Daniel Mark Majchrzak
1992 - 2017
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East Lyme - Daniel Mark Majchrzak, 24, of Chesterfield Road, ended his courageous six-year battle with opiate addiction on Feb. 3 at his home in Coral Springs, Fla.

On July 17, 1992, our world was blessed with a beautiful boy full of light and love and with a heart of gold. Dan grew up in East Lyme with a passion for sports. He graduated ELHS in 2010. He was a gifted athlete who brought joy and exhilaration to those who watched him race around the court. D-Money could sink a 3-pointer like no other. Danny had a contagious smile and an amazing sense of humor with a knack for making everyone laugh. He was loyal, loving, sensitive and spiritual. He loved his family, friends, his girlfriend Nora, the Buffalo Bills and the Michigan Wolverines with all his heart. In recent years, he was especially devoted to fitness and body building. Dan could talk to anyone, from any walk of life, and bring out a smile. He was a light to us all and although he has been called home, he will continue to be a beacon from heaven, shining a light on the disease of addiction.

Addiction is a chronic brain disease that can be managed with treatment. It is not a moral failing or character flaw. It is a disease that is steeped with stigma, judgement and discrimination. It causes those suffering to isolate and withdraw from those they love often preventing them from seeking help. Death by overdose is the number one accidental killer of our young people. Every 4 minutes a parent loses a child to overdose. In these times, we cannot be passive. We must come together to end this epidemic. We ask, in Danny's memory, that you reach out to someone who may be struggling. Grab their hand. Don't let go. Never Give Up.

Danny is survived by his father Mark, his mother Chris, and his sisters, Sarah and Caroline. He will be missed by his Grandmother Patricia, Uncle Ed, Uncle Doug, Aunt Beth, Aunt Sara and his cousins, Hannah, Claire, Hope, Ali and Jon.

The family will receive relatives and friends from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, at Thomas L. Neilan & Sons, 48 Grand St., Niantic. A 3 p.m. prayer service will be conducted followed by a celebration of life gathering at 5 p.m. at Flanders Fish Market.

In lieu of flowers please consider donating in Danny's name to Shatterproof.org https://www.shatterproof.org/ Shatterproof is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the devastation that addiction causes families. www.neilanfuneralhome.com

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Published in The Day on Feb. 8, 2017.
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May 10, 2018
My deepest condolences, much love, Stephanie
Stephanie Beltz-Majcht
Family
February 14, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss. I can only imagine how difficult this is for you. Thank you for sharing your story. He was very good to my daughter in high school, when she was the manager for the basketball team. She is small, and was a freshman, but Danny watched out for her, and made sure no one picked on her, except him of course. Good naturedly, and my daughter basked in the attention.
Donna Blackman
February 13, 2017
I'm sad to hear of your son's passing. It is a difficult thing to loose a child. Allow yourself to grieve and know that people around you care.
Patricia Wylie
February 11, 2017
I am sorry for your loss...

Eric Manes
February 10, 2017
I did not know Danny and I am so sorry for your loss. Your obituary was so honest and brave. I hope many people read it and can find support. You are all in my prayers.
Phyllis Freeman
February 9, 2017
Chris, my thoughts go out to you and your family...Danny always had a way to make everyone smile...
Angela Slane
February 9, 2017
I am so deeply saddened to hear about this loss. I will always remember Danny as the happy, energetic little boy who just wanted to play ball. I wish I could be closer to support you in these hard times, but I'm sending my love and condolences from afar. Love and hugs, Lindsey
Lindsey Rocchio Millikan
Family
February 9, 2017
Dear Majchrzak Family:
you are all in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. "And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus."
The Christensens
February 9, 2017
I did not know Danny, however after reading his obituary I admire the strength and wisdom of his family to educate people about addiction and to not run from it. Beautifully said. MLA
MLA
February 8, 2017
Deeply saddened to hear the news. RIP Danny. God bless his soul. My prayers are with the family. May God give you strength is this time of mourning.Sincerely,
Nathan Antoszek
Nathan Antoszek
February 8, 2017
So sorry to know a young kid left this world so young.
Lucy Rivera
February 8, 2017
So sorry for your loss
- another mother
deirdre
February 8, 2017
Chris, Mark, Sarah & Caroline, I am so sorry for your loss! As a parent I know that hat losing a child is probably the worst thing I can imagine.
Although I didn't know Daniel well, I know he is walking with the Lord now.
Eric Markey
Family
February 8, 2017
We are so sad to hear of Danny's passing, and send love and prayers your way. ~ The Kuvalanka Family
Kathleen Kathleen
February 8, 2017
The death of Daniel is such a loss to all of us family members. Over the years, we wished him a peaceful, safe journey, and a bright future. He reminds all of us how precarious and precious our lives are. I will never forget your journey, Danny, or the immense love, dedication and positive hope all of your family had for you. Thank you for your courage maureen
maureen Vandemark
Family
February 8, 2017
Thank you for sharing his life story. You are all in our thoughts and prayers! May God touch his hand upon you at this difficult time.Teacher
ELHS
Kelly Burton-Jones
February 8, 2017
The Paniagua family sends our condolences to your familyI. have seen Daniel grow and how much he loved his family. His presence of being a special person was like a rare flower as it blooms. Daniel character will never be question This disease of addiction is fatal and has hurt many families. We struggle through the pain our tears will eventually be swept away by the rain. The sun will come out and like his smile it will shine so bright because he did not die in vain. Love him always.
Regina Paniagua
February 8, 2017
Chris, Mark, Sarah & Caroline and extended family. Such a beautifully written obituary. Your loss is heart breaking and your courage to share this addiction is amazing! Blessings to you all as you gather and celebrate the happy memories that you will hold in your hearts forever. Hugs to you from Steve, Audrey, Margaret & Elizabeth Beyer (Beth's brother Steve)
Audrey Beyer
Family
February 8, 2017
My heart goes out to all of you.
I have no words that can help with your loss.
I am sorry.
Heather Dourron
Family
February 8, 2017
Mark, Chris, Sarah and Caroline, We are deeply sorry for the loss of your Danny. We will always remember him with a big smile and full of energy.
The Seery Family
Dawn Seery
February 8, 2017
MAY THE THOUGHT OF KNOWING THAT FRIENDS AND FAMILY SHARE IN YOUR GRIEF BE OF COMFORT TO YOUR FAMILY.PLEASE READ PROV 17:17
KELLEY
February 8, 2017
A great and gifted young man. Fond memories of him Playing ball at some events with the kids when I was the school officer. My condolences and prayers to family and friends. God bless
Nolan
February 8, 2017
So sorry it's a nasty disease. My two brothers are fighting it. It's not only a disease for the user but one for there family as well.
Ryan McCarthy
February 8, 2017
R.I.P Danny i had the honor and privilege of meeting you... I remember we both got to Florida the same night and we were both so scared and disnt know what to expect i remember u holding a picture frame on your hands and i asked u who that beautiful woman was with u in the pic and you began telling me it was your girlfriend Nora Benitez.. I remember u telling me how much she meant to you and how much you loved her and how bad you wanted the gift of sobriety not only for yourself but for her as well... I still cant believe you are gone.. this disease does not discriminate and it sucks that you were taken so soon... But noe ypu are in heaven and dont have to live in this terrible world we are in fighting this horrible disease... RIP buddy....
Cynthia Roszak
February 8, 2017
I don't know your son personally but my son met Danny in Florida while in Rehab. He became great friends with him and always said what a good guy he was. He is in disbelief and heartbroken with his passing. I cry every time he tells me of a friend dying of an overdose because it could very well be him. Your son was very well liked by all the guys in the program and will be missed greatly by all of them. I am very sorry for your loss.
Crystal Hamilton
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