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DOWD, Dennis M. It is with overwhelming sadness that the family of Dennis M. Dowd announces his sudden passing on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at the age of 76. Currently of Norfolk, Dennis was a life-long resident of Dover. A graduate of Stockbridge / Alpha Tau Gamma; UMASS Amherst with a BS in Urban Forestry; M.Ed in Instructional Design, he was a certified arborist and horticulturist; a HAZMAT Technician; course developer and instructor for the Mass Firefighting Academy and Middlesex Community College; a 45 year member of the Dover Fire Dept.; Fire Chief, Winchendon; past President Mass Nurseryman's Association; past President Stone Street Strummers Banjo Band; member of the Dover Foundation; Dover Tree Warden for 34 years; former owner of Dowd's Nursery and Landscape Development Inc.; and Treasurer of Deerfield Tree Farm Inc. (LDI); S.Sgt MA ARNG Ret. Dennis will be lovingly remembered by his wife Nancy of 48 years and son Gregory; his daughter-in-law Julie, and his two grandchildren, J.T. and Ryan; his sister Carole Slaman; his brother Mike and wife Peg; his brother Henry and wife Cindy; his wife's brother and sister-in-law, David and Mary Critchlow; and numerous nieces, nephews, friends, and colleagues. Dennis is preceded in death by his parents Henry and Margaret, his sister Margaret, and his son Matthew. A Celebration of Dennis' life will be held on Thursday, April 28 at 10am at the Church of the Most Precious Blood in Dover followed by a reception at the Dover American Legion. A private burial will take place before the Prayer Service. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Matthew Dowd can be made to: ALS TDI, 300 Technology Sq., Suite 400, Cambridge, MA 02139. Online guestbook at gfdoherty.com. George F. Doherty & Sons Needham 781-444-0687
Published in The Boston Globe on Apr. 24, 2016
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