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Leslie J. "Essy" Dennis

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WHITEHALL -- Leslie J. ‘Essy’ Dennis, 65, of Williams Street, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, March 31, 2004, at the Glens Falls Hospital.

Born Feb. 6, 1939, in Whitehall, he was the son of the late Edward Dennis and Mabel (Kelly) Dennis Aubin. A 1956 graduate of Whitehall Central School, he entered the United States Navy and was stationed in Little Creek, Va. After the Navy, Essy worked for the Department of Military and Naval Affairs at the State Armory in Whitehall until his retirement in 1995. He married his best friend, Dorothy Day, on April 15, 1961.

Essy was a former member of the Skenesborough Volunteer Fire Department, Skenesborough Rescue Squad, National Guard, and Adirondack Booster Club, where he served as treasurer for many years. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, spending summers at Lake Bomoseen Campground, and traveling.

Besides his parents, he is predeceased by one brother, Edward.

Besides his wife of 42 years, Dorothy (Day) Dennis of Whitehall, he is survived by one son, James Dennis of Whitehall; two daughters, Karen Tommasino and her husband Ralph of Hoosick Falls and Diane Stocker of Concord, N.H.; four grandsons, who were the joy of his life, Philip Tommasino, Michael Tommasino, Christopher Tommasino, and Steven Tommasino, all of Hoosick Falls; one sister, Mabel Goodspeed of Granville, several nieces, nephews, cousins,and friends.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 5, at Our Lady of Hope Roman Catholic Church in Whitehall with Fr. David LeFort, pastor, officiating.

Interment will follow at Greenmount Cemetery in Whitehall.

Friends and family may call at Jillson Funeral Home, Inc., 46 Williams St., Whitehall from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, April 4.

Following the interment, friends and family are invited to the Skenesborough Volunteer Fire Department Hall for a time of fellowship and refreshments. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of a donation in his name to Our Lady of Hope Roman Catholic Church, 9 Wheeler Ave., Whitehall, N.Y. 12887 or the Skenesborough E.M.S., P.O. Box 333, Whitehall, NY 12887.
Published in Bennington Banner from Apr. 3 to Apr. 4, 2004
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