- Robert Dansker
Robert Seth Dansker passed away on April 23, 2018. After being diagnosed with brain cancer, he beat the odds and lived for six additional and amazing years. He was a national ballroom dance champion, loved the Spanish culture, played multiple instruments, found nature to be a sanctuary, and was a natural philosopher and a true romantic. He had high standards and enormous self-discipline. He set lifelong goals, and his ability to meet them was remarkable. He accomplished things by committing to devoted and daily practice. He broke things down to their basic elements and practiced them over and over again — the Spanish language, a variety of musical instruments, and his dance routines. He was particularly careful of how he spent his time, focusing only on the things he loved most, sometimes disappointing people when he declined their invitations. His willingness to listen to and respect himself was a lesson to us all.
He loved the outdoors and bought all the latest gear, primarily for its light weight or compact size, only to sell it on Craigslist to get the next best thing. He meticulously planned his trips, taking into account the time of year, the weather, the busy season and the black fly situation. He preferred the off-season and loved the subtle changes of March and April (trillium!) and October and November (bug-free!). He loved to travel and had many trips planned for the future: Spain, Argentina, Iceland, the Allagash, Saranac Lake and the Bog River.
He was an excellent cook with no fear of spices, meats or new recipes. As a matter of fact, he often made up recipes and quite frequently could not replicate them. He was curious, loved to read and retained a ton of information. Essentially, he was wicked smart. His references to significant places, people or events during casual conversations were a bit overwhelming for some, yet he connected deeply with people and developed valued friendships. He was an inspiration.
“There is pride in accomplishment at the cost of terror in the process.” —Robert Seth Dansker, 2016.
Rob leaves behind his beloved Sandy Klima, as well as Jamie, AJ and Zoe Aponas, Judy, Anna, Anders and Kuba Thelemark, Denise and Ben Sanders, Dolores Cox, Norman Carpenter, Susan Dansker, Matt and Jon Bogaty, Chetta Vecchione, and many others.
If you want to honor Rob, volunteer for maintenance of the Long Trail, take a dance lesson, learn a new language, improve your posture, pick up a new instrument, read the New York Times, or set a goal and don’t quit until it is done.