In Memoriam - Danny Grant

Oct 14, 2015 at 12:16
by Blue Mountain Bike Park  
In Memoriam - Danny Grant
(left) Danny Grant on a trip to Calabogie Peaks, Ontario in 2007 (right) Danny with his son Keith at Whistler earlier this summer

It is with heavy hearts that we say farewell to a longtime pass holder, friend, father and husband.

On Saturday, October 10 at roughly 5:30 pm, Danny Grant, age 58 from Georgetown, Ontario, passed away following an accident on Blue Mountain's Haole trail. Not only was Danny a longtime Bike Park pass holders, but he was also well known and considered to be a friend by many of the Lift Attendants, Patrol Team, Trail Crew and Bike Shop staff. Danny was riding alone at the time of the incident, and was found with no vital signs by another rider who immediately notified Trail Crew and Patrol. Patrollers responded and began CPR, but were unable to resuscitate him.

In Memoriam - Danny Grant
A group of more than 20 riders, including Danny's son Keith, gathered together on Closing Day at Blue Mountain to ride in honour of his memory

As news of the accident broke on social media, many fellow riders began to share their condolences and words of support. A somber mood hung over the Bike Park on Sunday, but throughout the day a small memorial started to take shape at the top of Haole. Flowers were placed by riders who knew Danny, and by others who simply wanted to pay their respect to him, his family and his loved ones. Danny's son Keith returned to the trails on Monday morning for Closing Day where he was joined by more than 20 fellow riders for a group ride in honour of Danny. The support shown for Danny's family by our local biking community following the accident was overwhelming to say the least. The weekend, and the 2015 season, was capped off with one final group run down H2O, just the way we felt that Danny would have wanted it.

Keep it rubber side down, Danny.

In Memoriam - Danny Grant
The memorial at the top of Haole on closing weekend

"This has really been a tough few days, I know it has been for everyone. I remember Danny arriving on the scene, with the idea that 'Hell, if I'm going to be here with Keith, I might as well race.' So many moments and memories, from Horseshoe to Fortune to the innumerable times at Blue (buzzing his rear tire and Danny giving me a hard time). Watching on the chair, doing runs through the dump with John, amazed at what a great rider he'd become. He was always a pleasure to be around and I'll miss him from the lift line, the parking lot, the race lineup, just knowing he would be there. It's also about the immensely positive mark he left with all of us." - Brian MacDonald

"Such a great guy! Always enjoyed his conversation in line, on the gondola or in ski season. He was an inspiration to be an active dad and take your kids everywhere you go. So happy on life! What a loss! My condolences to his family. You will be missed!" - Paul Wojciechowski


25 Comments

  • + 18
 I really hope the mountain names his favorite trail "Danny 's Run"... Would be a fitting thing to do would always remind us of Danny and his legacy.
  • + 3
 this is a good idea
  • + 15
 Such a loss for the Blue Mountain scene. Although I didn't personally know Danny, it is always a shame to hear a loss of this nature. Rest in peace Danny, hope the trails up there are sick!
  • + 7
 As a father this kinda story really gives me pause. It's a risky sport, but one that inspires passion, which is obvious when you see a guy pushing 60 still shredding. I get stoked thinking that I too could be riding for decades, and possibly with my girls which would be incredible. Sounds like this guy was livin' the dream. I hope Blue will do the right thing and immortalize Danny, who obviously had a great impact on the community.
  • + 5
 My daughter's (8yo) first ever DH day was that weekend, I hope to be able to share the passion and enjoyment I have for the sport with her, like Danny and Keith were able to share. My sympathies towards all who loved, respected and admired him. I have an alternate suggestion for his immortalization; Keith's favourite run should be renamed "Danny's Legacy"
  • + 5
 Miss you Danny. Every run, every trail we shared won't be the same. Thank you for life lessons, and shredding up "the dump" at Fortune. Our last run together is in my thoughts every day. Hope BM changes the run name to Danny's Run. Many would love that. RIP my friend. "Rubber side down".
  • + 5
 I knew Danny as a fellow racer, as well as a friend. He was the nicest guy you could meet, and we always managed a hug and a ride together whenever we would meet at Blue mtn. I too ride with my son, and know what a special bond riding and racing together can create. So glad Danny and Keith were able to ride at Whistler together earlier this summer. My sincerest condolences to Keith and his family.
  • + 7
 Danny was a true gentleman and tremendous human being, he will be sadly missed
  • + 5
 He was easily one of my favourite people at the races! Always happy, regardless of what happened, and just so excited to be riding! Great guy, we'll miss you Danny. RIP
  • + 8
 Rip in peace brother.
  • + 7
 RIP Danny! Keith keep up your Dad's legacy and pass it on.
  • + 7
 RIP Danny! You'll be missed by many
  • + 5
 Condolences to Danny's family.....thoughts are with everyone related to him and that knew him. RIP
  • + 6
 My thoughts go out to Danny's family and friends so sorry for your loss.
  • + 6
 great guy, he will be missed Rip Danny
  • + 6
 Wow. Hits close to home. Thoughts are with his family and friends.
  • + 2
 I didn't know Danny but can relate to the close to home as I live in the same town and this was not at all the front page news I ever expected to see in the local paper. My sympathies to his son Keith and the rest of his family and friends. Just from that picture he looks like one of those guys who would be buddies with anyone, and by the comments he was. RIP.
  • + 2
 Fantastic guy who loved the mountain lifestyle, both green season and winter - always wearing a smile, and always stoked to chat with you about the sports he was so passionate about. Hadn't been able to catch up to him for a couple years, but he's fondly remembered. Condolences to Keith and family.
  • + 5
 RIP sir. our community is 1 less now.
  • + 3
 Heartfelt condolences to Keith, his family and those closest to Danny. Ontario's downhill cycling community has lost someone near and dear to their hearts. Ride in peace...
  • + 6
 Rip Danny.
  • + 3
 RIP Danny. I had the opportunity to ride with him a few years ago at blue. Always a positive fun guy to be around.
  • + 3
 RIP Danny. May your legacy live on!
  • + 3
 RIP Danny, keep on shreading!!!!!
  • + 3
 RIP dan

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