Tuesday, October 26, 2010

As you've heard, Dennis passed away yesterday (Monday) at about 5:00 pm. He collapsed at work and was never revived.

We know that Dennis was a part of a lot of peoples' lives and we want to open up this forum as a memorial. Feel free to comment with tributes and memories, as well as condolences to his family and to each other.

[We suspect that Dennis would've rolled his eyes at the idea of a blog being set up in his honor. Which is part of the beauty.]

We'll also post details on the funeral service as they solidify.

Thanks so much for your concern, love, and support.


  1. Look, the trees are turning their own bodies into pillars of light, are giving off the rich fragrance of cinnamon and fulfillment,the long tapers of cattails are bursting and floating away over the blue shoulders of the ponds, and every pond, no matter what its name is, is nameless now.Every year everything I have ever learned in my lifetime leads back to this: the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation,whose meaning none of us will ever know.To live in this world you must be able to do three things:to love what is mortal;to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it; and, when the time comes to let it go,to let it go.
    ~ Mary Oliver ~

  2. Dennis and I shared a love for all things sugary and terrible for your teeth. He outed me for this early in our time working together and fed my habit by periodically picking up packages of gummy orange slices and gum drops from the shop around the corner from The Leonardo's office. Then he'd walk in the door, rattle the bag of candy in front of me and give me That Look while I made feeble protests against more sugar. I always gave in, and he always knew that I would. It was a $1.50 bag of candy, but it showed how gentle he was with us all -- giving, generous, kind, but always with a mischievous twinkle in his eye.

  3. And one more to share. I was pregnant and trying to keep it a secret at the office for a few months until I was far enough along to share the news. Dennis and I were sitting around one morning waiting for a meeting to start when he looked over at me, gave me the eye, and said something like, "you're looking very rosy cheeked these days - what's going on with you?" I PANICKED! I stammered through some excuse (and probably flushed bright red through the whole lie) and then avoided him for a few weeks. When I finally told everyone at the office, he immediately said "I KNEW you were!" and I burst out laughing -- he had pegged me almost from the beginning but was decent enough to not say anything. A perfect, discreet gentleman!

  4. Kersten, thank you for sharing this. I had similar experiences with Dad during each of my pregnancies. In fact he new about one of them before I did.