Daniel Omer “Dano” LeBlanc
February 23, 1968 to July 15, 2023
Dano LeBlanc, the creator of Acadieman, died on Saturday, July 15, 2023, after a long illness, at Maison Albert Hospice in Moncton. He was 55.
Born Daniel Omer LeBlanc in Moncton in 1968, Dano is survived by his wife, Patricia King, and son Caedus Campbell. He is also survived by his mother, Freda (Goguen) LeBlanc, sisters Denise LeBlanc and Monique (Eric) Harrigan, nephew Drew and niece Ella, in-laws Dave and Marie King, and brother-in-law Charles (Nadine) King. He was predeceased by his father, Omer LeBlanc.
He went to Montreal after graduating from Mathieu Martin in 1986 and took a BFA from Concordia University (1990), where he studied film and English Literature. He stayed in Montreal and worked as a filmmaker and musician for some years.
After he returned to Moncton from Montreal, Dano created his most memorable character, Acadieman, the first Acadian superhero. During the next decade, a number of comics, an animated series and an animated feature film followed. Acadieman’s almost exclusive use of Chiac generated vigorous debate, not only in the Acadian community, but in the halls of academia as well. Scholars from Germany, the United States and elsewhere are still producing linguistics papers about Acadieman and his use of language.
The success of Acadieman allowed him to open Folio Books on St. George Street, a quiet space filled with the great classics, and a basement used by local bands to rehearse. Dano would look up from his book, through the stacks of volumes awaiting placement, and glance at you, knitted cap on his head, as you came in the door. If he knew you, he raised a hand in greeting, and if he did not, he nodded politely and went back to his reading.
Folio Books closed in the mid 2010s. He married Trish King in 2016, became a full-time husband and father, and continued writing and watching films. He was a devoted and wonderful father. He loved his family without reservation, and they returned that love.
Visitations will be held at the Passage-Chartersville Funeral Cooperative, 363 Amirault Street, Dieppe on Thursday, July 20, 2023 from 2:00-3:00 pm. At 3:00 pm the funeral service will be held in the Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to Scott and Lindy Brown, young dairy farmers who are rebuilding their dairy farm that recently burned to the ground, at https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-for-scott-and-lindy-brown, to the Moncton Albert House, or to the charity of one’s choice.
The family invites you to sign the book of condolences at www.funerairepassagefuneral.ca.
Arrangements under the professional care of Passage Funeral Cooperative and Cremation Center, 363 Amirault Streel, Dieppe, NB, E1A 1G1 (506-857-1901).