Daniel Kelvin Craig Lints
August 18, 2004 – February 19, 2022
Daniel Kelvin Craig Lints passed away in the RM of Louise on February 19, 2022 at the age of 17 years. Left to mourn his passing are his parents Derek and Jill Lints; sisters Addison and Anna; his grandmothers Wanda Lints and Janice Russell; Aunt Audrey Boyer (Dan), cousins Mackenzie, Jaxson and Harlee; Uncle Calvin Russell (Kassandra), cousins Emilia, Elyse, Everly and Esmae; Aunt Laura Olson; Special friend Quinn Dubie and numerous extended family and friends. Daniel is predeceased by his grandfathers Kelvin Lints and Craig Russell.
Daniel was born August 18, 2004 in Boundary Trails Health Centre. He was a sweet, calm, quiet baby just like the person he would grow up to be. Coming home from the hospital he cried because Mom had him dressed in an onesie, sleeper, blankets, and a cover on the car seat - in August! He always hated being too hot after that!
As a little guy, Danny loved dinosaurs due to many trips to Drumheller, AB to visit his Nana and Papa, Aunts, Uncle and cousins. He would growl at those big dinosaurs as loud as he could. He knew all the names of all the dinosaurs and the correct pronunciations.
Danny loved to ski, learning at a young age with his Mom and Papa. Highlights for him were skiing with friends at Holiday Mountain, Assessippi with the Boyer family and a trip to the mountains in BC to see his Nana and Papa.
Hockey was a huge part of Danny’s life. He had so much fun with his hockey friends. Some of the best times were the long car trips to Morris with his teammates the year he played there. Danny’s favorite hockey years were the ones when he could just play. It didn’t matter if the team was losing; it was just fun to be able to all play together and joke around with the coach. In the off season, Danny and his friends were a familiar sight on the street in front of our house, playing hours of street hockey. Danny loved to collect hockey cards and knew all the stats of each player. He always asked for hockey cards for Christmas and birthdays and spent hours organizing and learning about each player.
Danny was proud of his swimming and excelled at breaststroke at swim meets in the summers. He was excited and proud to be a lifeguard at the Pilot Mound Swimming Pool. Just recently, he was taking instructor courses in Brandon – it was especially heartwarming to see him co-teach the parents and tots group. He had a huge smile on his face as he interacted with the babies and sang the silly songs.
Danny persevered at his sports even through his health challenges. He battled with Crohns disease and complications with that. He was so determined and private and would never let it define him.
His very favorite times were out at Grandma Wanda’s farm: quading, snowmobiling, and enjoying campfires. He would get excited when his Boyer cousins would come out to visit at the farm and enjoyed many trips to see them in La Ronge, Saskatchewan. Although, he was older than his cousins Danny took time to play with them (cards, videogames, rough housing,’ Ante, Ante I Over’, bale climbing and more).
Danny was not just a sibling, he was a friend to his sisters. He liked to tease and rough house with Addison and liked to bug her by just going to hang out in her room. Addy teased him and his comebacks to her were intelligent, well-timed and funny. He was protective of Anna and would invite her to hang out and play video games with him. He was a safe place for Anna and he knew how much she looked up to him so he modeled himself appropriately.
Danny loved his grandparents. He would make a special effort to go visit with his Grandma and to have marble games with his Nana. The loss of his grandfathers was difficult for him as he was such a compassionate, sweet soul.
Family was very important to Daniel, he would often forgo parties or other activities he may have wanted to do in order to go on family trips, to be at family celebrations or to help out with a volunteer commitment. We all enjoyed fun times out at the Goudney Reservoir, bridge jumping, kayaking, boating and fishing. He took commitments to his family, work and school seriously. He enjoyed his job and his co-workers at Home Hardware. He was a dedicated student; it was common to find him studying in his room and his marks reflected his hard work. He was excited for grad and actively helped out with the fundraising and was the grad treasurer. His face was beaming when we just recently picked out his grad suit.
His intelligence wasn’t just academic. He was impossible to beat at strategy games like Chess and Stratego. He was smart with technology; his friends, sisters and cousins could share lots of stories about playing video games with Dan. We would often find him playing online with friends and could hear his friend’s voices from the basement in the wee hours as they played online together. Danny was smart with money and saved diligently. He saved and saved for his car and then researched to find the best one. Once he got his car ‘Tony’ he was so particular about its care.
Danny was on the top of the world this past summer as he was getting to know a very special girl from Alberta. Quinn and Danny were each other’s every day, all day people. This was evident from the phone bill and constant snap chats. At such a young age they were realistic, patient, kind and respectful to each other. They were completely enamoured with each other. He was really excited about his trip to Edmonton over Spring Break to visit relatives and Quinn.
Danny was just an all around awesome guy. We struggle every day to understand this loss and will miss you every day and forever.
Donations in Danny’s memory may be made to:
Pilot Mound Swimming Pool
c/o Municipality of Louise,
Box 310 Crystal City, MB, R0K 0N0
A private service was held at Wheatland Funeral Home in Pilot Mound, Manitoba followed by a private interment at Greenwood Cemetery.