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Dennis Paul Carmella

Fixture in N.J. music world for over 50 years as drummer and singer in numerous bands

Dennis Paul Carmella, of Wall, N.J., passed away peacefully on September 19, 2017 at Ocean Medical Center in Brick. He was 67.

Born in New Brunswick, N.J. on December 30, 1949, Dennis attended Rahway schools and graduated from Rahway High School in 1967. A musician for his entire life. he was best known as the drummer for Sam the Band, a legendary Jersey Shore band that performed throughout New Jersey and beyond in the 1970s and early 1980s. He also played in many other bands over the years, including The Benny Troy Band, The Deal, The Party Animals, The Boomers, The New Noise Boys, and numerous wedding bands. Since 2004, he performed with his wife, Marnee, in a singing duo known as Eclipse 2.

Dennis was predeceased by his mother Lillian in 2008 and his father Angelo in 2012. He is survived by his beloved wife Marnee; his son Dennis of Florida; his stepson Patrick and his wife Gretchen Moody of Massachusetts; his stepdaughter Gwenn and her husband Charles Hicks of Florida; his brother Richard and his wife Eileen of High Bridge, N.J.; his sister Angela and her husband Paul Hauge of Westfield, N.J.; his brother-in-law Wes Cook of Wall Township; grandchildren Kyra, Ashley and Adam; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends and family are invited to attend the viewing on Friday, September 22 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at Colonial Funeral Home at 1045 Sally Ike Road in Brick. A funeral service will be offered on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Ocean County Memorial Park, Toms River, N.J. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.colonialfuneralgroup.com
Published in Asbury Park Press & Home News Tribune on Sept. 21, 2017
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