Dennis and I were second cousins. Our parents – my father Maurice and his mother Lucille (Lou) – were the children of Vanasse sisters Julie and Cecilia, respectively.
I first met my cousin, who was known as Butch, when my family was on vacation in Ottawa in the summer of 1969. We stayed at his parents’ home, a brick bungalow on a tree-lined street, during our stay in our nation’s capital.
Dennis was only 54 years old when he died on 24 February 2006. I didn’t attend his funeral, but was given his memorial card a couple of years ago by my Aunt Joan (his mother’s cousin), who received it after the service.
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