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Dennis W. WestbrookMay 12, 2007
Brunswick - Dennis W. Westbrook, beloved husband of Phyllis Westbrook died Saturday, May 12, 2007, after more than a four-year non-traditional challenge of living with Stage IV Malignant Melanoma. He was the son of the late John and Betty Westbrook of Troy, NY.
He was born and lived in Troy until he married and moved to Brunswick in 1976. He graduated from Catholic Central and HVCC. He served in the U.S. Navy Submarine Service for 6 years. He worked as a steamfitter out of the Plumber's and Steamfitter's Union Local 7, Albany.
He lived his life guided by three simple principles: Faith, Family and Friends.
As a very young man he earned his Eagle Scout Award of which he always took pride.
The activities of his life were driven by his principles. He was a kind, loving and humble man that excelled in anything he set his mind to do... He was active in Church activities during his years at St Francis de Sales, Troy. He particularly enjoyed his involvement with his children's academic and sport endeavors. He loved to garden, cook and spend time with his family and friends. He worked tirelessly around his home. He was an excellent swimmer, marksman, and bowler. He enjoyed playing his mandolin, reading, traveling and gathering and quoting trivia. He lived each day with an acute sense of appreciation and awe... often identifying "It doesn't get better than this".. .even into his last days.
His presence will always remain with those who loved him so dearly. Besides his wife, he is survived by three wonderful children; John (and Marissa) of Boston, Massachusetts; Dr. Deanna (and Brian) Ross of Saratoga Springs; and Dr. Janelle (and Brendan) Lane of San Antonio, Texas and grandson Matthew Ross. He is also survived by a brother, Paul Westbrook of Oxford, Conn; two special cousins Noel Hains of Troy and Beth Moro of Franklin, NH. His is predeceased, in addition to his parents, by his brother C. Norman Westbrook of Wynantskill. His extended beloved family includes many nieces and nephews. Very Special Friends include his sister-in-law: Pam Manning; Cristen and Chris Locci, Robert Manning (whom he loved as his own children) and great nieces, Gianna and Jacey. Gianna was his Very Special Little Friend over the past three years the joys, adventures, and "fruit picnics" they shared have been truly special.
Dennis and his family would like to express their appreciation to all who were so supportive and kind during his journey.. .to all our dear Family and Friends who were with us every step. Thanks also to Dr. Peter Lamparello, Father Randall Patterson, and the wonderful Staff of The Community Hospice of Rensselaer County (especially Pat Berbernitz, Judy R., Karen and Clyde, Ernie P.) and Phyllis's coworkers at Albany Medical Center Hospital. Your thoughtfulness and kindness will never be forgotten.
Funeral service will be held Wednesday at 9AM at Bryce Funeral Home Inc. 276 Pawling Avenue Troy and at 9:30 AM at the Our Lady of Victory Church 55 North Lake Avenue Troy where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Randall Patterson, Pastor. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday from 4-8PM. Entombment will be at St Mary's Cemetery Troy on Thursday.
For those wishing to do so, contributions may be made in memory of Dennis to Our Lady of Victory Church 55 North Lake Ave. Troy, NY 12180 or The Community Hospice of Rensselaer County 295 Valley View Blvd, Troy, NY 12180 or Albany Medical Center, Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, 43 New Scotland Ave. Albany, NY 12205. For a private family guest book and service directions, visit www.brycefh.com .