My Child had varied aliases…Dowie, Bam Bam, Clark, Little Man, Man Man, and of course Gorgeous, which by far was his favorite. He would smile from ear to ear whenever I called him” Gorgeous”.
How do I sum up who Darren whom I called was…an amazing human being with an incredible heart full of love and kindness that always overflowed unto whomever he encountered.
Darren was born on December 25th, 1993, in Paterson, NJ. Even when still in the womb, his silly character already showed. He would stick one hand out and when I pushed it back in, he would stick it out to another spot. We would go back and forth doing this until one of us got tired.
From Kindergarten through 2nd grade, he attended Our Lady Help of Christian School in East Orange, NJ then Abundant Life Christian School in Nutley, NJ from 3rd through 8th grade, and attended Bloomfield High School afterward.
Throughout his school life, his friends could not help but see how amazing a human being he was. He had an incredible heart full of love and kindness that always overflowed with whomever he interacted with. You could not interact with him and not take to his magnetic personality, which immediately made you care for him.
The magnetic aura he had; immediately had you care for his wellbeing. Aside from being kind and generous, he was also quite a character. He always had a sense of humor that showed in the pictures he took. He was always smiling, “his smile is contagious” his friends would often say.
Even if there were people who wronged him, that never stopped him from giving them the shirt off his back. His heart was incredible, it had no room for malice. He always forgave.
My Gorgeous sometimes tended to be introverted. He would keep everything bottled in and never wanted to burden anyone with his problems or concerns. He always wanted to handle it on his own. And that is where his struggle lies.
He would instead express himself through his art. So, in 2017 he joined Blazin Ink as a tattoo artist apprentice to fulfill his passion for becoming a tattoo artist. Whether it would be in his drawings, making T-shirts, hats, wood carvings, or writing poems or lyrics Darren’s incredible artistic talent always showed in his creations.
He was always an encourager and motivator not only to me and his family but to many friends and even strangers.
I don’t know an individual who loved and cared for people in the world more than Darren did, a selfless love he had.
Darren will be missed immensely; this world is now void of a wonderful human being and will never be the same.