Dennis Pilgrim

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Dennis Castle Pilgrim, 76, of Centreville, died April 30 at his home. Born in Washington, DC on June 29, 1937 to the late Robert Smith Pilgrim and Virginia Faris, Mr. Pilgrim served as a photographer's mate in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. He was a self-taught musician, learning the banjo, guitar and bass. Mr. Pilgrim played with the Nighthawks, a bluegrass country band based out of the Washington, DC area. He also played as the bass player with Patsy Cline in her early career. He worked with his father at Pilgrim Film Services, Inc. in Washington, DC and Hyattsville, and moved the business to Kent Island as Pilgrim Imaging, editing and captioning film and video. He ran the business until his retirement in 2007. He and his wife, Courtney, moved to Symphony Village in 2012. Mr. Pilgrim was a member of Christ Church on Kent Island and St. Paul's Church in Centreville. He enjoyed playing cards, traveling, bluegrass music and spending time with his family and friends. He is survived by his loving wife, Courtney; his daughter, Jeanne Burden Pilgrim Mayo and her husband, Robert, of Eldersburg; brother, Jeffress Dean Pilgrim and his wife, Iwona, of Wilmington, DE; sister, Priscilla Pilgrim Eagye of Colorado; and three grandchildren, Johnathan Mayo, Jeremy Mayo and Sophie Pilgrim. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, May 5 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Centreville. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Queen Anne's, Inc., 255 Comet Dr., Centreville, MD 21617. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, P.A in Centreville. For online condolences, please visit

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Published in The Capital on May 2, 2014
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