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Journal Entry: Fri Dec 16, 2016, 5:09 AM

Hello.  This is not Damien.  I’m his friend and next door neighbor.  He requested that I publish a journal to his DeviantArt account on his behalf.  He also instructed me not to pussy foot around the topic.  

A few weeks ago, Damien went to sleep and did not wake up in the morning.  There was no funeral, nor a service.  He was cremated and his ashes mixed with his dogs.  The combined remains were given to his niece.

Without getting sappy, I’d like to say a few words before leaving because I haven’t really had the opportunity to say just how wonderful he was to anyone other than his closest relatives.  Damien was, by far, one of the best people I knew.  He always had a kind compliment, a story of outrageous shenanigans, a listening ear, and a glass of whiskey.  You could count on him for anything and he’d drop everything to help someone out.

I miss him terribly, and hated holding this information back from his friends here on DeviantArt, but it was his request that I wait until today to post the news.  He died as he lived; peacefully and on his own terms.

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LadyBrookeCelebwen Featured By Owner May 8, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
It's taken me far too many months to think of anything to say, and I still can't think of anything good, but I'm glad he died on his own terms and peacefully. He was one of the first people to really make me feel welcome in the lit community, and five months later, I still think of him when going through my inbox.
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WhiskeyDreamer Featured By Owner May 1, 2017   Writer
I miss you terribly.  Be at peace my brother.
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angelenroute Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2017  Professional Writer
Heart
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jaybirdy07 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sorry to hear that. May he rest in peace.
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SonAmyFan362 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017  Professional Writer
My condolences.
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Uber-Dan Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
I'm sorry to hear about your loss.
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Lilyas Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2017  Professional General Artist
The way you decribe it he consciously decided to go that night. So I guess he was finished with his work on this planet. I am very sorry for your loss.
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Andorada Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2017
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:rose::rose:
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Di-et-Cok-e Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's horrible 
i bet he was a great man 
im sorry for your lost
may he rest in peace ❤️
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TheBrassGlass Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2017  Professional General Artist
Goodness. I drifted away from the lit community here for a variety of reasons, but there are still a number of people I think of fondly; he is one of them. Hope he's at one with his better thoughts now, far from the pains and drags of day-to-day life. Be at peace.
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TreePencil Featured By Owner Edited Jan 5, 2017
Oh my gosh, that's so sad... 

Rest In Peace, darling. :rose:
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hopeburnsblue Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2017  Professional Writer
Ohmygod ... I loved him ... :'(
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PennedinWhite Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
I still can't think of anything to say...

Heartbreaking
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Yuukon Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2016   Photographer
Rest well, dear Grim. We'll all miss you so much.. :(
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MiniDirenSushi Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
May he rest in peace...
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Cole-the-FNAF-Ninja Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
That's terrible...
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ShadowedAcolyte Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016
We'll keep fighting and drinking in your name, bud.
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SakuraForest Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2016
I remember messaging him when I wanted to recommend a friend for a  Daily Deviation... he was so nice, and really enthusiastic. He was a good person, I hope he's at peace.
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GeorgeXVII Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2016   Traditional Artist
I have no words , RIP ! :(
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WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2016
Oh my God! I'm so very sorry. I have watched Grim since shortly after he joined DA. We did a collab together and won second in a contest. He was always there to chat or give encouragement. I've been away and not logging in for a couple weeks, so I just came across this journal. My heart is breaking and am in shock.

Thank you for letting his watchers know :sadangel:
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HugQueen Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016   Writer
I have no words. Rest in peace, Grim. ♥
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ShadowedAcolyte Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016
this
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Sleepy-Hitsuji Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awful to hear, but I'm sure that he is up there with a glass or two of whiskey.
I learnt so much from him, and I will always appreciate that.

R.I.P 
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Such sad news - such a wonderful person. Let's hope he has peace now. :heart:
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Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
My condolences. Grim was always very kind and guiding to me. It was flattering to me when he told me way back when we CV'd together that he looked up to me for some things, Damien was a trooper and a human community rallying point, he will be missed.
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BeccaJS Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2016   Writer
I was thinking, I know Damien was very very fond of dogs. Is there a local dogs charity that we could maybe donate to in his honour? If so, please can you send me some details?

thank you
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TuesdayNightCompany Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016
Oh. Distressingly sudden...
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illuminara Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
This is sad news. :( I'll have a drink in you're honor. 
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BeccaJS Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016   Writer
There was a Gin for you last night Grim. I know I kicked your butt a few times, but you were still always a fond friend. :heart:
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ithaswhatitisnt Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Rest in peace, dear friend. :heart:
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megan24601 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2016  Professional Writer
I'm so saddened to hear about this. Damn, did I love Grimmsy. He knew how to cultivate fun while encouraging us all to improve our skills as writers and artists.

Grimmsy, I hope wherever you are now, you're surrounded by an endless supply of dogs and Jameson. I will so, so miss you.
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CelticStrm-Stock Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am so sorry. :( I really enjoyed getting to know him on the CV team, and my heart is broken hearing this news. 
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
:(

Respects.

Thank you for so thoroughly honouring his wishes.
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SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Jesus Christ 2016, get your shit together. Rest well, fellow writer.
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QuiEstInLiteris Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2016  Professional Writer
Goddamnit, Grim.
I just kind of figured he would always be around DA.
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TheBrokenBride Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2016
Fuck. Thank you for telling us, and I hope you'll let us know if you need anything.
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GillianIvy Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I knew him as Grimface242.  We always popped up in the same places on dA, friends in the same circles.  Though we never had much in the way of a direct friendship.  Many of my friends who knew him are very saddened.  Just want to give my condolences to his friends and loved ones.  Truly sorry for your loss.
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xlntwtch Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2016   Writer
This is sad news. But we'll let go, and celebrate all he's left with us.
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inkedacrylic Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2016   General Artist
R.I.P :(
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JZLobo Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Damn. His was a screen name I thought I would always see floating around on DA. Rest in peace.
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LadyLincoln Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Prayers to his family at this painful time. His loss is deeply felt. :heart:
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PHarold Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is such sad news.
My condolences to his family and friends,live and virtual.
Rest in peace, Damien.
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Exillior Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't even know what to say. My heart is broken. :'(
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The-Monoblos Featured By Owner Edited Dec 16, 2016  Professional Writer
Byebye Grim, I remember when you came on to the site (I'd just started myself) and we had a wonderful few conversations - since then I know I haven't seen you much but you were always around in some way or another. You had a great taste in drinks.
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SavageFrog Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope that Jesse & Grimsy's lil princess are ok. This doesn't feel real.
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PinkyMcCoversong Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2016  Professional Writer
We frequently didn't see eye to eye, but I hope you have all the booze you can drink up there in the clouds.
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Waddledom Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Rest in peace.... I did no know him nor will I ever get to now but my condolences and sorrows are here for his friends and family rest in peace....
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fredreindl2019 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2016  Student General Artist
Go rest high on that mountain, Damien.
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CRG-Free Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
I am sorry to hear this. I never knew him but had heard of him as his kindness reached to members that had never seen his page.
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BlazeKitty00 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've never known him, but I wish his family and friends the best of luck getting this down. He sounds like such a great person.
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