TrekMovie has some sad news to report about two notable Star Trek fans. Over the weekend Daniel Craft, the fan who was recently granted a last wish to see Star Trek Into Darkness, passed away. In addition Alberto Lisiero, founder the the largest Italian fan club and translator for Star Trek films in Italy, also passed away this past week. TrekMovie has been in touch with both Daniel and Alberto’s wives. We have statements and photos from both below
Dan Craft passes only a week after Star Trek Into Darkness last wish fullfilled
Two weeks ago TrekMovie reported about Dan Craft, a 41-year-old New York Star Trek fan whose last wish to see an early cut of Star Trek Into Darkness was granted by JJ Abrams. Dan’s wife Paige Barr has informed TrekMovie that he passed away over the weekend. She also sent this photo of her and Dan watching the rough cut of Star Trek Into Darkness which was brought to their Manhattan apartment by one of the film’s producers.
Dan Craft with his wife Paige Barr – watching preview of "Star Trek Into Darkness"
Daniel is survived by his mother, brother & wife Paige Jennifer Barr who is an comedic actress and film maker in her own right. Paige says of Dan "I will miss so many things about Daniel, we had so many adventures together. He had so many opinions and suggestions about my silly short films that he was so supportive of; but most of all I will miss hearing him laugh, we laughed a lot."
Paige also sent over these photos of the pair of them at the Las Vegas Star Trek convention in 2011.
A private service for Dan will be held later this month. Paige tells TrekMovie that Dan donated his body to science and the family are happy it was accepted and his wishes are being carried out.
Italian Star Trek Fan Club Founder Passes
And in other sad news Alberto Lisiero, founder of Star Trek Italian Club (Italy’s largest Star Trek fan club) passed away on New Year’s Day. According to Alberto’s wife it was an unexpected death and the family and Italian fans who knew Alberto are in shock.
Alberto was instrumental in fostering Star Trek fandom in Italy, including organizing the annual STICCON conventions, which brought in Star Trek celebrities. Last summer STICCON held its 26th annual convention and featured appearances with Gates McFadden, Garret Wang and other celebrities. Here is a video featuring Alberto from the con.
Gabriella describes Albert as "the founder of everything Star Trek is in Italy." In addition to running the club and acting as president of the annual conventions, Alberto also was editor in chief of the official Italian Star Trek Magazine Alberto has even helped out TrekMovie.com with covering events from Italy over the years. Alberto and his wife also has helped Paramount in Italy over the years in both promotion of Star Trek movies as well as providing translation work films, home video, books and comics. He was just starting to help out for the launch of Star Trek Into Darkness in Italy and his wife tells TrekMovie she will continue on with that "my deepest regret is that he won’t be able to see it. But of course the best way to honor him is to not let his Italian legacy to die, therefore we will continue his work."
Memorial page for Alberto Lisiero on STIC website