Daniel Scott Smolla, 54, of Aurora, left his earthly body and his cancer battle behind when he passed away in the early morning hours September 20, at the home of his brother in Wilmington, Delaware.
Dan, adult programming librarian for the Richard and Gina Santori Public Library of Aurora, was the mastermind behind some of the library's most intriguing programs, including the Paranormal Discussion Group; an improv comedy group called "First and Thirds, Absurds and Nerds"; "Walking in this World: The Practical Art of Creativity"; "Dylan Day"; "Stories and Songs of the Civil Rights Movement," featuring Dr. Ernest E. Gibson, a personal friend of Martin Luther King, Jr.; "Shakespeare Mini Fest," a commemoration of the Bard 400 years after his passing; and "The Fox: Aurora's Environmentalist Superhero."
Dan was a filmmaker, songwriter, and singer/guitar player for many bands throughout the years including The Bald Willies, the Spuggs, Into the Real and Brother Chi and the Alchemists (to name a few).
A close friend wrote: "There was definitely something both deeply accepting and frustratingly intangible about (Dan). Funny as hell. A genuinely original mind."
Family and friends will gather for a celebration of Dan's Life at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 in the atrium of the Richard and Gina Santori Public Library of Aurora, 101 S. River Street.
Dan is survived by three brothers and one sister; Rod (Anna), Carol (Tom), Greg (Ada) and Jeff (Jessica) and a number of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Harriet Smolla.
He is survived by library colleagues, former classmates and bandmates, friends from The Theosophical Society in Wheaton, actors and actresses with whom he worked, and caregivers who gave him emotional, spiritual, and practical help during the last year of his life.
From the song "Tide," by Dan Smolla: Right or wrong at least you tried the mind is long and the mind is wide and nothing lasts forever in the land of time and looking for the signal is itself a sign and for a while I walked without a light circled left then circled right but now I hear the water and the bridge is in sight. I'm gonna cross the river-- listen-- hear my feet as they chime.
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Published by The Voice from Oct. 19 to Oct. 20, 2018.