In Memory

Denis McDermott

Denis McDermott

NAPA - Denis George McDermott passed away unexpectedly on May 1, 2009, at the age of 57, in Watsonville.

He is survived by his daughter, Haley Rose; his parents, Aurora and Joseph McDermott; two sisters, Damian and Diana; four brothers: Daniel, Joseph, Matthew and Vincent; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A private Catholic service was held in Santa Cruz.


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05/11/09 08:04 AM #1    

Ted Sprott

I remember Denis best from a trick he and others played on me. From his job as a Highway Patrol dispatcher, he called to ask why my car was stranded on the Bay Bridge. The background sounds of radio traffic created a plausible concern, and I only figured it out when Denis said "this is a joke". I never knew who else was listening. Anyone out there remember? Craig? Bill? Care to comment? RIP Denis. Ted Sprott

05/14/09 10:53 PM #2    

Joan C. Mehan (Clark)

Denis and I lived together for three years after I graduated from a fashion merchandising college. We lived in San Francisco when he worked as a dispatcher for the highway patrol and I was working at Wells Fargo. We left the city and moved to Murphys, where he worked at a clay factory. In fact it was the clay we used in ceramics in high school. Then we moved to Twain Harte. We loved the mountains and we had a lot of fun in the sierras fishing and hiking. He was very adventurous and always swore he would never get married. It sounds like he has kids but did he ever get married? His parents were very religous and never liked that we lived together. It was a shock to see that he is gone and I found myself crying. At one time he meant so much to me and I will always have fond memories in my heart for him. My prayers are with his family.
Joan Mehan

05/23/09 07:18 PM #3    

Paul Durbin

Denis and I were elementry school buddies at St. John's. One of the first times I ever spent the night over at a friends house was with him.

His parents said that we could stay up all night if we wanted to (they knew we wouldn't make it.) We lasted until the wee hours, eating red licorice and watching "The Day The Earth Stood Still". The robot Gort seemed very scary at the time.

We will miss you Denis.

08/22/09 01:13 PM #4    

Raymond W. Bonn

Dear Denis, On a recent visit to Napa I heard the news through the grape vine and couldn't believe it. Still don't want to. Your parents kept me updated on your travels over the years and although I promised I'd come down to see you, I never did. Always thought we'd have the time. Still think of your famous '68 blue VW we went everywhere in. You drove like a maniac but I was never scared, nothing ever fazed you. Miss the trips to the coast and SF. The Fillmore and everybody's favorite party spot, Bear Peak at the end of Redwood Road.There was a unique quality in you that I haven't seen duplicated in anyone else since and it was a privilege to call you friend. My kids are grown and my wife and I are retired and live in Oregon now. Ride my motorcycle alot. I called your mom the other day and talked for an hour. She's doing fine and misses you. I hope you're in a better place. God bless and keep you.

Ray Bonn

09/19/09 07:50 AM #5    

Lisa Busch (Thomas)

So sorry about Denis and in today paper his dad passes away. Sad loss for that family. Your in our prayers. Lisa Busch Thomas

01/01/10 01:00 AM #6    

Taum McGinnis

Denis lived across the street from me growing up in Napa. He, his older brother Dan and I spent almost of our play time together, baseball, football or whatever. I only saw him once after high school, a few years before my mother died. I am sorry to hear he is gone, though we never kept in touch, I will miss him.

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