With his family by his side, Dennis lost his battle with cancer on September 25, 2012 at the age of 78.
Born in Barrhead, Alberta, Dennis moved to Salmon Arm when he was a child. He later married his beloved wife, Delores. They were married for 56 years. Rod (Anne), their first child was born in Salmon Arm in 1957. They then moved to Princeton BC where Dennis pursued his logging career and were blessed with their children Carol (Len) and Reg (Vicky). The family moved back to Salmon Arm in 1965 where they built their home and later had their fourth child, Greg (Jennifer). Dennis continued to log in the Salmon Arm area for Jack Brooks of Cedar Brook Saw Mills and built many of the local logging roads that are used to this day. The family remained in Salmon Arm while Dennis went to Valemount BC where he hauled logs through the Canoe Valley. With the children grown and families of their own, Dennis and Delores took Greg north to the Prince George area where Dennis continued to haul logs and Delores cooked and cleaned for the logging camps. Dennis and Delores moved back to their home in Salmon Arm in 1993 to semi-retire.
Dennis and Delores loved to travel and spent many winters in Arizona with Roy and Di Trenholm. They have traveled across Canada, to Spain and England.
Dennis loved to fish, camp, golf, bowl and dance. He was a family man who didn’t miss many gatherings.
Dennis always had a sense of humor no matter what the occasion, and quirky sayings for which he will be greatly missed.
Dennis was predeceased by his parents, William and Ethel Paynton; a sister, June White, and brothers, Dale, Harold and Lester. He is survived by his sisters Kay Turner (Gordon), Joyce Sulentich (Frank), Helen Lalonde (Mel), and Mary Smith (Albert).
Dennis was a grandfather of 10, Jody, Darius, Marina, Theresa, Holli, Sara, Dayna, Candace, Jeremy and Riley, as well as a great grandfather of 7, Darian, Mackenzie, Trentan, Julie, Kaylee, Emily and Myla.
The family wishes to thank the Second floor nurses and staff of Shuswap Lake Hospital and Bastion place. They extend a personal thank you to Dr. Jensen for his care and attention to Dennis and his family.
A service will be held at Bowers Funeral Home on October, 6, 2012 at 1:00 pm with Jack Bowers the funeral celebrant. A reception will follow in the Mountainside room allowing time for family and friends to continues sharing memories.
In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations to Bastion Place care of Shuswap Hospital foundation, Box 265, Salmon Arm, BC VIE 4N3 . On line email condolences may be sent to Dennis’s obituary at www.bowersfuneralservice.com
Funeral arrangements are in the care of Bowers Funeral Home, Salmon Arm.