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YAKOVLEFF, Daniel Anton Our beloved Dan, 20, of Boston, MA and Ashford died Thursday, (January 17, 2008). He was the victim of an unsolved homicide in Boston, where he lived and worked for the entirety of his short adult life. Dan grew up in Ashford, CT, where he attended Ashford School and graduated from E.O. Smith High School in 2005. He attended Blaine Academy in Boston, and has since worked as a cosmetologist at Liquid Hair Studios in Boston. Dan loved life and lived it fully. He always said that he lived without any regrets. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends. He is survived by his parents Nord and Peg, his brother Damon, his grandmothers and numerous grieving aunts, uncles, and cousins. There will be a celebration of Dan's life Tuesday, January 22nd at Knowlton Memorial Hall next to the Ashford Town Hall from 5-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers a donation in Dan's name can be made to Joshua's Trust Gifts and Contributions, P.O. Box 4, Mansfield Center, CT 06250.


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Published in Hartford Courant on Jan. 21, 2008.
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January 17, 2021
Dan, what a strange year we just had - you would never believe it in a million years! We are all fine, and you have a beautiful new nephew, Felix, joining his adorable sister, Flora! They remind me so much of you and Damon! I know you would have been a great uncle! We miss you every day in every way!

Thank you Dave and Francine for your lovely words and support!

Love, Mom
Margaret Rux
Family
January 15, 2021
Dan, It's been another year since that Day. I am surprised that it happened so fast. You are an uncle twice over, we've impeached the president twice, and many other things have happened, some good, some not so good.
I love you, Dan, and all your family.
dave schreiber
Friend
January 15, 2021
I will never forget the email from Nord telling me about this tragedy. I think of Daniel every time I read the Fishing Report during the summer, and I marvel at the strength and love Nord and Peg have shown. I know the grandchildren bring joy, and I know it is healing. With love, your friend, Francine
Francine Bernard
Friend
January 18, 2020
Dan, we miss you so much! Dad and I and Damon hope you are at peace!
Margaret Rux
January 17, 2020
Memories of you rattle around my mind at odd moments. I hope you and Joe K are at peace, he was best man at both my weddings.
Dave Schreiber
Friend
June 13, 2019
Thinking about you tody Dan, like always. Miss you
Erin
January 19, 2019
Dan, I still miss you, as the years go by.
You are a special memory that doesn't fade.
dave schreiber
January 18, 2019
Dan, You are still remembered and loved to this day.

Marilyn Schreiber
January 17, 2019
Dan, we miss you so much, especially today -it's been 11 long years since seeing your sweet face! Hope you are at peace!

Love, Mom
May 11, 2017
Dan, we still miss you every day. Love you. Dave
Dave Schreiber
May 10, 2017
Dan you would have just celebrated your 30th birthday - I'm so sorry you're not here with us. Love you and miss you always!
September 21, 2015
Dan, I thought of you tonight. I, and many others, miss you dearly.
AJ Fritzsche
January 18, 2015
Oh Dan. You stay young in my mind, as I grow older every year. You are still young and beautiful, and I miss you.
Dave Schreiber
January 17, 2015
Dan, it's been seven years, but still hurts like it's yesterday. Dad and I will treasure you, and think of you always - you are so missed by many loving family members and friends!!
Love always, Mom
Margaret Rux
January 24, 2014
Our sweet nephew -- how we miss you. That loneliness for you always hovering just beneath the surface -- wandering through my heart. Gerry
January 20, 2014
I still remember you Mom, most strongly from the day of my beloved Jan's wedding. Having lost both Jan and Alice even under more natural but difficult circumstances I have deep empathy for your everlasting grief!
James Merrill
January 19, 2014
Dan we miss you everyday. Dad and I went on a quiet hike on your trail to remember the awful day of your passing, and a huge branch was overhanging the trail near your memorial. We worked 8 hours over 2 days to remove it - I think you had a hand in this, to keep us busy and not be so sad!!

Love, Mom
May 8, 2013
Happy Birthday, baby boy - we wish you were still here to celebrate it - will miss you forever!!
Love, Mom

Love, Mom
February 16, 2013
At breakfast recently I asked a friend, "How long is it before you get up in the morning and don'f kind of expect to see your husband?" She replied, "I don't know yet. Carl has been gone only thirty years!"
Jim
January 18, 2013
Dan, You are remembered, your spirit lives on. Your fresh in my mind. You are love and missed. Marilyn
January 18, 2013
Dan,
I still can't believe you won't be coming in my front door, and I'll never again offer you one of my home brews. You are always in my thoughts.
Dave Schreiber
January 18, 2013
You and my Janny were such good friends that your pain is also mine! I have lost both of my ladys and find it very lonely. Jimmy is such a fine man rhat life at 90 is still wortwile!
Jim Merrill
January 17, 2013
Dan, like the sound of the ocean caught in a seashell, I hear your laughter come bubbling up from my heart. Happy memories and sad realities. Missing you. Aunt Gerry
January 17, 2013
Dan, it's been 5 years today since we lost you, but it still seems like yesterday. Know that your beautiful spirit lives on in many people's memories. We miss you terribly!

Love, Mom, Dad, and Damon
January 16, 2011
Dan, tomorrow it will be three years since we lost you. We think of you every day in so many ways, and miss you terribly. We'll love you forever!

Mom and Dad
Margaret Rux
February 11, 2010
February 12, 2010

I just looked at all the photos of Dan again. Gorgeous young man. While I only met him once, his personality shines through: that subtle sense of humor and the almost impish demeanor. He reminds me of Nord when I knew him in 1969-70.

I am impressed and moved by the enormous respect and love his many friends have shown over the past two years since his death. He obviously inspired loyalty and admiration among them. May Dan rest in peace and may those who loved him so dearly also find the peace they seek. Om Namah Shivaya.
Francine Bernard
February 8, 2010
Dan we miss you so much, and now that the trial has finally started, you are on our minds even more. We pray for truth and justice for you!
Love Mom and Dad
Margaret Rux
April 20, 2009
My Name Is Diamond Dunhill From Boston Now In Florida. I Saw Daniel's Picture In The Parade When The GAY AMERICAN HEROES FOUNDATION Walked By Me & Moved Me. I Hope All Will Watch This Video In His Honour.

A Friend Unknown,
Diamond Dunhill

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Leo0p2o1Ll8
Diamond Dunhill
March 1, 2009
All you friends of Dan who help keep his memory alive are wonderful. I keep expecting to see him pop around the corner. His infectious grin, the twinkle in his eye, these are the things that I like to remember best.
Marilyn and I have spread ashes over parts of Connecticut and New York state, to honor you.
I still miss you, Dan.
Dave Schreiber
March 1, 2009
I am so impressed with the friends that Dan has left behind. The memorial on the anniversary of his death is so unusual in this day and age. People forget so quickly, but somehow, there must have been something very special about Dan that inspires people to remember. Om Namah Shivaya! It's a beautiful legacy. Big, big love to Nord, Peg, Damon and all Dan's friends and relatives.
Francine Bernard
February 27, 2009
Dan- I miss you a lot and I'm keeping you in my thoughts. My best wishes go to Nord, Peggy, and Damon. I hope to see you all soon.
John Romano
January 22, 2009
Nord and I want to thank everyone for their kind and loving thoughts. We miss Dan every day in every way! I am keeping this Guest Book open in his memory.

Love and peace,
Peg Rux and Nord Yakovleff
Margaret Rux
August 6, 2008
Dan, I write in this book to keep your memory alive. I think it is important that we continue to view these pages. I did not think to tell you how much I cared for you, that last thanksgiving we shared, when you drank my home-brew beer and pronounced it excellent!
I can only say I miss you so much.
Dave Schreiber
July 14, 2008
I only met him once but you only needed to meet him once for him to treat you like an old friend. The world lost an amazing person.
March 11, 2008
there are so many things that could be said about dan, yet every word and every sentiment seems like too little.

dan was one of the most beautiful and warm human beings i've had the chance to encounter in a long time. i am lucky to have known him.
marissa christina
February 20, 2008
I was so sorry to hear today of this terrible tragedy when I called to make my usual appointment with Dan at Liquid. Conversation with Dan was always so easy, and he was such a warm and vibrant person with a great sense of humor. He'd always "tell it like it is," and even suggested I "see a doctor for that" when I told him I thought my hair was thinning! He had me laughing and was just wonderful. My deepest condolences to his family and friends. I hope that you take comfort in knowing what a powerful impact he had and that he will be remembered fondly by many.
R M
February 6, 2008
Dan was a very talented professional, a fun, bright person and his loss is something hard to fathom.

My thoughts are with his family and friends.

Be well wherever you are, Dan.
Suzana Stucka
February 6, 2008
Dan,
I remember it all like it was yesteday. It is your time now to be at peace. I will see you someday, for that I am sure.

I really miss you and the amazing times we had as roommates and friends. I will never forget watching Rome, one of your most fave shows!!! and mine to. We sat there one night, watching tv (well, trying to) and practically talked the whole time about how many similarities we had between one another and how interesting that it was. We convinced eachother that we must be related! I think everyone wanted a little something of what you had. It was truly inspiring.

You are missed so very much.

Your friend,
Jill
Jill Clarey
February 3, 2008
I am in shock after learning this news about Dan. I cannot imagine anyone ever wanting to hurt him! He was an absolute sweetheart, fun-loving, and totally against violence. I hope to God that they find the person who did this to Dan. I will miss seeing you around the neighborhood sweetie.
Laura Ray
January 31, 2008
I was a client at Liquid Hair, and Dan was so friendly to me every time I went. I am truly shocked by his untimely death. He was such a hard-working and sweet kid.
Laura
January 28, 2008
Peg and Nord, Alice and I are so very sorry at the terrible news. Life gives us tribulation some times that is incomprehensible. We can only imagine the desolation that is certainly yours. You surely are not deserving of it.
With our love, Jim and Alice Merrill
James Merrill
January 27, 2008
Peg, Nord, Damon,
Dan was a special guy - Anyone can see it in the outpouring of fondness and love on these pages.
I have vascilated between profound sadness and outrage. None of you deserve this pain.
We all need to honor Dan by speaking out loudly against the violence in today's culture. Dan will be missed by all who were blessed to have known him.
Diana Gagne
January 26, 2008
I only met and hung out with Dan a few times but what a personality I will never forget! Here was a person who would have done anything he could to help anyone and to open people's minds. Intelligent, fun-loving, and articulate, a truly peace-loving person. The world is worse off for his loss. He was an exemplary individual. He will never be forgotten. My sincerest condolences to his family and friends everywhere. May he be in a better place.
Owen Recchio
January 26, 2008
Although I never knew Dan, I can feel the incredible loss and void that his death has left amongst his family, friends, and the community. His death was and will always be a senseless act, but his life and what he both brought, and gave to all that knew him serve as an internal gift to the rest of us.

Dan, may you rest in peace and may your parents, brother, family, and friends never let the flame which signifies the vlaue of your life dim and extinguish.
Scott Mahoney
January 26, 2008
I loved Dan's haircuts! He was so funny and there was never that awkward "I have no idea what to talk about with my stylist" type thing with him. He ALWAYS mentioned his parents and brother. I didn't know Dan very well, but I did know that his family meant the world to him and that he was a joy to be around. He will be sorely missed.
Michelle
January 26, 2008
I didn't really know Dan well but met him at Liquid many many times. He was always full of energy and passion. I hope that the life he lived and the love he gave will be a sustaining source of light in the lives of all who knew and loved him.
Steve Kerrigan
January 26, 2008
Dan was always so cool and full of life. Whenever he cut my hair (which was usually after I'd had a looong day at work), I'd walk out with a smile on my face not just because the haircut was awesome, but also because Dan had a way of making me smile. He will be missed.
Gillian cox
January 25, 2008
Dan was the sweetest person i have ever met. I unfortunately only got to hang out with him periodically but everytime i did i knew i was in for a good time. He was the most down to earth person with a real zest for life and hair...he will be missed every day and always..
Jenn
January 25, 2008
I really never knew dan too well, but he always had a great sence of humerabout everything. My condolences go out to the family. May he rest in peace.
Christopher Murphy
January 24, 2008
My condolences to Dan's family and friends. I will remember Dan as the fun and smart kid he was.
I'll miss you.
A
January 24, 2008
I remember growing up with Dan in Ashford and sitting with him on the bus. He was such an amazing person and the sweetest kid you could ever meet! He never had a mean word to say about anything or anyone.I will never foget him or his smile that always shined. He one of a kind, he was truly one in a million! My thoughts and prayers with his family
Jessica Smith
January 24, 2008
Dan was one of the nicest people that I have ever met. I'm sure it will always be that way. Like a lot of other people have said I can't remember a time when he wasn't smiling, and he could always bring a smile to your face no matter what. He will truly be missed by everyone.
Kelly Flynn
January 24, 2008
Looking back on all the years I spend with Dan at Ashford School and EO Smith, I never once saw him without a smile on his face. My heart is saddened that such a wonderful life was ended so suddenly but it certainly seems he lived and loved to the fullest. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Terese Mayer
January 24, 2008
I remember Dan at E.O., always with a smile on his face, laughing. He was such a fun-loving person, full of life, friendly and optimistic. The world has lost something special. My condolences to his family, I'm so sorry, he's going to be greatly missed by everyone who knew him.
Ruth Johnson
January 23, 2008
I was so shocked to learn of Daniel's passing. I knew him through high school where we had a couple classes together and I always saw him as a kind, gentle, and joy-filled person. It's devastating to know that someone has taken such an amazing person away from this world. My thoughts and prayers go out to Daniel's whole family and all of his friends, who will be mourning his loss for a very long time.
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January 22, 2008
To the Yakovleff Family:

I am so saddened to hear of Daniel's death. He was an incredible person and I am proud to have called him a friend. I am so sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences.
Ian Tyson
January 22, 2008
Nord and Family, We wanted to extend our sympathy on this tragic loss. I had only met Dan 3-4 times but he left an inspiring and delightful impact. He was obviously a special man with a great love and enthusiasm for life. We will pray for your family, and for the police to solve this crime and seek justice.
Sherry and Jim York and Family
January 22, 2008
Dan was a great guy. I knew him for a long time. He was whitty and intelligent, keep his family in your thoughts and prayers. They are great people
Erik Harakaly
January 22, 2008
Nord & Peg,
I am very sorry for your loss.
Dan had the best of parents to help him navigate through his short life.
He will be sadly missed.
Gerald Campion
January 22, 2008
Hey dan. Although I knew you for a short time, I will miss you dearly.You were such a joy of a person and my family and I were heartbroken by the news. We are all struggling to understand why any person could ever hurt such a happy and sweet person like you. I know that you are up in heaven now watching over us and making all the angels laugh and smile. Id like to extend my condolences to Dan's family and would like them to know that Dan made his mark here in Boston as well as CT. We loved him.
Sarah Kashi
January 22, 2008
4th of July week won't be the same without you! You were an amazing person that seemed to get along with anyone, how this ever happened leaves me so lost. You can't even imagine how many lives you touched. My prayers are with you and your family. Much love!
Chuck Conlon
January 22, 2008
Dan- You will be missed dearly
Amanda Damboise
January 22, 2008
Dear Nord and Peg,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of incomprehensible grief.
Jeff,Kathy,Joey,Victoria Godlewsky
January 22, 2008
Dan, words cant express how much you will be missed amongst all of us who love you. you were such an amazing person to be around, always filling the room with smiles and laughter. the last time i saw you, was such a typical 'night with dan'...I'll never forget how even though we were with all of our friends, you locked me in a room and insisted on blowing out and curling my hair..telling me that i needed to spend the rest of the evening looking like a victoria's secret supermodel..and thats the effect you had on everyones lives you touched...you had the ability to make everyone who knew you feel beautiful. I will never forget you for that, and feel lucky to have known you. Rest in peace Dan. I love and miss you.
Ashley Barbeau
January 22, 2008
Dan,U will always be in our heart ,Never forget that smilling face.
Jim and Afsoon Roselando
afsoon roselando
January 22, 2008
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
suzanne lyon
January 22, 2008
I remember when Dan and Damon attended
Ashford School.My deepest sympathy to Nord,
Peggy, and Damon. May faith and strength get you through this very difficult time.
Sincerely,
Bonnie Ognan
Ashford School
Bonnie Ognan
January 22, 2008
dan. i have said a prayer for you and your family.
dino
January 22, 2008
Our family is deeply saddened by this terrible tragedy - Dan was a friend of both of our sons and it is heartbreaking to know that such a promising life was cut short. Our thoughts are with the parents and Dan's brother - we will never forget Dan!
Maria Gogarten
January 22, 2008
My little cousin Dan, my wife Susan always wanted to know if you would be at Dad's on the holidays and she was always exited and looking forward to seeing you, you two really had a connection. She adored you. You always were my coolest relative, no one is even in your league! In another time and another place, we'll see you again and have more time than we have here.
"No Regrets"
Alan Haesche
January 22, 2008
i am so sorry for the loss of dan i remember spending time with him in highschool and he was always so happy, my thoughts are with you
Tiffany Ouellette
January 22, 2008
Dear Nord, Peg and Damon,

You are all in my heart and meditation. We are all connected. I feel that Dan will reach down and help you through the worst part of this tragedy. When I lost David, I was comforted by all the ways friends tried to help me cope with the painful reality of death. I know you are surrounded by loved ones and I send my love into the mix. Om Namah Shivaya! Francine Gouvin Bernard
Francine Bernard
January 22, 2008
Dan,u will always be in my thoughts .I will miss your smilling face and you warm hugs.
Afsoon Roselando
January 22, 2008
Watching Dan grow up from a sprout to an energetic,confident and successful young man has been an inspiration for me.Dan blossomed in Boston and became a vibrant man. Those beautiful, expressive eyes and the Dan laugh. A life cut short... We will move through our grief together family,friends community. We will forever love Dan. Peg, Nord and Damon my love for you is there to surround you in this time of need.
I love you all.
Marilyn Schreiber
January 22, 2008
Dear Nord and Peggy,

It's really sad to hear what happened. My prayers are with you during, this time of sorrow.

Take Care we love you!
Sara,Joey,Stacey Zambo
January 22, 2008
Life is eternal; and love is immortal; and death is only a horizon; and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight. ~ Rossiter W. Raymond

Dan was always a person who was absolutely captivating to watch- as he grew from the youngster with a different hair color each week, to the avid Hitchhiker’s Guide fanatic to the wonderful man he grew to be- he’s a person you always knew would do well- who would always make his family proud, always keep his friends close, and always think with his heart. Though I hadn’t seen him in a long while, he was always a good friend and I’ll always have many good memories of him. I’ll miss you Dan, we’ll all miss you.
Sue Feinberg
January 22, 2008
Dear Nord and Peggy,
Its really sad to hear what happened. My prayers are with you during, this time of sorrow.
Take care.
Love Sara,Stacey,Joey Zambo
Sara Zambo
January 22, 2008
Dan, the millions of times we used to hack during school, the millions of conversations had. Your heart was bigger then most and you werent afraid to show it. You were there for me when i was down, now its my turn to be there for you. You will be missed.
Raymond Brand
January 21, 2008
Dan, in the short time I knew you, your spirit truly touched my life and my heart. I am greatful to have known you.
Jackie Wilkinson
January 21, 2008
I cant believe Dan is no longer here. He had this way of making everything his own, Leaving such an original touch. I will miss you so much Dan and I hope the next world is as awe inspired by you as this one was.
Erin Lanka
January 21, 2008
we will miss u very much dan.
devan, and jasmine vanover
January 21, 2008
Nord,My deepest sympathy and heart
felt sorrow goes out to you
and your family.
Tom Wheeler
January 21, 2008
Dan doing what he loves
Dan you will always be in my thoughts and in my heart. I will miss your smiling face. I will miss your warm hugs and warm heart. Our lives will not be as bright without you.

<3
Jill Battista
January 21, 2008
My memories of Dan are good...fun times at Vinney's house! He was such a sweet guy. Its really sad to hear what happened. My prayers are with his family.
Katie (Chague) Bienvenue
January 21, 2008
Dan you were simply amazing how many lives you touched. I will never forget you. You taught me to live life to its fullest and never look back "I never regret anything I do...so that if I died tomorrow I would die happy." You will forever live in our memories.
Sarah Garrison
January 21, 2008
Dan,

From our first day together we clicked, and it was always easy to just be around you. I will always remember that last day i saw you, and although it seemed mundane and regular at the time, it will from here forever be a time in my heart. I hope your soul has found peace and happiness in this.

Love Always.
Lauren Holtman
January 21, 2008
I am so saddened by the death of young Dan. In the little time I have known him, I found him to be one of the brightest, warmest people I have ever known. I will cherish the little time I have known him and want his family and especially his brother to know that he always mentioned you and clearly loved you very much.
John Moran
January 21, 2008
Dear Peg & Family-
I was so saddened to learn about the loss of your son Dan. My sincerest condolences go out to you & your family. Please know you will be in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Mike Olzinski
January 21, 2008
"Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy."

I never saw my cousin Dan without a smile on his face. He will be missed, but never forgotten.
Evan Romano
January 21, 2008
I wrote this in 2004 when I first met Dan, through his spirited brother Damon. Even though I was only at UConn for a short stay, we became fast friends like we'd known each other forever. I suppose that is what happens when one lives their whole life in a meager 20 years. It is entirely unfair, yet true, that the youngest to go leave the greatest impact. I felt that this writing is as appropriate now as it was, then.

--Having Dan as a new friend has really touched my heart. I've been more comfortable with myself now that I know him., not as worried about my appearance. I have had tears rolling down my face & makeup smudged, but when he is around, I don't really seem to worry about upholding some “Superwoman” role. He is such a loving person. He told me that he's been so much happier since he's known me, and I feel the same. I am so appreciative right now for good friends. I want to hug all of them! Hug the people you love, it's amazing the power of a good friend to dissolve all of your other worries when you are with them.--

A gentle heart, Dan will be missed.
Sarah Kowaleski
January 21, 2008
Dear Peg and Nord,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you, not only during this time of sorrow, but always.
Dave & Lana Brunelle
January 21, 2008
Dan was absolutely one of the most creative guys I've ever known. Every time I saw him he was always in such a great mood and I can't imagine he could have been more loved or looked up to by anyone one of his friends. Even as far back as middle school, he was always a pleasure to be around. My thoughts are with his family.
Steven Hewes
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