Dennis Duane Delmain, 68, of Lecanto, (aka Pops, Papa, Uncle Denny) went to join his parents; his oldest son, John; his nephews, Ivan Jr. and Sean; and sister-in-law, Judy, on Jan. 25, 2013,
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This is a summary of the life of one of the funniest, most honorable, talented, best-looking (he paid me to write that) men we have ever had the privilege of knowing. He was a devoted husband, father, brother, son, uncle, and grandfather. He taught us you have to have a sense of humor about the good times and the bad, the importance of hard work and family.
He was born Feb. 8, 1944, joining his parents, Ivan Dan and Mary Delmain and big brother, Ivan, in St. Louis, Mo. At age 18 a happy, hard-working young man faced the first of many challenges in his life. An accident in gym class during senior year left him with a broken neck. During his recovery he still managed to keep his sense of humor. He graduated Dunedin High School and became a firefighter with the Safety Harbor Fire Department and also was a master brick mason like his father and brother.
The best day of his life was the day he met Joyce "Annette." She gave him what he craved the most, a wonderful family, a solid marriage, friendship, partnership and a life that few people will ever witness. He always wanted to try new things. With his wife by his side, they were successful business owners, and owned Fireside Fireplaces and Dan-D Radiator in Homosassa and J&D Surplus in Carrabelle.
An avid poker player, he won as much as he lost but always had fun. He was a knowledgeable and talented fisherman until his health failed him. He taught several generations of Delmains' the finer points of card-playing and he schooled a few on some of the best fishing spots.
He is survived by his extraordinary wife of 42 years and cornerstone of the family, Joyce Annette Delmain; sons, Wayne (Cheryl) and Joe (Laura); grandchildren, Blake (Stephanie), Samantha, John, Dennis (Shelly), Sean, Gianna and Niklas; great-grandchildren, Michael, Travis, Oliver and Faith; brother, Ivan; his special niece, Marianne; nephew, Duane (Donna); great-nephew, Matthew; cousin, Mike McCool; "second son," James Conley.
He will always be on the tips of our rods and in our hearts.
Published in Citrus County Chronicle from Feb. 2 to Feb. 5, 2013