Daniel M. Slabinski, 52 of Whitefield died suddenly at his home early May 2. Born in New Jersey, he was the son of Mary (Matusik) Slabinski and Michael Slabinski. He had resided in New Hampshire since 2008.
Much of his childhood he lived in Rhode Island and attended area schools there. In 1978, the family moved to Maple Avenue in Middleton where he completed his education. That home held a special place in his heart as he later told colorful stories that usually ended with “And many a good time was had by all”. He paid a visit just to see it and reminisce about old times whenever he was in the area.
Dan, or Danny (but never Daniel for that meant he was in BIG trouble) worked several occupations as he grew-- including hospitality, machine shop, graveyard, and scalloping. He was also a long-time employee of Goglia’s Market in Bristol. There he developed a friendship with Vic and Anne that lasted until his death. His true passion turned out to be cooking; something he credited to his beloved “Grams” whose every-day and holiday meals and gatherings were “Epic” and were at the root of some of his fondest memories and stories. He then worked in several restaurants in both Rhode Island and later in New Hampshire. He was always quick to clarify that he was “Not a chef”, but those who enjoyed his “Good squishy” knew better. He retired very much against his will in 2011 due to medical reasons but continued to share his passion with family and friends.
Dan counted many as his friend and if he did so they were likely a friend for life. He also had a deep passion for music—particularly 80’s rock and he attended loads of concerts as a younger man.
He never missed a Patriots game. He couldn’t wait to go fishing. He enjoyed darts, reptiles, and his fish tank. He has a love of dragons, swords, knives, and throwing stars—with which he had some of his grandchildren convinced that “Grumpa” was a secret ninja. He was the go-to-guy if you wanted to know anything about music, food, famous folks, television, or movies. He often said with a smile that he was “chock-full of useless knowledge”.
Dan was a black and white cut and dried kinda man. He had a special knack for helping friends and family see through the gray and get down to “the bottom line” and he usually finished with “You picking up what I’m laying down?” Or “Don’t sweat the small stuff.”
By his own words, his greatest accomplishment in life was his children and he was their Number one fan. He is survived by them: Kirsten Slabinski and her children Carter and Aleya Dolan of New Bedford, MA; and his son Shawn Slabinski of Groveton, NH. He is also survived by his sister Dawn Morin and her children Nicole and Nathan Eastman (formerly of NH)—all of Littleton Colorado.
He is also survived by his long-time partner and friend Rochelle King of Whitefield NH, and her children Bridgette Chateauneuf of Lancaster, Darcee Vespucci of Bethlehem, and Matthew King of Whitefield; as well as 6 more grandchildren Payton, Trinitee, Talon, Vander, Aurorah, and Levi. He counted them all as his own and he made their tough times a little easier and their good times a bit more fun.
He was predeceased by his mother Mary Slabinski of Twin Mountain in 2012.
Dan’s wishes were to be cremated and scattered about where possible. He was quite vocal and very firm that there should be “No tears”. Instead, there should be good music, good food, good stories, and everyone should raise a glass. To honor his wishes--an official memorial service will not be held. Instead, there will be a celebration of life at an outdoor BBQ in each of his home states in late Summer—date to be announced later.
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