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20 July, 2021

Grind till you shine - A tribute to Daniel Mitchell

DANIEL Mitchell has been remembered as a joyous, soulful, kind young man who spent every waking hour tending to others, a selfless dedication that has made a mark on everyone who has had the pleasure of knowing him.

By Rhys Thomas

Daniel Mitchell, who tragically passed away last month has been remembered as a kind and selfless young man.

DANIEL Mitchell has been remembered as a joyous, soulful, kind young man who spent every waking hour tending to others, a selfless dedication that has made a mark on everyone who has had the pleasure of knowing him. 

A tragic road accident in June of this year sadly took the life of Daniel who was on a trip away to Townsville. 

Born in Atherton on October 22, 1997 the 23 year old spent most of his life living on the Tablelands, making friends and memories, always with dreams of where too next. 

Surrounded by a loving family and three brothers that he lived with, Daniel was brought up with the same kind of love and compassion that he constantly showed others. 

“Daniel came into my life when he turned eight and he’s been my child ever since,” Daniel’s stepmother Deborah Booth said. 

“It’s been a blessing to have him in my life and have the joy in raising such a beautiful, strong, young man. 

“He really has done our family proud the way he grew up and developed. 

“He gave so much of himself to his friends and family.”

Daniel has been in Deborah’s life for many years and together they made many memories, including one where Daniel was learning to swim. 

Jumping off the kayak and swimming to Deborah, taking the leap which would prove be the first of many. 

This memory is one that sticks in Deborah’s mind as it pays tribute to his courage, his courage to jump off the kayak and the courage he continued to display in his life. 

Fitness was a passion for the young man and he could often be found in Furious Fitness in Atherton, a place he often told Deborah about, the people there, and how they helped him find a path. 

Daniel was born to be a performer, music was the dream and as a young musician and DJ Daniel shared his passion and knowledge, often teaching others what he knew.

“Those gifts that people have, remember to share them because they live on in people,” Deborah said.

“Daniel’s memory lives on in the people he helped and taught.” 

The Sunday before his trip to Townsville Daniel spent the afternoon with his family, exchanging hugs and laughs, spoiling both his parents and brother, a memory they will cherish forever. 

Anyone who knows Daniel will know the one thing that was always on his lips, the saying that kept him going through the years, the saying that will keep his family and friends going for the years to come – grind till you shine.


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