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73, of Castle Rock, Colorado, passed away on the morning of Sunday, December 27, 2020, after a nearly three-month battle with COVID. Dennis was born on October 2, 1947, in Brooklyn, NY, to the late Herbert and Ruth Smith Lane. He is survived by his wife of 54 years Kathy Lane and their beautiful family.
Dennis grew up in a Jewish family in Brooklyn, NY, before moving with his family to New Rochelle, NY, at the age of 8. He graduated there from New Rochelle High School in 1965. It was in New Rochelle where Dennis met the love of his life Kathy at a Catholic School dance, on January 19, 1963, at the tender age of 15 while Kathy was 16. They married almost four years later on September 17, 1966, and have lived as loving partners ever since. Dennis, Kathy, and family lived mainly in Florida until 1992, until moving to Colorado, which Dennis loved for its natural beauty and nice people.
Dennis loved his family endlessly. He was a loyal friend, who treated people with love, kindness and good humor, bringing playful wit to nearly every situation. Dennis approached life with exuberance and creativity. He loved history, traveling, singing, the Yankees, and creating new business endeavors. Dennis seemed to be always laughing, always learning, and never one to complain despite any challenge. He was fit, working out nearly every day - his strength exceeded only by his exceptionally strong will and determination, especially to care for his family.
Dennis co-founded and was the proud lead singer for doo-wop group The Cordials, founded in 1963. Their first record “Oh How I Love Her” was released in 1965 and continues to circulate. In 1968, The Cordials released “Blue-Eyed Soul” on The Catamount Label, one of the best-selling acapella LPs.
Dennis worked in marketing and sales for most of his career, both for big-name companies and as an entrepreneur. He felt incredibly proud of founding Restaurant.com in 2000. Before then, Dennis enjoyed working in marketing and sales for several TV broadcasters including national sales for ABC.
In addition to his wife Kathy, Dennis is survived by their son Paul (wife Kelly) and grandchildren Alex and Emily of Tampa, FL; their son Mark (wife Christine) and grandchildren Molly and Jacob of Castle Pines, CO; their daughter Andrea (husband Ben) Martell and grandchildren Jack and Laney of Castle Rock, CO; and his brother Clayton (wife Brittany) of New York City, NY. He is preceded in death by his brother Larry and niece Alexandra both of New York City, NY.
Memorial services at 11 am, Friday, January 1, at Heflebower Funerals Services, with Rabbi Marty Goldstein officiating. Due to the COVID pandemic, only close family will attend in person; but the services can be watched via livestream on Facebook at www.heflebowerfuneralservices.com. For those who don’t have a Facebook account you can access the live stream at www.heflebowerfuneralservices.com on the Facebook link at the bottom of the page.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at LLS.org in Dennis' memory.
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