After a brief but courageous battle with cancer, it is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Dennis on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008. With his family all together, Dennis went to be with the good Lord at the youthful age of 64.
Dennis was born in Fort Frances, Ont. to Daniel and Margaret Kitzul on Aug. 15, 1943. He was the oldest of five children.
On March 4, 1967, he married his soul mate, Gail, in Atikokan, Ont. It was here they started a family and raised two children.
Dennis worked as a park ranger at Quetico Provincial Park and later worked for Steep Rock Iron Mines and Caland Ore in Atikokan.
When both mines closed, he went back to school and then accepted a job with the credit unions in Atikokan and then Fort Frances, where he remained until his retirement in the summer of 2006.
Dennis had many passions. His passion for sports included baseball, hockey, and basketball, which he played in his younger years, and later on could be seen bowling or curling. He also loved to coach, and coached both baseball and hockey for many years and helped all reach their maximum potential.
He was a community-oriented individual, and held various positions in minor hockey and also as Hydro Commissioner for a period of time.
Dennis’ other passion, besides taking care of his family or tinkering in the garage, was going on getaways with his best friend, Don. They both looked forward to these trips and always came home with funny stories.
Dennis was a humorous man and liked to joke around with his family, friends, and co-workers.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Gail, of 40 years, son, Ric, daughter, Cheryl (David) Williams, and his grandsons, Scott and Eric Williams, all of Atikokan, Ont.
He also is survived by his brothers, Bob (Renate) of Kitchener, Ont. and Terry of Toronto, Ont.; sister, Marianne of Vancouver. B.C.; sister-in-law, Heather Kitzul of Fort Frances, Ont.; as well as many members of his extended family.
He was predeceased by his parents, Daniel and Margaret Kitzul, and his brother, Gary, all of Fort Frances, Ont.
A celebration of Dennis’ life will be held Friday, Feb. 1, 2008 at 10 a.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances, with United Church minster Peggy Mason officiating.
The honourary pallbearers will be Don King, John Skrenski, Keith Munro, Gary Silander, Bleddyn Williams, and Doug Robinson.
If desired, in lieu of flowers, in memoriam donations may be made to the “Tamarack House” in Thunder Bay or the Atikokan Arena Improvement Fund (Hockeyville) at the Royal Bank, Branch 222 in Atikokan, or c/o Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.
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