KAY, Dennis Michael (M.D.) emergency room physician, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, after a valiant fight with cancer. Dr. Kay was born Dec. 13, 1952 in Lawton, OK, to Herbert J. and Jeanne Kay (deceased). He is survived by his father and sisters, Carol Isaac Hananel and Robin (Robert) Moel; his five nieces and one nephew will miss their Uncle Denny. Dr. Kay was a graduate of the University of Florida as well as the University of South Florida Medical School. Dr. Kay worked for many years in Tampa including Tampa General, Tampa Memorial and St. Joseph's Hospitals, tending to his patients as an Emergency Room Physician. Later, Dennis's entrepreneurial spirit took flight as he perfected and comme-rcialized several medical inventions for treatment of incontinence and other medical problems. Some of Dr. Kays' inventions were used by NASA and their astronauts. He held a number of patents for his work in this area. Dennis was a true Floridian; loving fishing, sailing, snorkeling and lapping up the sun. When he pulled in the reel, he took his prize to the kitchen with gourmet finesse and added Asian flavor whenever he could. He took great pleasure in his motorcycle trips and mountain bike excursions. Dennis also enjoyed archery and golf. Among his friends, Steve Field was a great source of support for Dennis and his family during his illness. His amazing team of nursing aides, Rosie, Ingrid, Debbie and others, were with him until he was at peace. A special thank you to the second floor nursing staff and doctors of Tampa Memorial Hospital and to the team at Melech Hospice for easing Dennis's last days. In the spirit of the sailor, Dennis wanted to become one with the sea. His life will be celebrated at a memorial service at temple Ahavat Shalom, 1575 Curlew Road, Palm Harbor, Sunday, Oct. 6th, at 4 pm. Shiva and visitation will be at his father's home. Rabbi Gary Klein was a dear source of comfort for Dennis and his family during his illness. Rabbi Klein will officiate at Dr. Kay's memorial. In lieu of flowers, please donate to either the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, the Jewish National Fund or the
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Oct. 5, 2013