Danielle Ginette DeMers
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1944 - 2013
Danielle Ginette DeMers died in New York City on August 26, 2013, after a short illness following a recent diagnosis of cancer. A painter and printmaker living and working in New York City, she also maintained a studio on Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Born in Hollywood, California in the late 1940's, she grew up in Chappaqua, NY. Her parents, the late Joe and Janice DeMers, influenced her lifelong immersion in art . Joe DeMers, a well-known illustrator, and his stylish wife moved to Hilton Head Island in 1969, opening Joe DeMers Gallery during the island's then-pioneer days.

Danielle studied printmaking, drawing and painting at Bennington College with Vincent Longo, Stanley Rosen and Jules Olitski, among others. Upon graduation, she moved to Montreal where she joined L'Atelier 848, an artists'-run printmaking studio. She joined the Pratt Graphic Center continuing her printmaking and studying under Clare Romano (etching & collagraph) and David Finkbeiner (intaglio). She later taught Figure Drawing at NYU, The Red Piano Art Gallery, the Art League of Hilton Head and as a visiting artist at Spring Island, S.C.

Always an artist, Danielle produced notable achievements as an educator, administrator and entrepreneur. Serving as Administrative Director at New York University's (Tisch) School of the Arts Theatre Program, she mentored young actors, dancers, designers and directors with dedication and insight. In that role, Danielle was considered by many to be the "heart" of the Program, the emotional center students, faculty and staff sought for calm guidance.

After leaving NYU, Danielle established her own company, Danielle DeMers and Associates, which for more than 20 years provided corporate communications and event services for such varied clients as the Marriott hotel group, the National Association of Geriatric Care Managers, Wendy's and T.G.I. Friday's. In 1985, she was a principal member of the team that produced the opening day ceremony for the NY Marriott Marquis, considered the lynchpin of Times Square's turnaround.

She was a long-time member of the Manhattan Graphics Center in New York City, where she printed and taught a Monotype Intensive class. Her drawings, watercolors and prints have been shown in the U.S. and abroad. They can be seen at Four Corners Gallery in Bluffton, S.C.

For many years, she was the companion of the late Laslo Benedek, the acclaimed director of the iconic 1953 film, The Wild One, and such television shows as the Perry Mason series. Her longtime friend, Ed Ferron, was by her side when she passed away.

She is survived by her first cousin, John Wolfe, of Phoenix, Arizona, and her second cousin, Sara Crone Fritts, who lives in San Jose. Having no siblings or children, she was terribly proud of and cared deeply for her godchildren. In all her working and personal life, Danielle's quintessential ability to make and maintain connections resulted in a remarkable network of people who became her "extended family."

Memorial services are planned in New York City and Hilton Head Island.

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Published in New York Times from Oct. 7 to Oct. 8, 2013.
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March 17, 2014
Danielle was a kind and caring woman who will be greatly missed.
Lou Ann Pavelin
November 25, 2013
I am saddened by Danielle' passing. I saw her, it seems, not too long ago,at an affair at N.Y.U. She called out my name, remembering me being a student in the 70's. We talked & laughed. What a beautiful lady! Sheila Gibbs-Brome.
Sheila Gibbs-Brome
November 6, 2013
It was our sincere pleasure to know and love Danielle...her visits with us on Little Deer Isle and Hilton Head Island will always be special and we are so lucky to have a number of her amazing pieces of art.
Cris and Dean Haskell
November 5, 2013
I was shocked and saddened to learn that Danielle was no more. I had been away from NYC for a long time and had planned to see her when I returned. I am so sorry that did not happen. I have an enormous debt for all she did to make it possible for me to study acting at NYU. I will always remember her kindness during the years I was there and her friendship in the years since. She was a wonderful person. I send my sympathies to her family and to all those who knew her and will now miss her.
Harsh Nayyar
October 23, 2013
Dear Sweet Danielle, you walked me through a challenging time with grace and kindness. Thoughts prayers and love to you and your family.
Craig Richard Nelson
October 21, 2013
What a lovely, wonderful and special spirit. I am amazed how much Danielle began to resemble her mother! Blessings, Betsy Chaffin
October 16, 2013
October 10, 2013
Danielle was a lady above all else. It was always a pleasure to be in her company. She was interested in many things and
talented in others. I will miss her badly and refuse to think of
her as gone. She will be alive in my mind and heart.
Frank Spencer
October 10, 2013
Greetings and condolences to one and all who loved and treasured my remarkable cousin, Danielle. We got to know one another somewhat later in life than most cousins, having been raised a continent apart. But that we eventually did is something for which I'm truly thankful.

Thanks to all of you who were there with her when she needed you most.
John Wolfe
October 9, 2013
Danielle was part of my working life a long time ago, shedding light and contributing pleasure to my days at the old, dear NYU acting program. I'm shocked and saddened to hear of her untimely death. My heartfelt condolences to her nearest and dearest.
With love, Kristin
Kristin Linklater
October 9, 2013
Danielle was my close friend from distant Chappaqua days, my big sister for life. Her parents were kind, beautiful people. I miss them all. May God bless her and her parents.
Hugh Geoghegan
October 9, 2013
I miss you so much, Danielle. You were a loving den mother to all of us. - Tonda
Tonda Marton
October 8, 2013
I am deeply saddened at your passing Danielle.

I will miss your presence here in New York City and remember you always as cultured and creative, generous and loving.

Thank-you for that elegant invitation for my Parents 50th Wedding Anniversary here in the city which I have framed.
My Mum and Dad loved meeting you.

I got to know you through Tonda and Laci.
I hope you are having a visit with him at long last.

Ed, thank-you for this web site to express our love for Danielle.

I will miss her Easter Sunday Celebrations and her joyful smile.

God bless,
Anne-Marie xoxoxo
anne-marie davies
October 8, 2013
Danielle was like a guardian angel in many of our lives. To all who knew her and miss her, I send my love and best wishes. Joel
Joel Fink
October 7, 2013
As a distant yet fervant friend of Danielle, I was stunned to learn of her death. A mutual friend in New Youk informed me back in August of her death. It is ironic that today I googled her name since I had received no information as to when, where, and how she died. Further, I had spoken to her in early June and told her I would be in New York this fall and hoped to see her. She was in great spirits and we were both looking forward to catching up on our lives.

To htose who related, I want to express not only my condolences but to express those that knew her best and were dear friends that this writer, from Indianapolis who worked with Danielle 15 years or so ago, felt a presence of a charming, educated, friendly and artful woman. We all have losses. I must admit, however, that her passing left a hole in my heart. I am thankful to have known her and wish those closest to her my heartfelt prayers and thoughts
Bob Desautels
October 7, 2013
To Danielle's Family,
I am truly sorry for your loss! May you find comfort in the words "He heals the brokenhearted; He binds up their wounds".
October 6, 2013
Dear Ed, I read with great surprise and regret today Danielle's obituary. You and she were so very wonderful to my dear departed mother Selma Belenky. Please accept my sincere condolences at the untimely passing of Danielle. She was a truly extraordinary person on every level.
Katrin Belenky Peck
October 6, 2013
I miss Danielle's spirit and enthusiasm! She was a Lovely Person who cared about the well being of everyone she came in contact with. She was always supportive and helpful to those in need. Rest In Peace Danielle!
Your Friend Always, Beverly Wideman
October 6, 2013
Danielle was one of the kindest people I have ever known. I will always remember her fondly.
Maria Guida
October 6, 2013
Thank you for creating this memorial site. Danielle is in my thoughts every day. So are you, Ed. Please let me know how I can help in the arrangements of the memorial gathering. Rah
Rahti Gorfien
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