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Beloved custodian remembered after untimely death

May 6, 2010
NORTHRIDGE, CA — Students and staff at California State University at Northridge are mourning the untimely death of custodian Daniel MacDonald, according to the Daily Sundial.
According to the story, MacDonald, who is presumed to have died of natural causes, was discovered lifeless in dressing room #9 on the basement level of Nordhoff Hall on April 29.
MacDonald, known by many on campus as "The Big Blue Teddy Bear," was responsible for the cleanliness and upkeep of Nordhoff Hall, where the university''s theatre department is located, the story stated.
MacDonald began working at California State University at Northridge in 1999, and during his time at the university he bettered the lives of many with his strong work ethic, his wit and his genuine passion for personal relationships, the story noted.
Maro Parian, costume shop supervisor for the theater department, said: "I don’t call it cleaning the area because he really took care of it. He felt a special attachment, because his mother was a seamstress and she hand-made dresses for people as Mae West and Carmen Miranda. He took pride in his work. He had more integrity and work ethics then I can say for most people these days. The theatre department was his home. He even had his ''special room,'' dressing room #9, where he hung out on his brakes. All the students knew of his space and respected that."
While MacDonald will no longer be physically present at every show the theatre department produces, his legacy and kind smile will forever live on in the hearts of those he touched, the story added.
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