In Loving Memory of
Daniel Andres "Danny" Vasquez
August 27, 1986 - July 4, 2004

Danny's Story

Daniel Andres Vasquez was born on August 27, 1986 at Columbus Hospital in Newark, New Jersey. He was my first born. My name is Aida Vasquez and his Dad's name is George Vasquez. He has a younger sister Stephanie Vasquez who is now 25 years old. Danny as we lovingly called him was a very happy and active baby. He was also very very smart. Danny started walking when he was 8 months old.
He never ever crawled. He just got up and dashed. Danny was extremely energetic and got into everything so he kept us going.

When Danny was 2 years old, I decided that it was time for daycare but I was worried that he would not like it there. Boy was I wrong! Danny went right in and told me "Bye Mommy, see you later." God how I cried! This marked the beginning of Danny's independence
and his zest for life.

I never had to teach him how to ride a bike, roller-skate, or even drive a car. He just knew how to do these things.
He loved the outdoors and lived his short life to the fullest.

This picture was taken on June 4, 2004, the day of Danny's prom. Mom is with him in this picture

Danny and his true love Marissa, ready for the prom.

These three special gifts for Angel Danny are from my friend Marie.
You can visit her website for her son Rob here ~ Rob Northrop's Site.

These are two beautiful and loving gifts for Angel Danny from my dear friend, Carol, mom to Angel Michael.

This lovely gift for Angel Danny is from my friend Janet.

I canít believe that you have been gone for thirteen years!
It feels like a lifetime ago and yet my heart aches as if it were yesterday.
There is not one second of the day that goes by that I donít think about you.
I miss you so much!
I still canít accept the fact that I will never see you again on this earth.
It is so hard to have to go on with life when yours is now over!
You were so young! You were not supposed to die at seventeen!
WHY? I ask over and over again. Why did this happen to you?
Why did I have to bury my first born son?
Why werenít you given the chance to live until your hair turned gray?
Why arenít you here to protect your sisters as most big brothers do?
Why will you never be able to go fishing with your Dad
and act silly as you both always did?
No matter how many times I ask, I get no answers.
I hope that when my time to leave this earth arrives,
God reveals to me why I had to bury my son.
For now, I have no choice but to live with all the memories.
They are all precious and I hold them deep inside my broken heart.
My beloved Danny, no matter how many years go by without you here,
I promise that I will always be the mother that loves and adores her son!
As always, I am here if you ever need me!!!!!
I Love You Danny!!!!!

In Loving Memory for my precious son
Danny A. Vasquez, 8/27/86 Ė 7/4/04
Submitted lovingly by Aida Vasquez

For the graphics on Danny's web page, I would definitely want things related to football, Angels, crosses because he loved crosses, butterflies, birds(doves) because he once told me that if he could be an animal he would want to be a bird so he could fly,
anything related to romance such as hearts, flowers because he was a very romantic person. His favorite color was blue.


The Dragonfly

Once, in a little pond, in the muddy water under the lily pads,
there lived a little water beetle in a community of water beetles.
They lived a simple and comfortable life in the pond
with few disturbances and interruptions.

Once in a while, sadness would come to the community
when one of their fellow beetles would climb the stem of a lily pad
and would never be seen again.
They knew when this happened; their friend was dead, gone forever.

Then, one day, one little water beetle felt an irresistible urge
to climb up that stem.
However, he was determined that he would not leave forever.
He would come back and tell his friends
what he had found at the top.

When he reached the top and climbed out of the water
onto the surface of the lily pad, he was so tired,
and the sun felt so warm, that he decided he must take a nap.
As he slept, his body changed
and when he woke up, he had turned into a beautiful blue-tailed dragonfly
with broad wings and a slender body designed for flying.

So, fly he did! And, as he soared he saw the beauty
of a whole new world and a far superior way of life
to what he had never known existed.

Then he remembered his beetle friends
and how they were thinking by now he was dead.
He wanted to go back to tell them,
and explain to them that he was now more alive than he had ever been before.
His life had been fulfilled rather than ended.

But, his new body would not go down into the water.
He could not get back to tell his friends the good news.
Then he understood that their time would come,
when they, too, would know what he now knew.
So, he raised his wings and flew off into his joyous new life!
~Author Unknown~

We still have Danny's first car in the garage. He loved that car. He loved to drive. He also loved the outdoors
so anything related to nature would be great.

Danny was also a great brother. He had his share of fights with his sister but he always protected her from others especially boys. In his last days Danny and his sister had begun bonding even more since they were now both teenagers. He would take her to several places in his car. They would as teenagers say "hang out." They would especially love to go eat at McDonald's since this was Danny's favorite place to eat. He could eat McDonald's every single day. His favorites were the Chicken sandwich and french fries with extra extra ketchup.


Surely Missed

Every night as I lay down to sleep,
I lay my head down
as I begin to weep.
The thought of your strong embrace,
Brings such a sweet memory and smile to my face.

The thought of you not being here,
How painful it is to think of, my dear.
I think of the past
and fall into a trance,
My mind begins to wonder and dance.

As the tears begin to fall,
I get up and look in the mirror in awe.
How could such a young life come to an end?
Now my life has begun to bend.

I walk down the hall and pass your untouched room,
I suddenly become distraught and gloom.
I open the door and you're not inside,
The agonizing pain makes me want to run and hide.

I realize that I can no longer pretend,
My life too will come to an end.

Submitted by Stephanie Andrea Vasquez
In loving memory of my big brother
Daniel Andres Vasquez
I love you!

Danny was also an excellent football player. He started playing pop-warner and played throughout his high school years. He would not play any other sport because Football was his love and passion. He had dreams of becoming a famous football player for the NFL.

Danny also loved all types of animals. I remember one day I found a pigeon in a dog cage in our backyard. Danny had put it in there trying to nurse it back to health because it had a broken wing. He had given it water and bread and had also tried to secure the wing with some Band-Aids. He could not save the bird and became highly upset. This is just one story of the many animals he tried to rescue.
He had great compassion for anyone or anything in pain.

He was just a great loving and very sensitive kid! He loved little babies and was great with them because they loved him right back. He was also very compassionate with the homeless and the less fortunate. He would not have a problem with giving someone the last dollar in his pocket or buying a hungry person on a corner a slice of pizza. He was also a very faithful friend. They could count on him at any time. This is one of the reasons why my son died. He was coming home from visiting a friend in need. Instead of coming home to sleep
he responded to a call from a friend who was in crisis. On his way home he fell asleep and crashed into a tree.

"Missing My Danny"

The hardest part of losing my son is the "missing."
I miss his physical presence
and I will miss what he would have looked like
as the years go by.

I miss hearing his voice asking me for motherly advice
or just telling me that he loves me
and he will be right back.

I miss his warm hugs
and the feel of his rough hands as I held him
when he needed to be comforted and loved.

I miss looking into his eyes
and knowing his thoughts and his feelings without any spoken words.

I miss all the wonderful times we shared
and all the challenges a teenager brings that kept me on edge.

I miss creeping into his room as he slept
and just looking at him in amazement
and thanking God for giving me such a precious gift
which two years ago I had to return.

I miss his dry humor and all of the pranks
he pulled on me that made me want to wring his neck.

I miss the everyday events that I took for granted
because I never thought that one day
he would walk out the door to never return.

I miss my precious son Danny and all of the milestones
that should have taken place but I will never get to see them
just because his young life came to an abrupt end.

I miss my life as I once knew it
and now I have to continue living
when part of me has died.

I miss you Danny!
I know that only you and God know just how much!

!Te amo hijo mio!

Submitted by Aida Vasquez
In loving memory of my son,
Danny A. Vasquez
8/27/86 - 7/4/04

Dear Aida and Family
A very handsome young man
Gone way too soon
I am so very sorry for your loss
Sue-Anne~~~And My ANGEL Lee

In Loving Memory of Lee Henry Aguilera

A small gift for the Vasquez family from one grieving parent to another. God bless you all.

With My Love For Danny
God Grant You Eternal Rest In His Kingdom
Ann, Laurasmom

A friend can hear a tear drop.

This webpage is created
In Loving Memory of Daniel Andres Vasquez

on July 2, 2007
Last updated: August 25, 2017
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