Dan Dunlop succumbs to his injuries following Hwy. 11 crash
Local entertainer Dan Dunlop, shown in this recent photo, died Saturday. (Mark Wanzel Photo)
Dan Dunlop, Barrie's own 'Big Mouth', has died.
Dunlop passed away in his Barrie home Saturday morning after succumbing to injuries he sustained in a serious crash on Highway 11 in October. He was 55.
His program Big Mouth, on Rogers TV in Barrie, was a reflection of his outgoing and hilarious personality, according to his best friend, Larry Hurd.
"He was bigger than life," Hurd said about his friend, Sunday.
"Dan was a real-life Barrie celebrity. We don't have a lot of them but he definitely was one," he said. "No one ever made me laugh as much as Dan. You'd have to ask him to stop, you'd be laughing so much. He'd be getting some kind of weird energy out of making you laugh."
Dunlop was a York Regional Police news-story-of-the-year recipient and Seneca radio and TV graduate who was a familiar sight prowling around Barrie streets with his camera and microphone. He was also a cartoonist and musician and his Baron of Barrie short film was judged during a Barrie Film Festival.
After the crash that nearly claimed his life, the community rallied around Dunlop during a special benefit concert and dinner held on Sunday, Nov. 11 at the Spotlight Event Centre.
Hurd is planning an event that will recognize his friend's accomplishments, sense of humour and contributions to Barrie.
"We need to celebrate Dan and his life," Hurd said. "We're likely to see a combination of entertainment and an open mic where people can get up and tell their Dan stories. And there will be lots of them," he chuckled.
"People do have their stories, even if it's them running away from him when he came up to them with his microphone. Stay tuned for details," he said, of when and where the event will take place.