CONWAY- Dennis J. Delap, 65, of Conway, passed away peacefully after a brief illness on Oct. 16, 2012, with his family by his bedside at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.
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He was born in Williams Bay, Wisc., son of Frances and Norman Delap.
He was predeceased by his father Norman Delap.
He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Paula Olson of Conway. He also leaves his mother Frances, his twin sister Diane Goodall and her husband Ross, his younger sister Donna Amoth and her partner Larry, his three nieces, their husbands, and their seven children.
Dennis graduated from high school in 1965 in Williams Bay, Wisc., and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1969 from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisc. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study philosophy for one year at the university in Heidelberg, Germany. He then completed his master's level studies and continued on to pursue a Ph.D for four years at MIT and the University Of Massachusetts, Amherst. Dennis then decided to devote the next 10 years to developing his talent as an artist, primarily in oil painting.
In 1985, Dennis began his career in real estate, working 20 years at Goggin's Real Estate. In 2005, Dennis opened his own large and successful real estate company, Delap Real Estate, in Northampton. In 2012 he expanded the business and opened a branch office in Amherst.
Dennis was a member of the Realtor's Association of the Pioneer Valley, the Chamber of Commerce in Northampton and the Conway Historical Society. He was socially concerned, well informed and supported many local and national causes, including land preservation.
Dennis enjoyed life and lived it to the fullest. He played the flute, continued with his oil painting, traveled extensively, spent hours reading and learning and enjoying his home life in Conway. Dennis loved his work and helping others. He valued his colleagues and friends. He was a very outgoing, social person and enjoyed the people he met through his work. Dennis was an especially friendly, thoughtful, kind and generous person. He will be missed by the many people whose lives he has touched.
Donations in his name may be made to the Conway Festival of the Hills Scholarship Fund, the Conway Pool Committee, the Conway Historical Society or a
Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Oct. 19, 2012