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DENNIS PATRICK CLEARY Dennis Patrick Cleary, 85 years old, of North Palm Beach, FL died on Saturday, February 25, 2012. Born in Chicago, IL a son of James Edward and Genevieve Cummings Cleary, Sr., he was a resident of the Palm Beach area since 1947. Mr. Cleary loved his Catholic faith and was a founding member of St. Juliana Catholic Church; a founding member of St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church; a founding member of St. Patrick Catholic Church; and remained a longtime member of St. Clare Parish. He was also instrumental in the development of the Catholic schools in St. Juliana Parish, St. Ann Parish, and subsequently Cardinal Newman High School. Mr. Cleary was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus, Palm Beach Council 2075 where he served as a Past Grand Knight and a Past District Deputy for District #6; was a member of the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, Andrew Doherty Assembly 2075; an active member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society; and a longtime member of the Jupiter Elks Lodge 2469. He was also a Veteran of World War II, having served in the US Navy as an aviation machinist and the Commodore's driver. His professional career included being President of the Dixie Laundry Company; an owner in the Cleary Brother's Construction Company; the Cleary Corp; the Clecco Corp; the Juno Prestressors Corp, now known as Cypress Island; and the Senior Citizens of Florida, Inc. which owned the Comeau Building and the former "Shell Pits" currently known as Okeeheelee Park. He also helped develop the Commodore's Pocket; and most recently served as an officer and Board member with his sons at the Palmwood Corporation. Mr. Cleary was preceded in death by two brothers, James E. Cleary, Jr., and William Francis Cleary. He is survived by his wife, Mary Virginia Cleary; thirteen children, Eleanor Woolems (James), John Patrick Cleary, Julia Merrell (Dann), Timothy Cleary (Mary Margaret), Cecilia Perry (Hap), Mary Frances Pick (Donald), Irene Goffe (Ken), Katherine Cleary, Dennis Michael Cleary (Tess), Virginia Smith (Jeff), Sheila Pawlak (Rene), Joan Beckim (Scott), and Loretta Kelley (Tom); twenty-three grandchildren; four great grandchildren; his brother, John Bernard Cleary (Martine); and sisters-in-law, Martha Cleary and Mary Cleary Ierardi. The family will receive friends on Friday, March 2, 2012 from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM at Quattlebaum Funeral Home, 1201 South Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33401, with a Scripture Service to be held at 7:00 PM. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Saturday, March 3, 2012 at St. Clare Catholic Church, North Palm Beach, FL, with Rev. William D. O'Shea, Pastor, officiating. The family will also receive friends in fellowship immediately following the Mass. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Dennis Patrick Cleary to the St. Vincent de Paul Society 1000 Lantana Rd., Lantana, FL 33462. www.svdpusa.org QUATTLEBAUM FUNERAL HOME Family Owned and Operated (561) 832-5171 To express condolences and/or make donations Visit PalmBeachPost.com/obituaries
Published in The Palm Beach Post from Feb. 27 to Mar. 5, 2012