Family Tribute:Daniel Hal Crisman (Danny)
Hometown: South Montrose, Pennsylvania
Danny was a wonderful son. Having Danny for a son and friend has been the greatest gift life has given me. A son is a maker of memories, a special source of pride. A son is love.
Danny always had a contagious smile, laughing eyes, and his soft-spokenness put everyone at ease. Danny had a very special way of touching the soul of everyone he met.
Danny had many interests and mastered them all: art, guitar, poetry, photography, writing, landscaping, and even fixing automobiles. He was also an avid reader and had a geat love for the outdoors. Danny’s grasping of knowledge and eagerness to learn always made him a winner.
We will all miss the smile that could melt your heart.
Thank you for being the best son ever.
MomDaniel H. Crisman: In Love With the Big City
He came from the small town of South Montrose, Pa., but he was enchanted by the inexhaustible mysteries and wonders of New York. Daniel Crisman soaked in everything about the city.
Mr. Crisman, 25, felt he was on a roll. He had labored as a carpenter in New Jersey, but yearned for something more certain and less seasonal. He found a job as a temp at Marsh & McLennan. On Sept. 1, after a year of tentative status, he was made a permanent employee as a training coordinator.
When he learned the good news, he was ecstatic, flashing one of his trademark smiles. 'He really felt like he had made it,' said his girlfriend, Danielle Zazula. 'He felt he had achieved a level of success in his life.'
Art was another side of him. He met Ms. Zazula at a poetry workshop where both of them read some of their work. They shared so many interests, including admiration for Charles Bukowski. For two years, they lived together in Chelsea.
More recently, Mr. Crisman had set aside poetry and embraced photography, taking pictures of flowers and leaves. He also created collages, mixing his photographs with images he cut out of magazines and wrappers and bottle caps he found on the streets of the city that so inspired him.