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Daniel De Gale, who died on 8 October, 2008, aged 21, was a former leukaemia patient who helped promote much-needed bone marrow donations from the black community.The severe shortage of black donors when Daniel was diagnosed with the cancer at the age of six inspired his parents - Beverley De Gale and Orin Lewis - to found the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust with the aim of increasing the number of people from ethnic minorities on the UK Bone Marrow Register.The charity was successful in recruiting donors from the police force, fire brigade and at universities and colleges. Volunteers worked tirelessly to raise awareness of the need for donors and staged recruitment registration clinics across the UK, focussing on towns and cities with a large black population. They also supported families suffering because of leukaemia.They were helped during the 1990s by celebrities such as black footballers John Barnes, Ian Wright and John Fashanu, pop stars the Sugababes and Beverley Knight, the actor Colin Salmon and the Duchess of York.As he grew up, Mr De Gale became a spokesman for the organisation and appeared frequently on television to talk about his ordeal.Recently the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust reported that the number of black people on the UK Bone Marrow Register had risen by nearly 300%, from 550 in 1995 to 15,500.Mr De Gale's own battle against cancer was long and difficult, undergoing chemotherapy and suffering two relapses between 1993 and 1999. He was eventually able to beat the disease when a suitable donor was found in America. After a successful bone marrow transplant, he resumed a normal life and completed his education.He died from an illness unrelated to cancer.The charity released a statement in tribute to him and said the charity’s work would continue: “This beautiful boy inspired so many of us and we will continue to illuminate the path, with his light, so others may be guided to safety. In this life there are those sent to us to manifest wisdom, action and bring joy; Daniel was one of those spirits.“The pain we are all feeling right now reflects the love he generated in so many of us. Not a love of celebrity or fame, but a love of life and ultimately this gift of life we have all been given. Beautiful Daniel De Gale, it has been an honour and the purest of pleasures to know you and call you a friend. Peace.”The African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust worked closely with another bone marrow charity, the Anthony Nolan Trust. Ann-Margaret Little said: "It's so distressing to learn of Daniel's death. He was an inspiration for our work in partnership with Beverley and Orin and the ACLT."Daniel helped motivate hundreds of individuals, particularly from minority populations, to join The Anthony Nolan Trust's bone marrow register. Many of these donors will go on to provide life-saving transplants for patients throughout the world."


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I was sad to...

I was sad to hear that my good friend from primary school had passed away.Daniel was a inspiration to others that knew him and will be sadly missed.Not only by his family and friends but by the nation.I still remember what a good laugh Daniel was.I remember when i went on a school trip PGL with him and he was what made the trip fun.My heart goes out to his family and if ever you should want to contact me please feel free.
A last goodbye we did not say,
In our hearts you will always stay.
Karen Clark.x

By KAREN CLARK on 26 Jan 2009

You and your friends...

You and your friends (Jess and co) made me laugh and smile during teaching sessions as I remember you all trying to side track me about taking me on X Factor instead of doing Human Physiology.
You are going to be missed greatly but if you gave me one happy memory just think of all the amazing memories you have given to a whole heap of people young and old over the years. I have learnt so much from you by reading your story by way of determination, courage and humour your a total inspiration for everyone.
You touched the hearts of many and Im sure London Met is going to feel empty without you but you have done so much for everyone else it is your time to rest now so rest peacefully Daniel you will never be forgotton.
God Bless
Ian Guyah-Low (Former Lecturer@London Met).

By ian guyah-low on 27 Oct 2008

Hey there we are...

Hey there we are just stoppin by n showin luv we're sorry for ur lost and we are so sad to read about daniels passing daniel made such a difference to people who registered for the donor showing much love and care

yours sincerely marfo family

By nanaagera marfo on 24 Oct 2008

Dear Beverley and Orin...

Dear Beverley and Orin
I was so shocked to hear of Daniel's passing, you have all been such an inspiration to us all in the way you all fought to improve Daniel's health. I have just watched the funeral coverage on ITV in tears, my heart goes out to you all. I will remember the De Gale family in my prayers, I cannot imagine the pain you are all suffering but I pray the Lord will comfort and give you all strength. Your wonderful son has left us all a great legacy. He may be gone but he will never be forgotten. May God bless and keep you all and may light perpetually shine on Daniel until you all meet again. God Bless you.

By Una Hayles on 24 Oct 2008

Its is often said...

Its is often said all the world is a stage we all play our roles. Daniel de Gale for me his life his family have been a true inspiration for people to unite for a common goal. Daniel you will continue to live on in all our hearts.

The bud may have the bitter taste but sweet shall be the flower, tears may endure for many nights but joy shall come in the morning. In celebration of your life Daniel and the good that you and your loving family have given us in our memories, deeds and actions you live on.

Phillip McKane

By Phillip McKane on 24 Oct 2008

I have just returned...

I have just returned from holiday this morning, and was catching up with the British News. I was extremely shocked to learn that Daniel had passed away.

Both I and my partner on behalf of our company would like to send our sincere condolences to the De-Gale family. Stay strong God is by your side.

God Bless you!!
Angela Dixon.(East London)

By Angela dixon on 24 Oct 2008

Daniel de Gale an...

Daniel de Gale an inspiration. You've gone home. Rest well.

Sonia

By Sonia Tennant on 16 Oct 2008

When I first heard...

When I first heard about Daniel I prayed every day for someone to step forward to help, and when someone did I was ever so Happy. However this has changed to great sadness as someone so bright so talanted has past. Daniel will be greatly missed by all he has touched so many hearts and left such a impact on everyone. lets hope many Black families out there will step forward each day to help the community. My heart goes out to danials family at such a sad time like this. Daniel may have left but his sprit will always live on in us all. God Bless you all.

By samantha foster on 16 Oct 2008

My deepest condolences are...

My deepest condolences are sent to the De Gale family. I was overjoyed to hear that a donor was found and thought he was out of the woods. I am so saddened to hear of his passing when he was just blooming. Your efforts brought me to register with the donor sheme and I will continue to encourage others to do so.
Daniel was a beautiful young man, with a precious smile that we shall never forget. As a mother myself, I would like you to know that you remain in the thoughts, hearts and prayers of many.
I know that you will remain blessed with the memories, the joy, the source of pride and the purpose that Daniel brought and will continue to bring to your lives. I wish you and yours peace and strength.

By kay willis on 14 Oct 2008

Its a hard time...

Its a hard time 4 n e 1 to lose sum1 so close 2 der herts. Daniel was such a great inspiration 2 everi1. i am so proud to have red all i have bout our fallen soilder. much loven od bless. x

By naa yeye ocquaye on 13 Oct 2008

Wow - Daniel de...

Wow - Daniel de Gale, you are 'living', powerful inspiration of this generation and beyond. We followed your public journey, were moved to tears by the passion of your words, are devastated by your death but most of all compelled to get up and DO something for this cause. Beverley, Orin and all his extended family and friends - what a wonderful job you did for this special young man; we're thinking of you all at this very difficult time, with much love.

By Shirley Cohen on 13 Oct 2008

I only heard about...

I only heard about Daniel's death today on the Dotun Adebayo show, I was totally stunned and shocked and found myself scrambling for the PC.

I will always remember Daniel's infectious smile, bravery, Humbleness, Kindness the list is endless.. My heart goes out to his family who fought tooth and nail to find a match for their son, Daniel legacy will no doubt live on both in our heart and spirit... He is now resting with the Angels looking down on us no doubt smiling and waving urging us to keep up the fight...

By shebup shebazz1 on 12 Oct 2008

I would like to...

I would like to express my heartfelt and very deepest condolences to the De Gale family at the loss of their son Daniel de Gale. When I heard the news of Daniel's passing I was shocked and saddened. I did not know him personally, but who doesn’t know about the work he had done with the ACLT.

Daniel, you were an inspiration to all. You helped create worldwide awareness of bone marrow donation among the black community. You were proof that you can give the gift of life. You helped remove the stigma attached to the subject. Beverly and Orin, you should be proud to have had such a wonderful son. Daniel is part of Black history and should be described as a pioneer. He will be remembered as one of those very special people born to make a difference on the world stage. He has left us, but his legacy will live on. R.I.P.

By Abimbola Alli on 12 Oct 2008

Although saddened by the...

Although saddened by the turn of events regarding Daniel; I have been truly blessed by knowing him and his family. He will always be a part of my heart. I know he is in total peace now. His love and spirit will continue to live on in those whose lives he has touched in the past and those yet to come. Daniel continues to make me smile through the experiences I have shared with him. I have determined to increase awareness of the bone marrow registry in the USA and where ever my travels take me - all because of Danie De-Gale.

May God continue to bless Bev, Orin, Dominique, and their worthy efforts to continue the good fight!

Auntie Dore

By Doreene Carney on 11 Oct 2008

Daniel had the ability...

Daniel had the ability to light up the room just by walking into it. His gorgeous smile and constant charm and cheekiness will always be remembered.
A most remarkable person, always thinking of others - I feel priveleged to have known you Daniel, I know you will be looking after us from heaven as you always did when you were here. My thoughts and warmest wishes go out to Daniel's family, he will be truly missed and though he is no longer with us, his legacy will live on forever.

By Becky Wadhams on 10 Oct 2008

I cannot describe my...

I cannot describe my shock and disbelief when I heard the news that Daniel passed away earlier this week. His mum Bev and dad Orin have been absolute stars highlighting the urgent need for more bone marrow donors to come forward from the black and ethnic minority community. Through my trade union (CWU) I am proud to have worked with the ACLT and this news will make us even more determined to make sure that awareness is heightened on this issue.

To Bev & Orin: may allah be with you in these terribly difficult times. my thoughts and the thoughts of the CWU Race Advisory Committee are with you.

Lots of love,
Fevzi Hussein

By Fevzi Hussein on 10 Oct 2008

Dear Daniel, Only been...

Dear Daniel,

Only been a few days since you've been gone. You've left loved ones and touched so many hearts. To us as young people you were a role model for fighters and survivors. To all of us that knew and supported you, you are always a survivor. We are all glad that you are now at peace and there is no more suffering.

God bless as your memory lives on in our hearts.

Mark, Bon and Jeremiah 09-10-08

By Mark-Aaron Goodridge on 10 Oct 2008

I've just finished reading...

I've just finished reading about Daniel's inspirational fight and his courage in the face of such great and terrible adversity - it has moved me beyond words.

You, Daniel, and your family, are in my thoughts and in my prayers.

Michael Winston

By Michael winston on 10 Oct 2008

May God rest his...

May God rest his soul in eternal peace and be with all of you especially at this time. Amen.
The help, support, encouragment, motivation and love given and shared by Daniel, Bev and Orin is an example of "special souls" in this world.
I am so sorry for your loss and will always remember the fantastic work (work of true angels) ACLT has done - you have raised the social conscience of many people, irrespective of ethnicity and saved lives.
For this, humanity owes you a great debt.
Daniel's life had purpose and he will always be remembered as an true angel who loved and shared.
Those directly and indirectly connected with Find The Time (FTT) are truly indebted to you all and you will always have a very special place in our heart and our prayers.
Nilufer Nasser. programme Director FTT.

By Nilufer Nasser on 10 Oct 2008

On behalf of my...

On behalf of my family to the De Gale family and Daniel's friends, sincere condolences to you all. May GOD give you all the strength you will need at this time to get through this very difficult time in your lives.

As a mark of respect for Daniel and the De Gale family, one minute silence will commence the Black Workers Group Meeting this morning at 10:00, which I chair for a Local Authority.

GOD BLESS YOU ALL

By Stella George-Duesbury on 10 Oct 2008

I was taken aback...

I was taken aback when I heard the news about the passing of Daniel De Gale. He was an inspiration, and I was always amazed by what appeared to be a humble and bright person who was always smiling, despite all that he had been through.
My heart goes out to Beverley and Orin, continue doing your work of raising the profile of leukaemia, bone marrow donation and Black and minority ethnic people becoming more involved in the registration process. God bless. x

By Ingrid Frederick on 10 Oct 2008

Daniel de Gale you...

Daniel de Gale you came to this earth on misson and you accomplish it. Thank you for doing God work.See you in heaven my angel.To Orin and Bev what can I say but stay stronger and continue the wonderful work you have been doing.God will give you strength to make it through the days. RIP Danel

By Femi Sonola on 09 Oct 2008

Deepest condolences to the...

Deepest condolences to the De Gale family.
I attended a few events raised by Orin and have grown to admire his strength and determination to put the point across to us all, regarding becoming donors.

Daniel was truly an inspiration to us all and I hope he rests peacefully at the right hand of the father Jesus Christ, as he is truly a saint that has left us.

My wife Judith and I are truly saddened by Daniels passing on and would like to let the De Gale family know that they are in our thoughts and prayers.

God bless you.

Lawrence Jones

By Lawrence Jones on 09 Oct 2008

We lost an Angel...

We lost an Angel on earth but he is with God in heaven where Daniel will suffer no more pain. This rare Gem will forever be in our memory. My condolence to his family and the Lord our comforter will console his Mum, Dad and Sister etc. Rest in Peace, the happy and wonder guy, Daniel.

By Abi Bolarinwa on 09 Oct 2008

My deepst sympathy for...

My deepst sympathy for the de Gale family. I prayed when Daniel was first diagnosed and rejoiced when a suitable doner was found.
God bless you Daniel and thank you. I know you have found comfort in god's arms.
R.I.P little angel. X

By mari taylor on 09 Oct 2008

May the lord bless...

May the lord bless you Daniel and keep you safe....You will always be in our heart...never forgotten....you give us hope and strenght to carry on your legacy...may we follow it through and open many more people's eyes....

May God Bless you
Beverly, Orin and family may the Lord keep you safe, in this time of sorrow....x.x.x

Gwen and family

In Derby

By Gwen Mills on 09 Oct 2008

Thinking of your smile...

Thinking of your smile has lightened a heavy heart. Our deepest heartfelt condolences go out to Bev, Orin, Dom, Jalani and family. And to all those who had the priviledge of being a part of such a gracious, humble young man's life. Daniel you have made such a difference to this world and will continue to do so through your legacy. Thank you for being you and all you have done for so many. How proud you must be to have nurtured such a fantastic young man Bev & family. How lucky you are to have so many memories of Daniel. Your strength will take you far through this difficult journey. You are all in our thoughts, now and forever. Keep smiling Daniel. Much love Carolyn, Shaun, Donna and Jessica xxxx

By carolyn benjamin on 09 Oct 2008

I have just heard...

I have just heard the awful news about Daniel. I never met this wonderful young man but I did meet his amazing parents. My daughter who was of mixed race needed a bone marrow donor. Beverly and Orin were there for us with their incredible drive and compassion. I will be forever greatful for this.

Thank you for trying to save my girl in your son's name. I am so so very sorry that you have joined me in grief for our children.

May they be together waiting for us to join them one day.

With love and compassion to you and all who loved this special boy.

Becki and Aubrey Josiah
Billie's mum and dad forever.

By Becki Josiah on 09 Oct 2008

So sad to hear...

So sad to hear about Daniel, my thoughs are with the de Gale famile
Daniel may you forever rest in peace, and may your memory live on you have inspired so many people

By Mo wu on 09 Oct 2008

Daniel, May the angels...

Daniel, May the angels welcome you with open arms, and peace be your eternal rest. You have been taken away from this life too soon, but have left an impression on so many hearts that will never be forgotten. Because of you many lifes has, and will be transformed.

Erica
Streatham

By Erica Martin on 09 Oct 2008

To Bev and family,...

To Bev and family,
I am feeling your pain at this present time after the loss of my cousin. Daniel will never be forgotten. He was a remarkable young man, handsome, charming, articulate and most of all he was unique in all ways. He will be surely missed.

God Bless

By Venessa Brown on 09 Oct 2008

What a brave kid...

What a brave kid although he probably didn't see himself as brave. We are often too quick to judge young people. Yes, there are some bad kids but they are far outweighed by people like Daniel. My heart goes out to his parents and family. To lose a child is terrible. I've just watched theninterview on tonight's ITV local news. His Mum & Dad have such dignity. Daniel will live on in their hearts. I wish them every good wish for the success of the trust and hope they can find peace and consolation in their lives.

By Geoff Salt on 09 Oct 2008

We were so shocked...

We were so shocked and devastated to find that your beautiful, brilliant,brave and courageous son has passed away. On behalf of my wife Karen and myself we pray that God overwhelms you with all his love and comforts you all throughout your lives.

The reasons why were so devastated at your son's death are that we had the privilege to have met you, your family and Daniel at your charity event in 2003, and you gave me the opportunity to become a bone marrow donor. I was honoured. This gave me the desire to give back to our community because of the love, passion, focus and determination displayed, to do whatever it took to give your son the best opportunity to live a full life. We commend you for this.

We know that God would have said to Daniel "WELL DONE MY GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT".

May GOD be with you and your family. May GOD be with everyone whom you, Daniel and your family has touched the lives since the time you launched this "Wonderful and Unique" Charity.

May you continue to be blessed; allowing GOD to comfort you forever.

Lots of love

Roy & Karen Jordan-Nicholls xxx

By Roy Jordan-Nicholls on 09 Oct 2008

I would like to...

I would like to say how so sorry I was to hear that Daniel is no longer with us. I first saw him when he was asking for donors. My thoughts and prayers are with the de Gale family - God bless you all

By Lorraine Woodbridge on 09 Oct 2008

Daniel, you are a...

Daniel, you are a shining star that will never grow dim. The first time i met you i was struck by your charm and composure for one so young. RIP Daniel, your name and cause will live on for a long time.

Sincere condolences to the Degale family

By Paula Shonuga on 09 Oct 2008

Sitting here with tears...

Sitting here with tears streaming down my face for the loss of a beautiful black young man.We all followed his life and was so happy to hear when a donor was found and that he was doing so well.I met his Mother on a railway station in South London and even though i was a complete stranger i stopped her and she took the time to stand and chat about her wonderful son.What a brave and wonderful family he comes from and shall always be rememebered as one of the best.God always wants the BEST..My thoughts are with you all..God Bless..Pam Henry,Balham London..

By Pamela Henry on 09 Oct 2008

Very very sad news...

Very very sad news like everyone who is hearing about daniels passing.my heart and prayers go out to his poor family.so sorry for your loss.x

By sarah hall on 09 Oct 2008

It is hard to...

It is hard to begin to express how I felt this morning when I heard this terrible news... my thoughts go out to all the family at this tough time. Daniel did more good with all your help in his short life than many will do in 100 years - I will always remember him as an inspirational young man. Love to you all. David

By David Moed on 09 Oct 2008

My thoughts and prayers...

My thoughts and prayers are with Daniel's family and loved ones at this difficult time. He was a very spirited student who meant so much to all of his peers. He will be sadly missed.
Kim Hutt (London Met lecturer).

By kim hutt on 09 Oct 2008

Daniel made such a...

Daniel made such a difference to the number of donors on the register. My daughter sadly died before the influx started, I wondered sometimes if it could have been different.
My heart goes out to Daniel's family and friends - this is a pain no parent should ever have to feel, especially as they have already been through so much. Believe as I do, our Angels will watch over us always until we meet again. They are only a whisper away. God bless and keep you
Gail - Meshael's Mum Forever

By Gail Richardson on 09 Oct 2008

So sad to read...

So sad to read about Daniel's passing on my mobile. We offer our sincere condolences to Beverley & Orin. Met you all in London about 9 years ago campaigning for the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust. Daniel was not a teenager yet. Daniel was a courageous young man and such an inspiration to all, both young and old. May his soul rest in peace, he's done his best, he was a shining light.
Edwards family - Nottingham

By Joi Edwards on 09 Oct 2008

Jesus wanted his little...

Jesus wanted his little angel. You worked so hard and you inspired people like me to join the register. Your memory will live on. Dawn Butler MP

By dawn Butler on 09 Oct 2008

Firstly I would like...

Firstly I would like to send my deepest condolences to the de Gale family and friends.

When I heard the news this morning I can't tell you how much my heart sank and the tears kept falling from my eyes. Of course I know that I can not experience the same pain you must be feeling at this time, but I want you to know that Daniel was a gift from God and came here to acomplish a mission in which he did suceed. Without him we (the black community) would still be in the dark about Leukemia.He made it possible for the black community to become more involved in giving blood and stopped the stigma attached to it.

Your son was a beautiful boy who matured into a beautiful man. He had such charisma and charm. I remember that adorable smile.

God bless you and your family.

Daniel you shall be in our hearts forever.

Stay blessed
Michelle Munroe X

By michelle munroe on 09 Oct 2008
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