In Loving Memory
of my beautiful dad
May 19, 1949-October 8, 2014
I never would have imagined I’d be writing my dad’s obituary. This is a sad day for me. How do you put 65 years of someone’s life down in words? If you knew my dad I hope he will be
remembered in your heart as he was….kind, gentle, friendly and caring. If you didn’t know my dad then please let me share a little glimpse of his life.
Dennis lived in Prince Rupert his whole life with his family. He had 3 sisters and a brother. He worked at the CN for the majority of his life until he took an early retirement. He was married and divorced. He had a child, then a son in law and now a granddaughter. When he wasn’t spending time with family he could be found cruising around Rupert in one of his many cars or motorcycles which was his true hobby. He enjoyed traveling, camping and visiting with friends and family. He had a simple but full life.
I admire that my dad was old school work hard and save money. He didn’t need a fancy house or fancy clothes. He never lived outside his means but lived close to his heart. Family came first. He took care of his parents and a lot of times that meant putting their needs first. He loved his mother more than anything and helped her till she passed away. He also loved his sisters and made sure he talked to them every day. And he loved me, my husband and daughter more than sometimes I think life itself. Always making sure we were “ok”. He made sure to tell us every day how loved we were.
I was very fortunate to take care of my dad during these past 4 years of his life. I will treasure what I remember from my childhood, a funny laughing dad, being goofy, always puttering around his workshop or washing a car. I will treasure my adult memories, going for walks, hanging at the beach and
visiting with me. I will treasure this past year, helping him, talking with him and holding his hand until his last breath.
He was known as “Uncle Dennis” “Grampa” and “Dad”. We miss him so much already. We will never forget him and I hope you don’t too. Let’s keep him in our hearts. I know he is watching over us now and keeping us safe.
Dennis was predeceased by father Steve, mother Evelyn and Brother Bill. Survived by his daughter Lee-Ann (Jeff) Clarke, the apple of his eye “LACEY”, Sisters Darlene Morberg, Marlene Bender, and Pat(Derek) Mercer. He will be missed by Judy and Pearson family, and many nieces, nephews and their families as well.
Thank you for the flowers we have received and all the kind words I have read and shared with so many. Thank you to the first responders and
Ambulance attendants that came so quickly. Thank you to Dr.Croft for your many years of care. Thank you to the Doctors and Nurses in the ER that helped me and my dad during this difficult time. A special thanks to Nikki for being my
support, Shareen who stayed with me till the very end and my husband Jeff for
everything he does every day.