In memory of
1950 - 2008
I welcome you to www.danielhetu.com
As Daniel's friend and agent, I originally put this site online to create a virtual bridge between his fans and him, but barely a year later, he left us without warning, leaving a big void around us.
I then made the decision to keep the website online, as a posthumous tribute, in order to keep alive the memory of this great man who knew how to distinguish himself as much by his remarkable talent as by his human qualities and who left in my life a lasting memory.
Talent, Daniel was overflowing with! As a singer, as a composer, as a conductor, as an arranger ... He always stood out. He only had to listen to a musical piece once, to decipher the entire orchestration and put it down on paper. On the organ, the piano or the keyboard, his fingers waltzed to the rhythm of emotions, with extraordinary dexterity. He mystically melted into it until becoming an integral part of it. In his hands, the instruments became an extension of himself and his genius. The perfect symbiosis between him and the music always produced wonderful moments of emotion. How many times have I seen him sit at the piano at home and let his soul live through the instrument. It was magical !
And what about her sweet and caressing voice. How much warmth and tenderness emerged from it. How many hearts have let themselves be lulled to the rhythm of the romantic songss that he liked to sing. How could we forget!
I also remember all those evenings that we spent laughing around the table. He was such an extraordinary entertainer. He was a born comic. He always found the words to make people laugh and God knows everything he could do to amuse tpeople around him. Skillful word games, hilarious facial expressions, funny jokes, wacky tales, everything went by and laughter invariably burst out.
I should also point out that he was an extraordinary storyteller. It could easily captivate us and make us experience ranges of emotions. However, his thunderous and contagious laugh hid many wounds, which made him a being deeply bruised by life, a man who knew all too well the pains engendered by lying, wickedness, hypocrisy, jealousy and betrayal. He had suffered from those things so many times but was nevertheless resigned to go forward. Notwithstanding the appearances, his life was a hard fight that his temperament as a go-getter forced him to tirelessly lead, day after day, concealing the pain that gnawed him mercilessly. Deeply wounded by life, he could not bear to see his loved ones suffer. Whatever happened, he used all aspects of his personality to lighten the mood and people's hearts. He tried to make them forget their difficult trials, even for a moment, by providing them with real laugh therapy. Not afraid of ridicule, he could do almost anything to see the sorrow disappear from the faces of those he loved. In addition, he also knew how to find words to comfort and encourage.
He was a fundamentally good man, perhaps even too much. Empathetic, he knew how to listen to others and always proved to be ready to help anyone who asked him. Counting neither the efforts nor the hours, he gave himself totally, without asking anything in return. He always had his heart on his hand. Devoid of all malice, his simplicity, his humanity, his authenticity, his generosity and his understanding of emotional suffering made him an incomparable friend. No matter where he went, his warm smile, the zest for life he spread and the kindness that characterized him shone brightly in people's eyes.
With his departure, Quebec lost one of its greatest musical talent and I lost much more than a Friend, I lost a Brother.
Since that tragic day, not a single day has passed without wonderful memories coming back to my mind, making me smile and making me momentarily nostalgic.
His photos hanging on the wall of my office, around the gold disc which had been given to him in 1979 for the song "Je t'attendais", reminds me daily of the luck I had of being able to rub shoulders with him in privacy as in his work.
One thing is certain, even if he passed away on this cold evening in January 2008, he will forever live on in my memory, through the many and wonderful memories he generously left me.
I hope that, like me, you will keep in your mind for a long time the memory of this extraordinary man who has marked the life of so many people with his generosity, his love and his immense talent.
Daniel, I'll never forget you !
(I miss you my Friend)
Eugène L. Bérubé
This page has been translated from french to english with Google translate
WWW.DANIELHETU.COM was Daniel's official website until his death in January 2008. In the days following the announcement of his death, more than ten thousand people visited this website and hundreds of them sent me expressions of sympathy.
Since then I have preserved and maintained this website as a posthumous tribute to my great friend, in order to keep alive the memory of this man, whose remarkable musical talent, warm voice, endearing personality, humor and delicious fast quips has deeply marked my heart as well as that of an entire generation in Quebec.
Special thanks to Diane Juteau Hétu, Pierre Dionne, Rose Bordeleau, Dominique Villeneuve, France Nadeau, Céline Vézina, Danielle Trudeau, Chantal Gravel, as well as Lyne Chicoine & Marcel Bergeron from Sonorisation MB, for generously donated photos and documents to enrich the tribute to Daniel via this website.
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