DENNIS NORMAN ROSEPosted: April 15th, 2019
Dennis Norman Rose, a long time resident of Anna Maria Island, Florida, was born in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada on January 5, 1948 and died in Key West, Florida on January 5, 2048 as a result of injuries suffered in a bar fight on his 100th birthday. That is how Dennis wanted his life to end. Sadly, Dennis died after a long and courageous fight with cancer on March 29, 2019 at 71 years of age. Dennis is survived by brothers Ken (Diana), David (Liz), and sister Beth (Byron); sons Darren (Meaghan), David (Renee), step sons Walter Nunemaker (Courtney), Trent Nunemaker (Megan), grandsons Garrett, Connor, Griffin, Nolan, Everett, Nathan and Cason and mostly by his much-loved wife Brenda of over 23 years. Dennis was pre-deceased by his parents Anna and Norman and his brother Gordon. He obtained a BS in Mechanical Engineering at U of Calgary, an MBA from York University in Toronto and post graduate studies in Chinese language at Indiana University. One big triumph and joy was in June 1988 when he was able to obtain a Green Card and enjoy the “freedom” he so loved about the USA. He became a Citizen in 1993 and cried through the whole ceremony. He was very proud of his knowledge of the constitution and government, and privileged to be here. Dennis had a terrific career in business during which he bought and sold and ran businesses for himself and other people. He loved the business world but, after selling the last one, he decided to work less and stay home more; he became a high school math teacher until his retirement in 2014. He thoroughly enjoyed teaching; was known for his strict adherence to the rules, high expectations of students, white shirts, khaki pants and free tutoring. In a few years, he accumulated many “thank you” letters from former students; these were real treasures. Dennis loved his playtime and toys. He was a long time scuba diver, pilot, boater, motorcyclist, shooter and car enthusiast. He often said he would love to have back the money he had spent on Corvettes…but really, he was happier with the cars. He was a long time member of FES (Florida Engineering Society), AOPA (Aircraft owners and Pilots Association), NRA (National Rifle Association) he was also a licensed CAM and served on his condo board for many years. Dennis loved his family and never met a stranger, he will be sorely missed by his family and many friends. Dennis had no religion; he didn’t oppose it he just didn’t have one himself. So, there will be no service. A private wake will be held at another time.