Photo courtesy of Gardner Funeral Home, Runnemede

Michael P. Dennis

Runnemede, New Jersey

Mar 15, 1948 – Feb 5, 2020 (Age 71)


March 15, 1948
February 5, 2020
Runnemede, New Jersey


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Gardner Funeral Home, Runnemede Obituary

Michael P. Dennis, on February 5, 2020, of Cherry Hill. Age 71.

Beloved husband of Cathy (nee Shellenberger). Loving step-father of Brian Whitney, Kevin Whitney (Pam) and Timothy Whitney (Gina). Devoted grandfather of Maria Qualtieri, Vincent, Giana, Marcella, Elizabeth and Maeve Whitney. Dear brother of Mary Sue Slagle (the late Gary), Patrick Dennis (Michelle), Theresa Janusz (Ron) and Samuel Dennis. Son of the late Paul C. and Dorothea (nee Eder) Dennis. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.

Mr. Dennis attended Berklee School of Music in Boston, New England Conservatory of Music, University of Delaware, Rider University, Rutgers University and Strassford University in England. Mr. Dennis taught at Rutgers, Chestnut Hill, Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine, Burlington City High School and Crossman Drum and Bugle Corp. He was a member of Orpheus Club of Philadelphia.

Mr. Dennis worked for Kennedy Health System, Virtua Health System and PROVunclar and Earle, Palmer, Brown and Associates. Music was his passion. He played all instruments, mostly brass. He designed, repaired and built brass instruments. Mr. Dennis loved to golf, sail and loved his red Porsche. He was a wonderful man who touched many.

There will be a viewing from 6 to 8pm Sunday eve and 9:15 to 10:15am Monday morning at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, RUNNEMEDE.

Funeral Mass 11am Monday Holy Child Parish, St. Teresa RC Church, Runnemede.

Interment private.

Family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Mr. Dennis’ memory to Homeward Bound Pet Adoption Center, 125 County House Road, Blackwood, NJ 08012.

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Mike was such a fervent advocate of great music! He will he dearly missed!

Mike was a great person and pivotal in the development of the Crossmen. He is the arranger of Russian Christmas Music which is the to this day played yearly.

God bless

Mike was a truly kind, talented and gracious person. And there are no words that can fully express the impact he had on my life as a Crossmen. He was one of the key people who helped secure pre tour housing for me. He was also one of the first people I met when I joined the Corps and I knew right away that he was a very special person. He was a highly talented instructor/musician and his love, passion and devotion for the Crossmen will remain as one of the lasting legacies of our Corps. ...

I was lucky to be a member of the Crossmen with Mike as our bugle instructor. He taught us, he motivated us and he cared.......alot.

I will always remember Mike as a fellow member of the Rebel Devil Drum and Bugle Corp. His talent way back in the sixties was evident and his love for music was obvious. My sympathies to his entire family.

We are so sorry to hear about Mikes death. We know hes been suffering for a long time. May he rest in peace. Vanda and Nick Petruccelli

Mike was a wonderful and talented. He was a great addition to the OC and I learned much about music from him ( I sorely.need to do so)Rest in peace Mike. Ken Powell Orpheus 1988

It was a privilege to know Mike as a member of Blue Rock, a friend, and fellow instructor at Crossman D&B Corps. He was happy and hard working guy who could make a horn or play a horn and fix Mo sad t anything else.

Mike was a mentor, colleague and friend.
He was kind hearted and always found the good in people no matter the circumstances. Bless your soul Mike