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Dennis Scott Arden, 55, passed away December 28, 2016, at his home in the Pacific Northwest, from complications related to cancer. Dennis is lovingly remembered by his cherished wife Alice, step-daughters Sandy (Craig) Conlee, Kathy (Woody) Piquette and Jymeen Vandagriff, his brother Jim (Marlene) Arden, sister Nancy (Wayne) Gilpin, nephew Ryan Gilpin, and some really great cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents, Sidney Arden in 2000, and June Arden in 2007. Dennis grew up in Woodland Hills, California. Using his mother's piano, he taught himself to play by ear. Later, he composed his own tunes; and he taught himself to tune, repair and rebuild pianos. Dennis used to criticize the expense and difficulty of getting tools and parts; some piano parts are used in other stringed instruments, for example, dulcimers, sitars, and zithers. Nobody retailed them; piano parts and tools were only available to professionals. So Dennis began manufacturing and selling his own. After attending international music festivals, Dennis founded NewOctave Corp. to buy and sell piano parts and accessories. He strived to buy U.S. made parts and keep costs down. He bought a tractor, built an access road, and a warehouse. Through his International Piano Supply, Inc. website, he ended up one of the world's only retail outlets for piano parts. He sold to professionals and do-it-yourselfers, and had customers on six continents and in over 120 countries. He became successful because he offered free technical support. Dennis was a generous and caring soul, who loved his family very much. He didn't want the biggest business, just a comfortable living. He lived his dream with Alice and their cats, Sugar and Brandy, until he got sick. He enjoyed their surroundings to the end, picking Marionberries and apples that grew ripe; until he quietly and peacefully passed away in his sleep. Special thanks to Lower Columbia Hospice of Astoria (where donations may be sent,) whose staff gave Dennis and Alice such wonderful care and comfort.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Jan. 26, 2017
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