I’m still processing the unexpected passing of one of my most memorable college roommates. My freshman year at Penn Stare Mont Alto Dan DiPaolo was a guy only known as “Bear” and everyone knew him. We became last minute roommates at University Park in the fall of 1984 and it proved to be one of the best years of my life (except for forgetting to go to school for one semester). Dan introduced me to an interesting cast of characters that truly enlightened my college experience, and if you ever had to opportunity to experience Pink Floyd “Animals” in its entirety with Dan, I promise you will never listen to the record the same way again. But more importantly he was always super thoughtful and caring; he came through a tough childhood, but he knew college would give him a great opportunity in life, and it did as his career proves. Ironically Dan’s serious health issues started with a broken toe, which led to more than a decade-long rollercoaster of debilitating problems, that came to an end on June 19.
Dan is memorialized in the brewery on our guided tour path, and lately I’ve been walking by him a bit more. That photo was taken on July 26, 1997. I had met Chris and John a few months earlier while writing an article on the brewery. We had about 8 guests staying at our house and it was sweltering hot. Troegs offered free samples and free air conditioning, and we spent a giant chunk of the afternoon there. John gave the tour and his dad took the photo because it was the biggest tour they had ever given in their first few months of business. Dan is on the left sporting the “whatever” t-shirt - so very Dan. He is survived by his cat Smokey.
There’s a go fund me page to help pay for Dan’s funeral. Search Dan DiPaolo.
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