Posted by Stan & Marjo Petrie-Sparks | 07-Dec-2020
It’s hard to think that Dennis will not return some comment about this tribute that would make you laugh out loud! In fact, the greatest part of thinking about Uncle Dennis is that it makes me smile every time. That is indeed a legacy to cherish!
We were so sad to hear the news of Uncle Dennis’ passing. Big hugs to you, Aunt Betty, and the family. We didn’t see Uncle Dennis often, but being in BC and in Victoria and Vancouver through the years, we were one of his destinations. He did love to drive/tour around. It always amazed me that he could, and did, do that trip without an overnight stop. Playing crib as so many of the Sparks do… coffee with him and Aunt Betty in their home in Calgary not even a year after Denis & I were married… reunions in Salmon Arm… some of the memories of Uncle Dennis… and, yes, as someone mentioned there was oft a twinkle in his eye and there were times I didn’t know if he was joking or not…. Uncle Dennis you will be missed. Aunt Betty and family hold the memories tight and take comfort in them. Much love, Bev & Denis
I also worked with Dennis at CRA. He patiently taught me about GST in a way that I finally understood! He often made me laugh with his quick wit and I enjoyed hearing about his golf games, his love of driving around the country and his children. He called me Debra Lee which I will never understand but I can still see the twinkle in his eye when he said it. I send my heartfelt sympathy to his family. Rest easy Dennis.
So sorry for the loss in your family. Dennis and I never worked on the same team but we chatted often, as we liked to tell each other stories about our feathery friends. He will be missed around the office by all who knew him.
Rest in Peace Dennis
I have so many happy memories of Dennis...he took me under his wing when I joined his team many years ago and he was my first work friend and mentor. He was always gruff and grumbled anytime I asked for help or guidance, but I never doubted he cared; his heart was as big as they come. His kindness will not be forgotten by any who knew him.
May his family find comfort in one another during this difficult time.
Rest easy, Dennis...you were a wonderful friend and I miss you terribly.
I was one of many that worked with Dennis for about the last 20 years. Dennis was a big boy, to me he was like a Clydesdale a big work horse, happiest when working, which he did right up to the end. At work we some times called him Sparky and he was well liked and his dry humour was widely appreciated. He often talked of his family and the home projects with Betty & Robbie and about his girls out east whether it was their new lawn mower or car he always spoke of his family with pride. My condolences to you all. He did pretty good from a boy from Champion Alberta. May he RIP