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Born: Sep 09, 1951
Date of Passing: Mar 06, 2020Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
Born in Winnipeg, September 9, 1951, Denton went to Grant Park High where he played guitar in the band Haymarket Riot which lead to his greatest passion in life music. For many years he played in bands touring across Canada and later as a Sound Technician travelling the U.S. After Denton married June 14, 1988, he and I moved to a small acreage around Gunton where he converted an old sheep barn into a recording and playing studio. For the past several years many friends have enjoyed playing and recording music there. Denton also taught guitar at the studio.
He also endured a lot over the years. He lost the majority of his eye sight to Retinitis Pigmentosa and seven years ago lost his fingers to frostbite.
Through all this Denton never lost his gentle ways, kindness and sense of humour, and he never gave up. He could no longer play his guitar but learned to play bass on the keyboard and continued to play with friends until recently.
Denton will be sorrowfully miss by his wife Karen; sisters, Gail, and Donna (Frank), and numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, his many friends and of course his furry family.
In accordance with Denton's wishes there will be no service, but a celebration of his life will take place at a later date.
Thanks to Kevin, Al, Kenny, Paul, Mel and Mark for their help in this difficult time. Denton loved you all like brothers.
PLAY ON MY LOVE PLAY ON
Ken Loehmer Funeral Services
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 14, 2020
Condolences & Memories (6 entries)
Karen we are so sorry to hear of Denton's passing. Gail called us to let us know. My husband played in the band with Denton, he was the drummer. Please accept our condolences. Rest in Peace. - Posted by: John and June Cowan (Friend of Gail's) on: Mar 16, 2020
Denton was a very gentle man whom I will always remember with fondness. He was a very talented guitarist. He played In Puckerton Beach and Springhead with Sheldon, Ray and Larry for many years. My condolences to Karen and all of his family at this time. - Posted by: Bernice Funk (friend) on: Mar 15, 2020
I was one of the roadies with the Haymarket Riot and travelled with the band all over Winnipeg and beyond. Denton was an amazing lead guitar player and initiator of the band name. Best memories are from Jay's and New Years at CFB Winnipeg (Air Force) and Dryden, Ontario. He was always grateful for the support of Dean and I. We were not close but always on friendly terms! Rest well DEN-TON and keep "Rollin' on the River" wit Andy... - Posted by: Mark Podwysockk (Friend/Roadie) on: Mar 14, 2020
U. Denton's love for music is some of the first memories I remember. One Xmas he came with a new guitar that you played on your lap, and the year he brought his White Pearl Gibson - I was hooked! Still have the BTO TOUR Shirt he brought me so many years ago. Living with Denton and Karen on Cameron was a time that was filled with many loving memories. Thank you for my love of music, for this I will forever have you in my heart. Be at Peace, see you on the otherside. - Posted by: Charlene (Neice) on: Mar 14, 2020
Many memories of an old friend. Met Denton about forty years ago when Bootleg was in town and he could use a place to stay. Always the positive man in the room. Lots of laughs and good times. He will be missed by a lot of people. Condolences to Karen and his family. Long may you run...Lou - Posted by: Randy Myrdal (Friend) on: Mar 14, 2020
I have many wonderful memories of Denton and Hay Market Riot and Grant Park High School. Was a great friend back then and I will remember him with fondness. We were birthday twins and I shall remember him always! Play on with the band in the sky buddy! - Posted by: Barb Wilson Croft (High school friend) on: Mar 14, 2020
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