Danny Gene Goff, 55, wore his gray-thinning hair and beard long and uncut, and for that, his half sister Shirley Gathright said she gave him the moniker of the "Hermit of Point Cadet."
"It was a joke between him and me, because it reminded me of the Hermit of Deer Island," Gathright said of her brother. "He said it was his protection, because no one bothered with him, and he felt safe on the streets."
Goff wasn't really a hermit. He was actually a regular fixture on the Point.
Many locals may remember Danny from the corner of Oak Street and Howard Avenue, and he helped out at the Vietnamese restaurant, stocking shelves and cleaning floors for food and essentials," Gathright said, adding thanks to the store's owners. "Most of the Vietnamese called Danny 'Lazy Bones,' because he had lost most of his sight and moved a little slow."
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He didn't mind that nickname, either, Gathright said of her brother, who was a real character and an avid sports fan who spent his life on Point Cadet, and ultimately died there as a result of his decision to stay on Oak Street during Katrina.
"I was 16 when Danny was born, and I remember him as the cutest little red-haired boy. Danny's dad and mom worked for Cruso's Canning Company until their deaths, and Danny grew up on the Point, knowing everyone and everyone knowing him. . . . Even though we tried to get Danny to move away from the Point, he said it was his home and he would never be happy anywhere else."