Daniel Densch, 47
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SOUTH BERWICK -- Daniel Densch, cherished husband, beloved friend to many and talented film editor passed away on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, at home in South Berwick, in the arms of his loving wife, Arilda. It had been 14 months since a diagnosis of stage four esophageal cancer, which he had fought bravely through pain with good cheer. He was 47 years old.
Dan was born on March 23, 1965, to Beverly Kuzman of Chicago and Bill Kapolas, a recent Greek immigrant. They were unable to keep the baby and he was adopted with kindness by Beverly's brother Carl and his wife, Helga. When Dan was four years old, Carl and Helga divorced and Helga took Dan to her home in Berlin, Germany. Summers were spent in the United States with Carl and his second wife, Mary and their daughters.
Growing up in Germany, Dan developed an unstoppable love of soccer, which he played and watched with great joy and enthusiasm. Soccer would bring him much happiness, strength and comfort and many wonderful friends throughout his lifetime.
In 1982, at age 17, Dan moved back to the United States and attended the University of New Hampshire in Durham, graduating with a degree in Physics.
In 1992 Dan met his future wife, Arilda Elskus, at a Contra-dance on top of Mount Agamenticus. In 1995 they wed and soon after became the Resident Site Overseers at Historic New England's Hamilton House in South Berwick. The 12 years spent at this lovely riverside property were full of happy times and featured a memorable annual Garlic Harvest Party for which the couple became known.
In 1995 Dan began a self taught career as an editor. He loved the independence of working for himself at home, contracting with several area producers over the years, most notably Steve Sanger of Sanger Communications in Portsmouth, N.H., with whom he became close friends. Dan also created short films, the most well known being the Garlic Harvest Party capers. More recently Dan fully produced many short clips for the website of The Timberland Company of Stratham, N.H. He greatly enjoyed this creative challenge and the wonderful folks at Timberland.
In the fall of 2011, after Dan was diagnosed with cancer and had emergency back surgery, a group of close friends including people from Timberland, organized 'Friends of Dan' to conduct fundraising for Dan and Arilda, an act of incredible kindness. This past October the wonderful care from the community continued as the couple became the first recipients of the Harvest Raiser at Old Fields Farm in South Berwick, an annual local fundraiser organized to help area families struggling with health issues. Dan's openly loving, positive and joyful personality will never be forgotten by anyone who had come to know him, from friends to shopkeepers, to the excellent team of doctors and nurses at Mass General in Boston who took such good care of him.
Dan is survived by his wife of 17 years, Arilda Elskus Densch; Carl and Mary Densch of Sarasota, Fla.; half-sisters, Jennifer, Jessica and Laura and their husbands and children; Helga Densch of Berlin, Germany; his birth mother and her husband, Beverly and Steve Kuzman of Sarasota, and Dan's birth father and his wife, Bill and Harriet Kapolas of Mesa, Ariz.
A memorial service will take place on the grounds of Hamilton House in South Berwick on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 2 p.m. Crematory services provided by Direct Cremation of Maine.
In lieu of flowers please donate in Dan's memory to:
The Center for Wildlife
P.O. Box 620
Cape Neddick, Maine 03902
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Nov. 25, 2012