After a short, vicious battle with cancer, Dennis slipped away peacefully with his family by his side.
Predeceased by his parents Donnie and Lloyd Wooden, Dennis is survived by his loving wife, Bev, children, Jay (Barb) and Nicole (Matthuw), two precious grandchildren Bobbi and Dennis, and brothers Gary (Julie) and Wayne (Lois) and families.
Born in New Westminster, BC, Dennis spent his younger years in and around the Surrey/Vancouver area. While working in the elevator trade, and enjoying his first love racing cars, he met and married Bev, October 11, 1969. In 1973, when the elevator trade was down through strike, the decision was made to move to a family ranch in the Cariboo, where Dennis pursued his Electrical ticket. In 1975 he brought the family to Armstrong where he continued his trade and eventually went on to build a successful contracting business (D&B Electrical Systems Ltd), with many return clients and long-time friendships.
Dennis always had a smile for everyone. He was a man of great integrity and respect for his fellow man, always offering a helping hand. And ladies – he truly was the model husband who fixed what was broken ‘yesterday’- there was no ‘round-tuit’. He was wise in many ways and a true model for his children. His sense of humour and never-ending young-at-heart enthusiasm was infectious.
After racing cars in his youth, he began racing vintage motorbikes (Triumph) in his “vintage” years – a natural racer with a competitive spirit, but he always put sportsmanship first. When not racing, he enjoyed many road trips with his biking buddies. For many years Dennis enjoyed the snow and downhill skiing and loved Silver Star Mountain. After retiring in 2005, the lure of sunshine (and no need to plough) led him and Bev to try the snowbird life, heading south for the winters. They immensely enjoyed their RV adventures, meeting many new friends along the way. Loading up the kayaks and the ATV, towing the truck behind them, they enjoyed the journey as much as their favourite spot in Los Barilles, Baja, Mexico.
Though a life too short, Dennis leaves behind him a trail of happy memories, many treasured friends and loving family that will miss him terribly, but will keep him in their hearts forever. We will miss his quiet lessons, his warm smile, and all he still had to teach his grandchildren, but we know he is out there looking out for us.
A Celebration of his Life will be held Saturday, October 3, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at Armstrong Bible Chapel, Armstrong, BC.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Tom McMurtry/Peter Baerg Cancer Centre at Vernon Jubilee Hospital in Vernon, BC, or the charity of your choice.
Arrangements in the care of
Personal Alternative Funeral Services, Armstrong, 250 546-7237.