, but it seems a good time to remind people that while a bone marrow transplant apparently did not help Danny, marrow donation could potentially help many others. One can join the National Marrow Donor Program here: http://marrow.org/Home.aspx
Andrew Porter passed along this information from Facebook:
Danny requested that donations be made to:
Bike New York http://www.bikenewyork.org/
Transportation Alternatives http://www.transalt.org/
Times Up http://times-up.org/
Ethical Culture Society http://www.nysec.org/
A scholarship is being set up for Sci-fi.
Please contact Mary Cunningham, Stuyvesant H.S alumni Association