In Loving Memory Of
Daniel Omer “Dano” LeBlanc
1968 ~ 2023

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).

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38 comments

  1. Our deepest condolences, we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

  2. Je suis sympathies, vous étiez un très bon acteur animation d’acadieman de ma jeunesse de voir votre film et épisode. C’était très drôle et chiac. Je souhaite vous sera gardé bien avec un l’ange du ciel et vous sera le vrai super-héros d’acadie à toujours dans mon coeur et que le chiac continue à ce passé au gens. Le best of Daniel LeBlanc merci pour votre animation chiac.😇🕊

  3. Sincere condolences to the family and friends of our beloved Daniel (Dano) LeBlanc.

  4. My deepest condolences to Trish , Caedus , Freda , Denise Monique , ami(e)s et famille
    Dan0 est mon Superhero .

  5. Chère Freda
    Mes sincères sympathies à toi et à toute la famille dans ces temps difficiles. Je vous garde dans mes prières et pensées positives. 🙏💐💕

  6. I will miss you my friend. You kept the spirit of 1990’s Montreal and scrappy DIY comix alive long after the rest of us gave it up for lost.

    You live on in the Monkeytown Jams. Anytime someone crafts a killer comic panel and hands it off, trusting a stranger to continue the story (or run it into the ground!) you will be there.

    See you on the other side buddy.

  7. Patricia, I am so very sad to read this! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family at this time! Hugs!

  8. My deepest condolences. I worked with Dan at UPS many years ago. I believe it was around the time that Acadieman was “born” and I always loved seeing his pictures and then his art come to life. He was always such a kind hearted soul.

  9. I can’t comprehend this, so so very sad , diedtoo soon , I admired his creativity

  10. So sorry for your loss My sympathies to you Freda and family R.I.P my friend no more suffering he was a very sweet man and very nice I when to school with him xoxoxo

  11. Although I didn’t know Dano, I knew of Acadieman. Loved, loved, loved that character, he made me laugh and appreciate my acadian heritage. I offer my deepest condolences to the family and my prayers are with you all during these difficult times.

  12. Our deepest sympathy for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Patricia and family during this difficult time. We were big fans of Acadie Man and Dano made us proud to be acadiens.

  13. Dear aunt Freda and family, so so sorry to hear about Danny’s passing. I hope you feel surrounded by much love. My Deepest condolences to you and the family. Big Hugs

  14. Dear Aunt Freda & family , so so sorry to hear about Danny’s passing. I hope you feel surrounded by much love. My deepest condolences to you and the family. Big Hugs

  15. I worked with Dano at UPS – we sat beside each other and I was always in awe of his doodles (some of which I still have). Acadieman came to life around that time and I’d laugh watching it with all the references of our workplace.
    My condolences to his friends and family. His legacy will certainly live on.

  16. J’ai été profondément attristé d’apprendre du décès de Dano. Mes plus sincères sympathies à la famille et aux proches. Repose en paix Dano 🕯️🙏🕊️

  17. My deepest sympathies to Trish, Caedus, and the LeBlanc family. You will all be in my heart and in my prayers.

  18. À toute la famille de Dano, à ses amis.es proches, mes plus sincères condoléances. J’ai travaillé avec Dano à quelques reprises; nous avons voyagé à Paris ensemble alors qu’il était un des personnages principales du documentaire « L’éloge du chiac, part ll ». Il y a dans ce film de très belles images de lui et des moments où il s’exprime avec une grande lucidité et intelligence. Je suis sous le choc. J’admirais ces vastes connaissances littéraires, sa créativité, son humour ainsi que la douceur et gentillesse dont il faisait preuve parfois. J’espère qu’il «  fly » maintenant, libéré de douleurs et de contraintes. Courage à toute la famille.

  19. Well c’est too bad de corver si jeune. Mes sympathies a sa famille. On a eu des grosse laughs a cause de ses cartoons.

  20. Sending our love and prayers to the family at this time. Have comfort Dan knew you love him completely . Xox

  21. Family and friends. Dan will always have a very special place in my heart.He was a good friend and taught kindness with his presence. He will be well remembered by those that were blessed to have met him.

  22. I met Dano at UPS. We were pod partners for awhile. He was such a remarkable, talented and kind hearted person. We constantly chatted and he introduced me to many new authors, musicans and films. I frequented his book shop Folio when he opened up on St. George Street. Even after a lapse in seeing him, my first day venturing in the shop we picked up our chats like no time gad lapsed.

    I knew back at UPS, he was destined for much more than the walls of UPS or Call Center life. His takent was impressive and you just could tell there was more for him out there. During that time I recall him showing his work on Acadieman. It is amazing and wonderful how this took off.

    His legacy will live on in the hearts of those he left foot prints on. Dano you will be missed by many.

    My sympathies to his loved ones. Love sent to you all.

  23. My sympathies to the Family. Dan introduced me to many bands and music that I still enjoy today.

  24. Nos plus sincères condoléances Freda ainsi qu’à toute la famille. Nous vous gardons dans nos pensées et prières en ces moments difficiles. Dano sera dans vos coeurs pour l’éternité. Bon courage. 🙏🙏❤️❤️

  25. Dan became an important friend soon after we met working at a record store in Montreal in 1990. We lost touch long ago but I remember laughing with him and talking music with him…I am so sad to hear he is gone. My sincere condolences to his family and friends. I share at least a little of your grief.

  26. Sincères sympathies à ma tante Freda et à la famille. Many cherished memories of Danny that we will never forget. May he rest in peace.

  27. Mes sincères condoléances Trish,Caedus,Freda,Denise,Monique,our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  28. Sincères condoléances à Freda et la famille. Qu’il repose en paix.

  29. Tu nous a visiter à l’école pour nous parler de ta carrière en animation et arts une quinzaine d’année passer. T’était tellement inspirant pi gentille. Sa ma apprit d’être plus fier d’notre culture acadienne pi de poursuivre les arts, Merci Dano. Mes condoléance a la famille.

  30. Nos sincères condoléances à toute la famille. Our hearts go out to Dano’s immediate family, Trish and Caedus. Many cherished childhood memories growing up with Danny in the neighbourhood…
    Big hugs to Freda, Denise and Monique.
    RIP, Dano

  31. Mes plus sincères sympathies à toute la famille. Mes pensées sont avec vous pendant ce moment difficile. 💕

  32. So sorry to Dan’s family fur this terrible loss. Many years ago, as a young reporter in Moncton. I did a story on Acadieman. We had friends in common and he would later become my roommate. He was kind and creative, and kept a very nice home 🙂 You will be missed, Dan. Peace be with you.

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