/ For Today We Mourn A True Of The Sea
I'm sure I speak for a small, but close knit and stunned group of local climbers in passing on my thoughts and prayers to Esther, Damian's children, brothers, sisters and extended family.
In posting this message my hope is to reach out to all the climbers who's lives Damo touched, so they can truly reflect on what a remarkable person he was, and celebrate a wonderful life.
Damian I salute you, I'll miss you and wish you could have given us a few more summers,
Your brother water rat
God, that is terrible news. I didn’t know him personally, but he obviously was a remarkable guy.
Extremely sad news. My best wishes to his friends and family.
An extract from Damian published in the deep water soloing book Into the Blue -
I never met Damian, but I suspect that extract and the front cover photo of him in a perfect swan dive off the top of Connor Cove convey a great deal about the sort of guy he was. I remember being gobsmacked by the guide when it first appeared, and inspired to wend my timid way up a few of the easier classics. It is very sad to lose someone who was an inspiration to people he never even knew.
Nick Noel and myself in Bishop send our condolences to the Cook clan.
Nick has just returned from a great trip deep water soloing in Dorset and Mallorca.
He was deeply saddened by Damian's death.
This is indeed shocking news. Can you please pass on my commiserations to his family and friends.
The times I have met Damian or spoke to him he was always been charming and his zest for life came through.
I will raise a glass to his memory tonight.
Awful news. I met Damian once on the ledge under the arch at Lulworth, such a lovely chap.
I never met him but read a lot about his exploits.
My thoughts are with his family.
Thank you all for your kind comments. I'm sure the Cooks will be touched, by your thoughts and comments.
He will be truely missed
Sympathy to the family and friends
I still remember the mini-profile in Climber many years ago.
"What do you regard as the biggest threat to British climbing?
Everyone says so"
Sympathies to all Damians family and friends.
How awful. I met Damo a few times, and share the sentiments elsewhere on this thread - but words are never enough. I will get on one of your routes and think of you.
An inspiration to all.
Thoughts are with his friends and family
Very sad. My condolences to his family. Kids too; that's awful.
Also very sad that it only seems to be in threads where people have actually died that they don't get the usual RT slagging to one degree or another. I suppose in the world of RT, that's pretty much what it takes to avoid a slagging!
Sympathies to all Damians family and friends.
A great loss. I only knew him in passing, most memorably some 12yrs ago when he convinced me to solo Freeborn Man, I made it but only just, meanwhile they were hurling themselves off the top with a home made parrachute!
Shocked and stunned!
I had the pleasure of knowing Damian and his family, as well as brothers Dominic and Simon whilst they were in the UAE.
He made a significant contribution to the development of the hard sports climbing in the Emirates, and I shall be for ever in his debt for the fine photos and diagrams he provided for the guidebook which is nearing completion.
Damo was wonderful warm and generous person, who will be sadly missed.
Hazel and I send our deepest sympathies to his family, in particular to Esther and his children, and to his brothers to whom he was so close.
I am still in touch with the UAE crowd and will forward the sad news to them.
very sad news, my thoughts to his family and friends
A real shock. He was so full of fun and adventure. A real inspiration to me when I started climbing. He and his brothers were one of the reasons I got so hooked in this dangerous game. Deepest sympathies to his family and mostly his children. He will be sadly missed,
Really tragic, all sympathy to the Eszter, Rebeka and Bruce and to the entire Cook tribe.
His laid back approach will be missed. Still the only person i knew who'd drive 4 hours down to the Bih from Abu Dhabi and wait for the afternoon heat to drop backing to the 40's before attempting his problem for the day.
Unfortunately bad news travels fast and all here in the Emirates are very shocked at the awful news of Damians death. He left here last year and we all expected to meet up with him again at some stage in the future. He was always good company and very kind and thoughful.
Our sympaties go to Eszter and children and to Dominic and Simon who were also out here and to the rest of his family.
John, Dee Ian and Chris
He was a great bloke, honest, funny, top climber, all round star. The world is a much poorer place for his passing.
Rest in peace Damien.
My condolences to all of Damien's family.
That's awful. I'm so sorry. My deepest sympathies to his family and all of his friends.
Damian was my best friend. A kindred soul. We may have shared more beers than climbs but we had a bloody good laugh doing either.
Gonna miss you man.
A pioneer of deep-water world.
My deepest sympathies.
I used to know Damien in the UAE where he would drive hundreds of kms just to get a bit of climbing in over the weekend. Really easy going, friendly guy with loads of energy, had some great stories of all his various exploits.
Good to see someone who got so much out of life. My sympathies to Dominic and all the rest of his family xxx
Many thanks for all the messages of sympathy and support. Please continue to think of and pray for Damian and his wife and two children.
Send any personal cards and messages to Eszter and the children at C/O 55 Wentworth Avenue, Boscombe, Bournemouth, BH5 2EQ
All welcome to the funeral. Arrangements will be posted here as soon as they are known.
Very sad news. I have never knowingly met Damian but have enormous respect for his achievements. His efforts to publicise and de-mystify deep water soloing must have added a new dimension to many climbers' lives.
I hope this isn't an insensitive question but is there are any detail as to what went wrong? Are there any lessons to be learnt or was it just a freak accident?
I first met Damian at Connor Cove, watching him and Joff on Freeborn man was an inspiration at the time. Before they left Damian did the swallow dive from the Acapulco point as pictured on the cover of into the blue, awesome! After moving to Dorset I bumped into Damian from time to time and he always struck me as being truly enthusiastic climber who was naturally gifted. I never really got to know him but he left a lasting impression.
My thoughts are with his wife, children, family and friends at what must be a terrible time.
Rest in Peace Damian,
Everyone is more than welcome to the funeral. If you are thinking of bringing flowers then make them colourful.
As he would say, he hasn't gone, he is only in the other room.
Shocking news.. Never met him, but had nothing but respect for his achievements. My condolences.
This world is a less bright place without him and he will be very sadly missed.
My thoughts are with Eszter, children and extended family.
Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, and may the perpetual light shine upon him, may he rest in Peace, Amen.
With thanks for an amazing uncle.
I first met Damian when he came to Nescot to be “Fast Tracked” through the Cisco Networking Academy Program instructors’ course. First thoughts were what a charming young man. He did not find the course easy and was very nervous, fearing that he would fail – no chance of that. I will remember how his face lit up when he was talking of his family. His evident unconditional love of his daughter, and later his delight at the birth of his son. His fears of whether he was doing the right thing for his family. He was the sort of person every mother would love their daughter to marry. Always gentle and polite in manner, friendly, kind and helpful, very modest and understating of his own abilities but very able. I am sorry that I was not at Nescot enough over the time Damian has been there to have got to know him better. I would like his wife to know that her husband was valued and his children to know that their daddy was a very special person and I feel honoured that I have had the privilege of knowing him just a little.
very, very sad.
I was never able to meet Damian but from the very touching condolences and tributes here i take my hat off to the man, sounds to me like he lived his dream, in both his climbing and family life.
Damian was a good friend through my school years and
after, my thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
A unique individual who will be sorely missed.
Ever since I met Damian his friendliness and jovial nature have always been the thoughts I associate with him. You can’t help to enjoy whatever situation you share with him and the last day we went deep water soloing with him, his brother and the Dorset crew was one of the best ever and will remain timeless. My heart goes out to his family and close friends that knew him and cared for him so much, this is devastating news and I find it so difficult to put together words that express how I feel. He has been an inspiration, creating a new form of climbing excitement and liberation, for me, and others I climb with. He will always be there with me to share the experiences I have when climbing above the sea, where I enjoy life so much, as he did to.
Eszter wishes to welcome all of Damian's friends and colleagues to this celebration of his life.
If you would like to come please email firstname.lastname@example.org and I will reply with more details.
No fruitcakes need apply!
This weekend I attended the first deep water solo festival to be held in Croatia. It was overshadowed by the tragic events in Mallorca and the organiser, Miroslav Stec of cliffbase, dedicated the entire event in memory of Damian who was one of the original pioneers of the discipline. I hope Damian would have approved of the spirit with which the festival was held which involved climbers from Western and Eastern Europe having it both on and off the rock as much as possible. At the height of the finishing party one minute of silence was observed in Damian's memory. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.
My sincere condolences to all Damians family, a great guy what a sad sad loss!
My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.
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