Tribute to a Life Well Lived
1 year ago by Jack Evangelides

Tribute to a Life Well Lived

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This year we have lost many great people, but none more important and admirable than one of my Linked In colleagues and a great friend, Daniel Doherty. Dan came from humble beginnings and certainly was not born with a "silver spoon in his mouth", as the expression goes. He blended perfectly into any social or business group and he was adored by everyone I knew who met him. He died in March, way too young at just 55 years of age, but during that short time he not only touched the lives of many people, he actively changed them too. I first met Dan and his partner Neil Fullbrook back in the late 1990`s when both our businesses were born in the Essex Enterprise Centre in the UK. Even then, his positive energy and zest for life were tangible and highly magnetic. He always remained the life and soul of any party, gathering or networking event. What I noticed most poignantly at his funeral - where a few hundred people came to pay their respects - was his absence. He was always the one to introduce people, to make sure everyone in a room would benefit from an introduction that might promote their business, increase their visibility or just improve their lives in some way. He was the king of networking and of course his skills were put to use most perfectly through his PR and Marketing company, Cadence Innovation Marketing which due to his forward thinking and clever planning is still functioning perfectly well. Something all of us with SME`s must consider - what will happen to our businesses when we are no longer here? But Dan went beyond leading his business to ongoing success and in his spare time (including much of the time he was supposed to be on vacation here in Cyprus) he dedicated his time to serving others. In 2015, he was installed as Master of the Guild of Entrepreneurs, an organisation he was passionate about creating after founding the City of London Entrepreneurs Network in 2011. He also devoted a lot of time to charities including The Westminster Society for People with Learning Disabilities and Learning for Life. In fact, I am delighted to know that the latter will be building a school in his honour, namely the Daniel Doherty Memorial School after several of their schools in Nepal were destroyed in the devastating earthquake in 2015. If anyone knew Dan, I hope they will take comfort in the fact that his legacy will live on through the Guild, his business and the school to be built in his memory. If you would like to donate to the project, you can do so here. There are ongoing efforts to raise the 25,000 pounds sterling needed to build the school by September 2016. I`m sure this worthy charity would also appreciate a monthly donation which will help towards books, equipment and teachers for their schools in poorer communities throughout Asia. Most businesses can include charity donations as a legitimate expense. Dan`s life may have been much too short, but he certainly lived it well, made the most of every moment, worked hard but knew how to have fun too. He was an excellent role model and an example to us all. I certainly continue to be inspired by him every day and I hope his story will inspire you too.   Written by Christina Massaad, Managing Director *** The sole purpose of the article above is to generate public discussion, it has no intention to constitute legal advice. *** Sourced Image: LinkedIn