1952 - 2021
Dan passed away peacefully at Surrey Memorial Hospital on April 11, 2021, at the age of 68 after a brief illness. Dan was born in Vancouver to John and Beverley Scoones on July 6, 1952. He is lovingly remembered by his wife of 42 years, Gail; son Aaron (Lisa, granddaughter Zoey); his mother Beverley; and sisters, Jane, and Kate (Garth) along with many cousins, aunts, and uncle and friends. Dan was predeceased by his father, John in 2016.
A proud husband and father, Dan will be remembered for his good humour, hearty laugh, and his vast intelligence. As a teacher and mentor, he enthusiastically shared his insight and talents. Dan was a kind and thoughtful man who lived life with integrity and resilience.
The family wishes to thank the doctors and nurses in the Palliative Care Unit at Surrey Memorial Hospital for their expert and loving care of Dan. Also, a special thank you to the Tri-Cities Palliative Care Consultation team. Donations may be made in Dan's name to a charity of your choice. A Celebration of Life will be announced for later this year.
Published by The Times Colonist from Jun. 19 to Jun. 21, 2021.
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I just heard the sad news and I'm shocked. Dan was a great guy, always the soul of kindness and extremely good company. We knew each other through chess and had an inside joke where I would ask him 'what of Kotov?' (the refrain of a poem by Nat Halper on how to pronounce chess masters' names) and he would quote some of his favourite lines, like:
Will she, will she
Always Flohr me?
Will she never
Phil-adore me?
Will she never
Care a damn bit
For my Center
Counter Gambit

He would then laugh his characteristic laugh and shake his head. Condolences to his family and friends.
Ali Nobari
September 28, 2021
I have known Dan, through chess, since the late 60's. In the last few years I got to know him a lot better as we regularly met at coffee shops to look at chess games. His chess book knowledge was second to none. One thing that stood out, during these sessions, was that he would suddenly stand up and walk away. It was always to help someone... a person in a wheelchair trying to get through the door... an elderly person with a full tray trying to get to a table, etc. No matter how engrossed we were in the chess games, he was always aware of his surroundings and quick to assist someone that needed help.
Brian McLaren
June 23, 2021
One of my first clients and a great mentor. Enjoy your master class in chess with the Great Almighty Dan. My money's on you!
Troy DeSouza
June 23, 2021
Dan and I met while working for the City of Victoria. He always had a book in his hand, a smile on his face and a fantastic story or joke to tell whenever we went for coffee together. I admired him for his intelligence , honesty and his attention to his job responsibilities but mostly because he was just a great guy to have as a colleague and friend. As we both lived in the Westshore suburbs of Victoria i would occasionally drive him home after work. I had a couple of CDs that we both liked and would crank up the volume on them to the point where we left our job responsibilities in the dust.
Conversations always included his admiration of his son Aaron who was working on becoming a professional musician.
His smile says it all.
My sincere condolences to his family. God Bless

Ian Phillips
ian Phillips
June 20, 2021
I first met Dan at UVic in the early 70's and was another of his regular chess partners. We casually stayed in touch over the years and met periodically at chess tournaments. More recently we have also communicated through the chess forums. I am saddened by his passing, which underlines how fragile life is. Farewell, Dadian, you are missed.
Brian Alguire
June 20, 2021
We learned and played chess together - I was 11 and he was 8 and he could best me soon after we started. RIP my well remembered childhood chum.
Robert Adair Wilson
June 19, 2021
We both fondly remember Dan from our time working together for the Ministry of Highways at the Saanich District Office back in the mid 70’s. We reconnected when Dan moved into a home on "Scoones Place" not far from where we still live.

Dan was a terrific guy who always seemed to have a smile on his face. A great conversationalist with a brilliant mind. Guys like him don’t come around that often. That picture is the Dan Scoones we remember.

Dan most certainly added value to the worldhe will be sorely missed. Gone far to soon.

Al and Teresa Moir
Al Moir
June 19, 2021
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Robert Adair Wilson
June 19, 2021
Can this be the Danny Scoones I played chess against so often in the halcyon days of our youth? It looks like it could be him. Danny was one of my favourite opponents back in the day, (a) because he could beat me, but (b) because he was always able to distract me with good conversation.

Hard to say, because his is a large family and names may be repeated, but it looks like the Danny I knew as a good guy and ferocious competitor. His family must miss him enormously.
David Lowther
June 19, 2021
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