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Date of Passing: Apr 07, 2021

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Our hearts are broken. Suddenly and peacefully on April 7, 2021, Roger Dennis, loving husband, devoted father and proud grandfather, passed away at the age of 81.
He is survived by his beloved wife Hollie; daughter Alison (Marty), granddaughters, Katherine and Grace; son Colin (Renata), grandson Ethan; son Travis (Angie); sisters, Margaret Owen and Barbara Fisher, as well as extended family and friends. Roger was predeceased by his father Victor, mother Lucy, and wife Donna.
A lifelong Winnipegger, Roger graduated from the Institute of Chartered Accountancy in 1964 and took quiet pride in later achieving his Fellowship designation. He spent the majority of his professional career dutifully in the service of the Provincial Government.
Roger enjoyed many varied interests and the personal relationships that came with them. His faith was very important to him and his loss will be felt by St. George's Church, Crescentwood, to which he was most dedicated. Singing was a passion, having spent years up in the choir loft, performing with the Gilbert & Sullivan Society, Brochan Lom Men's Choir, Joie de Vivre and just about anyone in need of a rich baritone. He loved curling and spending time chucking rocks at 'The Rouge', and countless rounds of golf with friends. Roger was a true friend and tireless volunteer, somehow always managing to answer the call when needed. He will be missed by many.
Dad was blessed with a keen mind, a clever wit, a gracious manner and a strong appreciation of a good single malt 'scottie'. He was a true gentleman, treating all with respect while living his life by the Golden Rule. We'll miss his sage advice, timely sense of humour and the shining example he set. We love you, "Poppa".
Due to current conditions a small memorial service will take place on April 17, with plans for a future larger Celebration of Life.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. George's Memorial Fund, 168 Wilton St., Winnipeg, R3M 3C3 or to a charity of your choosing.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 10, 2021

Condolences & Memories (16 entries)

  • To all of you, Winnipeg kin, much affection and deep sympathy on Roger's passing. His kindness, warmth and intelligence were wonderful gifts, generously shared, and a benefit to all who crossed his path. May peace and love surround and uphold you all as you grieve and remember a truly fine man, and give thanks for the music of his soul - which will sing on. Judy Shand - Posted by: Judy Shand (Cousin) on: Apr 19, 2021

  • There are no words to tell you how sad I am. Roger was such a generous person. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. From Hong Kong, by Kennie Ho. - Posted by: Kennie Ho (Friend ) on: Apr 18, 2021

  • Sorry to hear of Rogers passing. We worked in different branches of Municipal Affairs. He was always the go to guy when we needed advice on municipal legislation. Since my retirement 16 years ago I hadn't run into him, but recall a few parties in late 70s or early 80s. In particular, there was a 50's retro party at Leslie MacCallum's when with enough of Brylcreem he had enough red hair left to style a "duck tail". He'll be missed. - Posted by: Doug Houghton (Colleague) on: Apr 17, 2021

  • My heartfelt sympathy, Hollie and family, I first met Roger and Hollie in July 2009, the first of several summers visits to Winnipeg while researching my family history. Roger, with his amazing memory for people, places, and events was able to help me in the most remarkable, surprising ways. Even during these months of lockdown, he answered my questions generously, sharing stories as rich and resonant as his unforgettable baritone voice. - Posted by: Miji Campbell (family friend) on: Apr 17, 2021

  • Hollie and family, we were saddened to hear of Roger's sudden and unexpected passing. Our sincere and heartfelt condolences to you all. He was a fine man with great integrity and quiet pride. He will be sorely missed by so many. Richard & June Gray - Posted by: Mr Richard Gray (Friends) on: Apr 16, 2021

  • My sincere condolences go out to all of Roger’s family at this sad time. I worked with Roger many years ago at the Budget and Finance branch of the Department of Municipal alAffairs. What a wonderful office to be a part of and Roger added to my happiness there with his kindness, his respect and his endearing personality. He was simply one of the nicest men I have ever encountered. - Posted by: Wendy Holmes (Co worker) on: Apr 15, 2021

  • My sincere condolences to the Dennis family on Roger's passing. Roger was my mentor when I joined W.D Love & Co. over 55 years ago. I was an uniformed High School Grad who knew nothing about the business world and the way in which to act or dress. Roger took me under his wing and guided me with great advice from which I have benefitted for many years. Although I have not seen Roger in quite a few years, I often think of how grateful I am for the guidance and support that he provided to me those many years ago. - Posted by: Dave Hammerback (Friend) on: Apr 15, 2021

  • I was so sad to hear of Roger's passing. I remember spending time as a kid and friend of Alison's at the house on Queenston where Roger was always so welcoming and warm. My deepest condolences and much love to Alison, Colin and the whole family. - Posted by: Noah Stern (Close friend of Alison ) on: Apr 13, 2021

  • I am very sad to hear of the passing of Roger - I have known Roger for a long time going back to high school. I have been out of the province for many years but am now back. The last time I saw Roger was at the Kelvin reunion back in 1987 when we met along with Allan Birchard and Allan Massey. Also, Roger and I along with Marvin Lange had our picture published in the Free Press society page for the occasion of the Fire Fighters Annual Ball (1967) - last time I made the society page - picture still hangs on my wall. My deepest condolences to Roger's family. - Posted by: David Curry (friend) on: Apr 13, 2021

  • My deepest sympathies for your loss, Hollie. Thinking of you and wishing you peace and love. - Posted by: Nancy O'Brien (Friend) on: Apr 13, 2021

  • Our deepest condolences go out to Hollie and family.. Roger was one of a kind gentleman with a huge heart ... Roger will be greatly missed... Rest In Peace my friend.. Reggie, Phil, Jason, Joanne, Aria and Angela Blyth - Posted by: Regina phil and family Blyth (Our Son-in-laws dad) on: Apr 11, 2021

  • Hollie and Family I was saddened to hear that Roger had died and so suddenly. I am Al Masseys sister and when Al called me he was so heartbroken he couldn't talk. The Dennis' were our neighbors on Dorchester Al and Roger only a month apart in age and have been best friends forever. How lucky they were to have had this wonderful relationship for their whole lives. We grew up on this street, all the kids were around the same age and many made life long friendships, it is quite unique. Roger was just plain and simple a lovely guy, one of the truly nicest guys, he lived a great life contributed so much and will be sorely missed. My condolences to all of you as you struggle thru this very difficult time.. Your wonderful memories will keep you going. Thinking of you Sally - Posted by: Sally King (Massey) (friend) on: Apr 11, 2021

  • We are very sorry to read of Dennis's passing. He is an old friend of my father, Peter. Our children, Daniel and Shannon are competitive curlers and Roger would show up to support them. Over time, we became friend's and Roger always had a good tale to tell. He will be missed. - Posted by: Bruce and Heidi Birchard (Friend) on: Apr 11, 2021

  • Hollie, I am so sad to hear of Roger's passing. I have so many good memories of Roger, starting with Yeomen of the Guard with Gilbert & Sullivan in 1998 and the subsequent shows we did together and then through the 10 years we sang together in Brochan Lom. He was always the consummate gentleman with a great sense of humour. We shared many a song, many a laugh and the occasional Scotch. Though we haven't seen each other in awhile, I will miss him and think of him often. Deepest sympathies. - Posted by: Allen Nixon (Friend) on: Apr 10, 2021

  • My deepest sympathy Hollie to you and your family. - Posted by: Marilyn Sloane (Friend) on: Apr 10, 2021

  • My deepest condolences to all the family. I have happy memories of singing with the St. David’s Singers with Roger, Margaret and Barbara. May happy memories will help you through this sad time. “Grief is the reminder that love was present, and that even if it’s no longer in its original form, that love still exists.” — a quote by Michelle Maros. - Posted by: Mair Livingstone (Member of the St. David’s Singers) on: Apr 10, 2021

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