Dennis Hernandez
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Bristol, CT

HERNANDEZ, Dennis Dennis Hernandez, 49, husband of Terri (Valentine) Hernandez of Bristol, passed away on Friday, (January 6, 2006) at Bristol Hospital. Mr. Hernandez was born on February 9, 1956 in Bristol, a son of the late Bienvenido and Josephine (Garcia) Hernandez. Dennis was employed at Bristol Eastern High School and took great pleasure in watching his sons play sports and attending their games. He also greatly enjoyed being with his family and friends. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his two sons, Dennis "DJ" Hernandez and Aaron Hernandez both of Bristol; his brother and sister-in-law Vito and Denora Hernandez of Bristol, his twin brother and sister-in-law David and Lisa Hernandez of Bristol; his sister and brother-in-law Ruth and Andre Valderrama of Bristol; his nieces Kizzy and Emily Hernandez; Davina and Krystal Hernandez and Tanya and Jennifer Valderrama. Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 9, at 9 a.m. from O'Brien Funeral Home, 24 Lincoln Ave., Forestville to St. Matthew Church for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Bristol. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday from 4-8 p.m. Memorial donations may be sent to: UCONN Foundation, 2390 Alumni Drive, Storrs CT 06269, please note on check it is for the Alumni Association.

Published by Hartford Courant on Jan. 7, 2006.
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Terri,DJ & Aaron,

You are still on our hearts and prayers. We think about Dennis often and miss the light he brought into this world! I know that he is watching with tremendous pride for the way you have all honored him by continuing to do what you always did, Love each other and be the best that you can be!!
The Blais Family
November 13, 2006
Terri, DJ, & Aaron,
We just learned of the tragic loss of Dennis through TV coverage at UCONN's first game of the season. We have followed DJ's career at UCONN with great pride and often thought of how proud you all must be to see DJ make it big time, especially Dennis who loved to watch his sons play ball. I had the privilage of getting to know this great family through AAU basketball in New Britain. I shared an entire week with Dennis & DJ as I drove them and five other team members to North Carolina in 1998 for the 12 & under AAU National Basketball Tournament. I was always in awe at what a terrific Dad Dennis was and how proud he was of his boys and the love he showed for you Terri. I lost my Dad this year and Rick, his grandfather, just 10 days after Dennis died, so we can certainly feel your pain. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Bette & Rick Mayo
Bette & Rick Mayo
September 6, 2006
From Our Family to Yours,

Our hearts and prayers continue to be with you and your family forever. Dennis was family to us, you all are. God Bless you all as he watches over you.

Love,
The Torres's
Bobby & Sissy Torres
February 2, 2006
I would like to express my deepest sympathy to the entire Hernandez family. Dennis was a student of mine a long, long time ago at BCHS.
He was always a gentleman and an inspiration to many to follow and his family. We will miss him in the CHS family too and keep him in our thoughts and prayers.
Jack Winters
January 14, 2006
To the Family of Dennis Hernandez, we pray that you will in time, find peace, knowing that Dennis is safe from all harm, and Happiness from the memories only a family as close as yours can make. Always think of those times and laugh as I know Dennis would. Remember that Dennis may be gone from sight, but never forgotten in our hearts. Dennis was an inspiration to everyone who knew him from, "back in the day" to the "generation of today", the Kids at Bristol Eastern are going to miss him dearly, as he would always have uplifting words to say. I will miss how no matter where he saw you he was always smiling and had a hand out or arms open, he was a gift from God that I will always be greatful for. Thanks, Dennis for being a person with love and for making Bristol a better place.
Terri, DJ & Aaron Right now it's hard and you shed those tears for a man who loved, and was a special person, but always remember he cherished, and loved you all, like a husband and father should with all his heart and soul. May God continue to bless DJ and Aaron in future endeavours, and Terri you are a remarkable women, remarkable that's what I saw, stay strong and keep the faith in God. "If God brought you to it, He will bring you through it.
Mark, Taffie, Penny & Charlotte Dudley
January 13, 2006
I remember Dennis when playing sports in the school and park department leagues He was the best all around athlete from our High school class.He made allot of us laugh in school.He was the greatest I will never forget him
Jim Filosa
January 11, 2006
To the entire Hernandez family we extend our deepest sympathy. Dennis was an inspirational individual and an exceptional athlete in his own right. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very difficult time.

The Bristol Tramps Sports Reunion Committee.
Cathy Savino
January 11, 2006
I want to send my condolences to the Hernandez family. Mr. Hernandez was a kind and loving man who I was fortunate to meet through AAU with his son DJ. I have many great memories of family trips we used to make on the weekends to different events. My thoughts and prayers are with you and I am deeply sorry for your loss.
Eric Johnston
January 9, 2006
Condolences to the entire Hernandez Family...I had the priveledge of coaching/knowing Dennis with the Bristol Park Dept & Boy's Club programs. He was a shining example of sportsmanship & determination during those very formative years. It certainly is no surprise to me that he had passed those values on to his family. Dennis' energy will live on with you forever!
Bill Kane
January 9, 2006
Dear Hernandez Family,
Today as I watched the funeral procession from my window at work, it proved what a lasting impression Dennis made in our community. I knew him from my children attending Eastern and my husband played ball with Dennis and Dave in the earlier years. Dennis certainly left his mark here through his great love and guidance to his family. Treasure the memories and please know that many people are praying for you. D.J. and Aaron, continue to make your Dad proud, and Davina, continue to make your uncle proud. To the extended Hernandez family, our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Holly, Barry, Lauren & Jamie Simard
January 9, 2006
to Aaron,and family
our deepest sympathy gose out to you and your family at this time of loss.Aaron and Dj keep doing a wonderful job because your dad is looking down on your'll.
marquis jackson
January 9, 2006
Terri, DJ, Aaron:
Your Dad was a great man. He was very proud of his boys and their accomplishments. Hold on in there. We'll miss him very much.
Ervin Family
January 9, 2006
Our family would like to express our deepest sympathy to you and your family. One can never understand why God allows things like this to happen, but I believe he has a master plan for all of us and he needed Dennis for his plan. Keep strong and healthy for the boys. Be there for them, love them. As we all know, time does heal all wounds. He will always be in your hearts. God Bless all of you to give you strength through this time of sorrow. Just ask and he will be there. We Love You!
Rod & Pam Hickey
January 9, 2006
Terri,DJ and Arron,
Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss. I went to school with Dennis and David. WOW it seems like yesterday! We saw each other at the basketball games when DJ played with my nephew Chris at Bristol Central a few years back. My daughter Angela saw him everyday at school. She looked forward to talking to him for guidance in her decision on what sport to take. She would even help him in the cafe when needed just to talk. When she told us all the times she talked to Dennis I felt good knowing he cared for her and all the kids. He will be greatly missed. DJ and Arron I lost my dad at the age you are at. You have to go on for him, do well for him and live you life to make him proud. Remember he is still with you in your thoughts and all the many wonderful memories you have.
Our prayers and thoughts are with you.
Carrie & Angela Tonon
Carrie Tonon
January 9, 2006
To the fmaily and friends of Dennis Hernandez,
We are very saddended for your loss and the loss to the community of a wonderful person. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

God bless, John Bagni and extended family
John Bagni
January 9, 2006
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Dennis was always there encouraging and helping kids, he will be deeply missed.
David & Cheryl Yetke
January 9, 2006
Hernandez Family,
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Please know that every person that Dennis ever met is sharing in this loss with you. He was the kind of man that, when you thought of Bristol, he was one of the icons you thought of. We were all so blessed to have known him and credit you all for his amazing cheer. DJ the world is yours buddy, you can do this. Aaron, your dad spent alot of time teaching you about life and I think your ready for the test. If you need anything from me, I'm only 5 min. away. Thank you for the pleasure of knowing him.
Marcus Patton
January 8, 2006
Thinking of you at this time of loss. May the love of all around you bring you strength and consolation. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. The Nuzie Family
Marilyn Nuzie
January 8, 2006
Terri, DJ, Aaron and the entire family: So sorry to hear of the loss of Dennis, it was quite shocking to see someone so talkative, lively, energenic and caring to leave all of us so young. The entire family must be very strong at this time of sorrow and stand together to make the family even stronger just like Dennis would have wanted it. Dennis I'm sure is looking down on all of you and will guide you in the day to day. I also think he will have plenty of more folks to talk to, greet and hug in the place he is currently at:) Our prayers are with the entire family at this time...
The DiDonato's: Greg, Susan and Bryan
January 8, 2006
The Hernandez family,
We Can't tell you how sad we were to hear about Dennis. Our deepest sympathy goes out to your entire family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We will never forget him. May God bless you all and may he rest in peace.
Phil + Patty + Rico Lodovico
January 8, 2006
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Your father and husband was a very special man. I've met no one in life who loved his family more than Dennis. I will never forget him. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
KEVIN NATHAN
January 8, 2006
Our deepest sympathy to the Hernandez Family. Dennis was a husband,father,brother and a friend to many people. His daily presence will be missed. Dennis made it known that he was proud of his family. Terry,DJ & Aaron lean on each other for strength. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
THE TROTMANS
Sid,Laurie,Charisse Erin & Quinn
Sid Trotman
January 8, 2006
Our sympathies to the entire Hernandez family. David and I knew Dennis through Steve Blais our son in law. David also worked in the school system with Dennis. He was a very kind and proud man. He was always talking about his boys and how proud he was of them. He will be missed.
David & Bertha Hanscom
January 8, 2006
Terri, DJ & Aaron:
I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. Dennis was such a great friend to everyone he knew. Months could go by without running into each other, yet whenever I would see Dennis he would give me a big hug and kiss and tell me all about how the boys were doing. Please extend my sympathies to David & Vito. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May GOD give you strength through such a difficult time. With Sympathy, Lori
Lori Tabacco
January 8, 2006
Terri, D.J., Aaron

We want to extend our deepest sympathies and our prayers to you and your family. Though we know heaven has welcomed a very special person, there will always be an emptiness in our hearts.

Please call if we can help with anything in these difficult times.

We love you all,

Andy, Michele, Andrew and Alycia.
The Tirado's
January 8, 2006
Terri, DJ & Aaron

Our deepest sympathies on this horrible loss to your family. I know that we had not spent time together in a while but, our memories of Dennis will forever keep him with us. Steve loved him as a brother and even though they had time apart knowing he is not out there in his world will be difficult for him. Please stay strong knowing he was the proudes husband and father.
Steve & Lori Blais
January 8, 2006
Our deepest sympathies go out to Terri and her boys. Dennis was such a wonderful man, a proud husband and father. We will keep great memories of times past in our hearts forever.
Normand & Rosanne Blais
January 8, 2006
If it were not for my friendship with Mayra, I would not have had the pleasure of knowing the Hernandez Family and all the great family parties I was priveleged to attend with my daughter Kim. And even though it's been many years, each time I bump into a family member, they always give me that big hug and kiss of repsect. My heart breaks for the entire family of this loss. He was a special gentleman and will be sorely missed.
Peggy Sokol (Libby)
January 8, 2006
Vito,

Vet and I are sending you our thoughts and prayers.

My sister Mary worked with Dennis not long ago she said, “Dennis says to tell Vet I said hi”

Vito, time goes by quickly; we move on jobs, children …busy lives. Still we never forget our friends. We always think there will be time to go back revisit, remember GE with you or good times with Dennis.

I know we all find our own strength to carry on. I hope it helps to know that we are thinking about you, wishing you strength in the months and years ahead.

Vet & Laura Mason
Laura Provenzano
January 8, 2006
Hernandez Family:
Our deepest sympathies to all of you. Dennis was a wonderful man and cousin. He will be greatly missed. He was very proud of his family. To his children, continue to make him proud as he will be watching and guiding you from above. Much love and support to all of you. The Rentas family.
Carmen Rentas
January 7, 2006
If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.

Happy moments, praise God.
Difficult moments, seek God.
Quiet moments, worship God.
Painful moments, trust God.
Every moment, thank God.
January 7, 2006
Our deepest condolense to the Hernandez family. You are all in out thoughts and prayers. The Sanchez Family
David & Ivette Sanchez
January 7, 2006
D.J., Aaron, and Family:
On behalf of the UConn Football Equipment Staff, I would like to send my deepest sympathy to all of you on this untimely loss. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

-Chris Stasaitis and UConn Football Equipment Staff
Chris Stasaitis
January 7, 2006
I am proud to have been your friend, partner and "Road Dawg". Go UCONN, Go Red SOX, Yes even Go Steelers (just for the playoffs). My first Coors Light will always be in your honor. You will be missed by all that knew you. I will be reminded of you always by the most precious gift you gave the the world, your two great sons. Terry, DJ and Aaron our deepest sympathies go out to you all.
Dave Pecevich and Family
David Pecevich
January 7, 2006
Vito and David so sorry to hear of your loss. Dennis was a wonderful man and he will be missed.My thoughts and prayers are with you all
Bobby Berk
January 7, 2006
TERRI -WORDS CANT SAY HOW WE FEEL FOR YOU -DENNIS WAS A GOOD MAN-I HAVE NOT SEEN HIM SINCE I LEFT WOLCOTT TIRE LAST YEAR-WE DIDNT KNOW HE WAS SICK-WHEN AARON CALLED GINA AND TOLD US -WE WERE IN SHOCK-TO BOTH OF HIS SONS-YOUR DAD WAS SO VERY PROUD OF YOU BOTH-AND YOU WERE ALL HE TALKED ABOUT -BE STRONG-BE PROUD -TAKE CARE OF MOM ---MIKE AND LISA ROBSON
MIKE AND LISA ROBSON
January 7, 2006
Terri,

Our deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. Although we have not seen each other in a long time, we have been kept up to date through our families. Skip my husband went to school with Dennis and we both wanted you to know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Love and support to you and the boys, Liz and Skip Gonsalves
Liz (Duncan) Gonsalves
January 7, 2006
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