In Memory Of Miller, Dennis

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Due to COVID, a private funeral will be held. A celebration of Dennis’s life is planned in the New Year. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Dennis Miller Scholarship fund (fund #08531) in support of low brass students at the Schulich School of Music, McGill University through the following link:

https://www.alumni.mcgill.ca/give/index.php?new=1&giftCode=08531.

Donations by cheque may be made out to "McGill University.”  Please indicate "Dennis Miller Scholarship - 08531" on the lower left-hand corner. It can be mailed to the following address:

Donation Services
McGill University Advancement
1555 Peel St, 9th Floor
Montreal QC Canada H3A 3L8

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Dennis Miller in the early hours of October 31, 2021. Dennis was surrounded by love, and his family.

Dennis was born in Vancouver on May 4, 1944 to hard working parents, Otto and Dorothea (nee Miles) who emigrated from Denmark and England respectively. The eldest of 3 children, he grew up surrounded by books and music, which were lifelong passions for him. At the age of 13, Dennis took up the tuba upon the advice of family and friends because “trumpet players [were] a dime a dozen”. He was captivated by the instrument, and quickly developed immense proficiency - so much so that five years later, at the age of 18 (before graduating from high school!) Dennis won the position of principal tuba in the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO). He held the position of principal tuba at the VSO for more than 25 years, including a one year sabbatical as principal tuba with the Houston Symphony Orchestra (1980-81). In 1989, he and his family moved to Montreal to take up the same position in the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal (OSM). Dennis remained in this position until his official retirement in August 2012, but he continued to play with the OSM until March 2013 when his successor was found.

Shortly after Dennis’s final performance, he was diagnosed with a rare and devastating Stage 4 head and neck cancer. Dennis underwent surgery, chemo-radiation and multiple reconstructions. Beating the odds, he lived 8 years with visible scars of his cancer, always maintaining his dignity.

Dennis was an extraordinary musician, teacher, and mentor. Throughout his career he held teaching positions at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Rice University, and McGill University. His kindness, grace, and humour had an indelible impact on his colleagues and students, many of whom hold prominent positions in orchestras around the world. Dennis elevated the image of the tuba from just a supporting bass line to a lyrical, sonorous voice. He pushed the boundaries and expectations of tuba repertoire, playing music written for voice, flute, violin, and more.

Dennis’s love of music was only surpassed by his love of family. He adored his children, whose diverse interests he supported and encouraged with wisdom and sensitivity. He was immensely proud of their accomplishments and life choices. When Evelyne decided to return to school, he juggled rehearsals, teaching and child care to support her pursuit of a mid-life career change. Dennis was a strong believer in social justice, and supported many causes. He was a loyal friend who could always be counted on to help in a crisis, and loved to find a reason to celebrate and host a gathering.

Along with his musical legacy, Dennis leaves Evelyne Pytka his beloved partner of 44 years, his children Tobie, Erik (Lane), Annelise (Scott); his sisters Sherrill Miller (Courtney Milne), Lorraine Richey (Bill); brother-in-law Saul Pytka (Babs); sisters-in-law Pauline Pytka and Marilyn Pytka, as well as nieces, nephews, and many cousins. We wish to express our gratitude to the Head and Neck and Neurosurgery teams at the JGH, who gave us the gift of 8 years, as well as the staff on K8 and Palliative Care Unit at the JGH. We are especially grateful to Dr. Marc Tewfik for the compassionate care he provided over these many years.

Due to COVID, a private funeral will be held. A celebration of Dennis’s life is planned in the New Year. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Dennis Miller Scholarship fund (fund #08531) in support of low brass students at the Schulich School of Music, McGill University through the following link:

https://www.alumni.mcgill.ca/give/index.php?new=1&giftCode=08531.

Donations by cheque may be made out to "McGill University.”  Please indicate "Dennis Miller Scholarship - 08531" on the lower left-hand corner. It can be mailed to the following address:

Donation Services
McGill University Advancement
1555 Peel St, 9th Floor
Montreal QC Canada H3A 3L8

Dennis, we raise a glass of single malt in your honour. May the fourth [sic] be with you.

Messages for the Family of Miller, Dennis

From: Yvonne Zacharias

I send my deepest condolences. I remember Dennis as a father, a husband and as a cherished family friend.
From: Madeleine Careau

Dear Dennis family and close friends,
Please accept my deep condoleances for the death of our beloved musician Dennis Miller.
Denis was a gentleman, as well as a great colleagues for the musicians and for the members of the administration team.
We missed him as soon as he retired.
He is and will remain an important part of our orchestra history.
Much love,
Madeleine Careau
From: Alex Gallico

How sad to lose such a good soul. My deepest sympathies.
From: David Kutz and Dominique Slegers

There have been few people who have had such a proud and meaningful influence on me as a musician and as a person, than Dennis. We have known each other since 1989. Understandably we have seen less and less of each other these last few years because of my residence in Amsterdam , but we remained in touch as much as possible. The Miller family has been so loving and welcoming to me, my new wife Dominique, and frankly anyone who came into contact with them. A visit to my “family” in Montreal was always a must when I travelled home. It is hard to comprehend that Dennis will no longer answer the telephone with his cheery voice when I call to speak about tuba, or music any longer. I will miss his stories, his knowledge and his optimism. It breaks my heart. I am so happy that he was a part of my life for so many years- and I will never forget that blessing. My condolences to the entire family; Evelyne, Toby, Eric and Anne Lise. They should all be at peace knowing that this beautiful man loved them more than he could ever describe. Rest softly and peacefully dear friend and mentor We will meet again.
From: Jill & Shaun Walton

We feel so fortunate to have met Dennis on a few occasions but especially at Keith and Melanie's wedding, together with Evelyn, his lovely wife. Dennis was very important in Keith’s development as a tuba player and the support for his Doctorate.

We send our condolences to Evelyn and the family.
From: Paul Fester

My deepest condolences to all of the family. I did my undergrad with tennis at UBC and have many fond memories and I’ll always remember him as a fantastic teacher and mentor
From: Gordon and Joyce Cherry

We are greatly saddened by the passing of our dear friend Dennis. We loved him dearly. A truly beautiful soul whose musical gifts were unsurpassed. We fondly remember him as a colleague, friend, virtuoso tubist and whistler. He loved people, was cheerful and positive. There are some great stories to be told.....at the Celebration of Life for sure. When almost all of one's life is spent with a person like Dennis...it leaves a big hole.

Deep condolences to his loving wife Evelyn, children, and the entire family. You were so fortunate...and he as well. He lived a great life.
From: Stephanie Minorgan

My condolences for your loss. It has been many years since I have seen Dennis but have fond memories of babysitting your kids many moons ago. Always a beautiful home, beautiful family. May you find comfort in each other at this difficult time.
From: Vivian Lee

My heart goes out to all of you on this great loss. Dennis was a kind and thoughtful man, a great friend, a mentor to many and a wonderful musician. We will miss our dinners with him and Evelyne, which didn’t happen often enough, especially these last 18 long months. Our condolences to Evelyne and the whole family.

Love Vivian and Dave
From: Luis Grinhauz

Dearest Evelyne,

We are very sad to have lost a true friend and we share the pain of his absence.
We all miss him.
Berta and Luis
From: Ray kirkham

Dear Evelyne. I am so sorry to hear about the passing of my buddy, colleague and childhood friend and your dear husband.We all have a great admiration of his life and accomplishments and the way he was always able to help others achieve their goals . Condolences to all of you. Dream fades away... always a song in my ear. RIP
From: Chris and Camille

We were so fortunate to have shared a stage with Dennis for so many years. He had a quiet confidence, with a voice as friendly and resonant as the tone of his tuba. What a fulfilling and ultimately courageous life he led. We’ll miss him always.
From: Roger Cole

I'm so srrrry for your loss. Dennis was a wonderful man and an incredible tuba player!
From: Matthieu Dubreucq

My sincere Condolences.
I will always have a smiling and generous Dennis in my memories.
From: Sherry Steinberg

I’m very sorry for your loss of Dennis. He was a fine musician and a fine man.
From: Ingrid Matthiessen

I am so sorry for your loss. Dennis was such a kind person, always gave an ear, always had a kind word of support whenever that was needed in our sometimes intense lives, both in orchestra and out.
He was part of my musical life for so much of my time in OSM.
♡♡ to you.
From: Jean-Luc Gagnon

C’est avec tristesse que j’apprends le départ de Dennis ce matin. J’aimerais offrir mes plus sincères condoléances à toute la famille ainsi qu’à ses proches. Je conserverai d’excellents souvenirs de Dennis pour l’avoir côtoyé à l’OSM pendant plus de 20 ans.
Jean-Luc Gagnon Xx
From: Jennifer Grant

I am so sad to hear about Dennis. He remains a warm and happy memory. Actually, you both inspire some really great memories. My sincere condolences, Evelyn, to you and your family.
From: Kathryn Husser

My deepest and heartfelt sympathies go out to Evelyne and her family over the loss of their warm wonderful husband and father. Dennis was a valued friend from years back and source of wise support both to me and to my children. He was such an important figure in my middle son's life and I took comfort at his and Evelyene's presence. Dennis's charm, humanity and humour along with that beautiful singing voice - a robust tenor - and his amazing whistling technique combined with his tuba mastery put him high on the list of artistic virtuosos.
There are so many ways to remember Dennis. His loss is a huge one.
From: Rafael Payare, Music Director Designate, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal

Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the passing of Dennis. I also express condolences on behalf of all my colleagues of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, and former colleagues of Dennis, who have lost a dear friend. I know words can’t take away the hurt you’re feeling, but I and the OSM hope that music can bring you some peace and comfort in this time of loss. With deepest sympathies,
Rafael Payare
From: Sophie Dugas

Dear Evelyne and the whole family,
I am so sad about Dennis’s passing and the stunning ordeal he experienced since his retirement. I read your tributes on social media, and am deeply touched and uplifted by your accounts of his dignity and care for you foremost through it all. I am not surprised - I remember his kindness, smile and good company at the OSM. He was also a wonderful musician. There is so much to celebrate about his life.
With my deepest sympathy and care,
From: Kent Nagano, Conductor Emeritus, OSM

Dear Ms Evelyne Pytka, Tobie, Erik, and Annelise,

Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the recent passing of “our “ Dennis' life.

As you may recall, as music director of the OSM, I had a great joy and privilege of working closely together with Dennis Miller for over seven years.

Although I realize that this was but a very limited period of time considering the length and activity of his great career, it was nevertheless enough time for me to appreciate with a formidable artist, personality, and ambassador for the orchestra he was.

In a time of globalisation and the proliferation of virtual reality, thanks to high technology editing and photo shopping, a number of “perfect “performances and many symphony orchestras present in the media, often an orchestra becomes nothing particularly special.

One can therefore appreciate even more what a remarkable presence a personality like Dennis brings to a tradition and can only admire the gifts and talents he contributed to the orchestra’s famous sound.

Dennis’ passing is a profound loss for all of us and we in the OSM can only imagine what a difficult time it is for you and your family.

On behalf of the whole orchestra, please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and that should there be something or some service you need that we might be able to provide, only call upon us.

With our sincere regrets and deepest sympathies,


Your, Kent Nagano and the OSM
From: Constantin Polychronakos

Evelyn and family, my condolences and sympathy
From: Greg Irvine

So sorry to hear of Dennis’s passing. I always enjoyed my time spent with him ever since the 1st time I met him in 1977 in Vancouver. My sincere condolences.
From: Asha

Sending my condolences. I’m so sorry to hear of his passing.
From: Michael Carpenter

Dear Evelyne and family,
I met Dennis at his OSM audition in 1989 and recall relating the good news of the outcome to Zarin Mehta. We both retired about the same time. I remember fondly the visits to your lovely home and our reminiscing on our shared OSM experience. I regret not having had contact with Dennis in the last few years.
Our last exchanges were for our birthdays-May 4 and May 30,2020.
I will look out for the scholarship fund details. What a good idea.
From: Anne & Sheldon Friedman

Our deepest condolences. May his Memory be for a blessing to the family. Dennis was a gem who will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved him.
From: Wilmer Fawcett

It's taken me some time to come to grips with this very sad news, because we'd recently been in touch and even had a visit in Vancouver not so long ago.
As many others have said, my friendship and esteem know no bounds. Dennis was not only a superb musician and colleague but always there as a friend, a congenial stage-mate with a great sense of humour and positivity. I always enjoyed his company and of course admired his musicianship and great sound on the tuba. It is a treasured memory to have played and recorded with Dennis. And even more so that I count him as a friend.
There are no adequate words, but I send deep condolences to Evelyne and their family. May you know that Dennis will live on in the hearts and memories of his legion of friends and colleagues. RIP old friend.
From: Carolyn Christie

Dear Evelyne, Tobie, Erik, and Annelise ( Annie ),
I am so very sorry that Dennis has passed. He was such a wonderful man. Not only was he an exceptional musician, he was also very generous with his free time, serving for many years on the "No Name Committee", where his efforts made a huge difference in improving life on and off the stage for active musicians as well as for retired members. I will never be able to hear a Bach Flute Sonata again without imagining Dennis singing away on his tuba backstage, serenading our section whenever one of us passed by. A truly great guy.
With love,
Carolyn
From: Ellis Wean

Deeply saddened to lose dear friend and esteemed colleague, Dennis Miller.

We first met in the mid 70s, when the VSO toured through Montreal and were instantly bonded through our common positions. Years later, I hosted Dennis while he was looking for his family’s first home in Montreal.

Our journeys simultaneously brought us to each other’s previous cities and positions. We also retired at the same time. There was ALWAYS a connection. I hope I was able to live up to his Vancouver legacy.

With profound, heartfelt condolences to Evelyne and her family.
From: Nicki Stieda

Dear Evelyne,

I am so very sorry for your loss. I was so thankful to you and Dennis for helping Lucas out in his first years at McGill which allowed us all to reconnect after first sharing memories in Vancouver. I send you my love and much strength for you and your children.
From: Louise Duchesneau

Ah Dennis, no!
I'm so sad to hear about Dennis, dear Evelyne. I didn't even know he had been so ill. It was such a pleasure knowing him at the OSM, also keeping in touch with both of you after I left in 2007. He even sent me birthday wishes just a couple of years ago. He was so kind and generous, I will miss him very much. I just thought he would always be there. My deepest condolences to you and all your children, especially to Tobie.
Much love to you all,
Louise from Hamburg
From: Marilyn Schick

I'm so sorry to hear of your brother's passing, Sherrill. To you and your family our deepest condolences.

Marilyn & Craig Schick
From: jackie lewis

Dear Evelyne
Jeff and I are so sad to hear this news.
His illness was so unfair. As you say he will be at peace with no further suffering.
Dennis was a great friend and a warm, generous and positive person.
His enriching musical passion was a gift that influenced me and my family
and will always be a consoling memory.
Wishing you long life, strength and good health Evelyne and
condolences to all the family: Tobie, Erik and Annelise
and also to Sherrill and Lorraine.
From: Erin Schwabe-Fry

We were so fortunate to know Dennis as our brass quintet coach and tuba teacher at McGill, and for many years thereafter, even getting to meet our children, who loved spending time with him, just as we did. Dennis was kind, brilliant, thoughtful, and encouraging and generous to us in every aspect of our lives. Sending all our love to you, dear Evelyne and to your family, we have such admiration and gratitude for you and Dennis.
From: Brian G’froerer

Dear Evelyne and family,
I have many memories of Dennis, from visits here and in Montreal in recent years, and back to our years together in the VSO and at CYMC summer sessions, then to UBC and earlier student days together in the New Westminster Concert Band. It’s from that earliest time that an unusual memory stands out, and that is of Dennis as a lead character in his high school production of Brigadoon and of his rich, sonorous baritone voice treating the melodies with such tenderness, even in his teenage years. He brought that same beauty of tone and musical presentation to his tuba playing throughout his career, the basis for his success as a player and respected teacher.

Dennis’ impeccable taste also extended to his choices in Scotch and, in particular, I thank him for his introduction to me of the wonderful spectrum of flavours in Bunnahabhain. A toast…..to the life and artistry of a beautiful man.

Evelyne, Dennis was blessed to have you as life-partner and soul mate, and to have a wonderful family together with you. My condolences to you all for your loss.
From: Jean-François Yale

Such sad news. He was such a pleasant and gentle man. He became a model of resilience.
May peace be with him.
Good courage, Evelyn.
From: Thomas Williams and Eva Svensson

We are saddened by the passing of our dear friend and former colleague Dennis, and wish to extend our sincerest condolences to Evelyne and family at this time.
Tom and Eva Williams
From: Denys Derome

Dear Evelyne, Tobie, Erik and Annelise,

My heart goes out to you. Dennis was a thoughtful and kind mentor, first as a Brass ensemble director at McGill and then as a colleague when I joined the OSM in 2000. I always felt like we could just pick up from where we had left things in a previous conversation. It always just seemed so easy. I think what made it so effortless was the fact that he would actually quietly observe so much. I often thought he understood what I was thinking before I had finished my opening phrase. He would of course let me speak when I needed to. We might not find the solution to a particular problem but I inevitably left a conversation with Dennis feeling better. He knew what to say and also knew how to encourage while letting you find your own way.
I remember his generosity, his love for his family, his love of travelling and his willingness to live new experiences. His thoughtful presence would make all those around feel better.
With my heartfelt condolences
From: Andrea Creech

Please accept my very deepest condolences. My dad, Bob Creech, was Dennis's friend and great lifelong supporter. Our lives intersected infrequently but Dennis's enormous warmth always had an impact. With love from the Creech family.
From: Julie Cumming

I remember Dennis fondly as a colleague at McGill -- he was always smiling, outgoing, and generous. He will be missed by everybody who knew him.
To Tobie, whom I know best of the family -- I'm so sorry for your loss.
From: Scott Whetham

I was saddened to hear of Dennis’s passing. My thoughts go out to Evelyne, Tobie, Annalise, Erik and extended family. Dennis was a caring, attentive and engaging individual, an open book. He leaves a void in many hearts. His devotion to family, and his many friends and students is the mark of a life well lived.
I met Dennis in the early seventies. His teaching style (then) was ‘boot camp’, a disarming mix of candor and complements. He was first a teacher and mentor, later a friend and colleague. We were often out of touch for stretches of time. With Dennis however, one could always phone up and continue the thread. He somehow heard through the grapevine that I did a credible impression (impersonation) of him and regularly threatened to ply me with drink, to elicit a demonstration.
Dennis probed with depth into any topic at hand, revealing a wide knowledge of unlikely subjects. He was a highly refined musician, never tuba-centric. approaching the instrument in an absolutely unique manner.
His commitment to teaching has left a legion of grateful students. I cannot say with certainty, but I like to entertain the thought that his former students carry the DNA of his very characteristic sound, as this part of him lives on.
From: Nathan Brock

Dear Evelyne and family,

I will always remember Dennis fondly as a fine man and fine musician. He had a heart of gold and was always willing to share his wealth of experience and good humour with those around him. For a new kid, in my early days at the OSM, Dennis’ friendly face and warm disposition were always precious to me. I remember visiting shortly before moving away from Montréal, not long after one of his surgeries, and was astonished by his resilience and his good spirits. We should all aspire to be so brave and dignified. Toi toi toi Dennis. To his family: my deepest condolences. He will be missed dearly.
From: Alain Cazes

Chèr(e)s Evelyne, Tobin et toute la famille,

C'est avec tristesse que je viens d'apprendre le décès de Dennis. Louise et moi vous transmettons toutes nos condoléances et vous souhaitons force et courage dans cette situation éprouvante.

Alain Cazes
From: Maggie Hosgood

Dear Evelyne and family- I am so sorry to hear that Dennis has passed away. I have so many memories of the good times we all had together here in Vancouver. From what I read you have so many more to help you all through this hard time...what a blessing!
From: Steven Dyer

During my time as a student in the 90s at McGill University, Dennis was a constant presence around the music building - both as director of the brass choir, and as the instructor of a fantastic and highly successful tuba studio whose members are now employed far and wide the world over!

And as a young and enthusiastic audience member at OSM concerts, Dennis and the low brass section were so often the focus of my attention - I can still hear them all in my mind to this day!

After not seeing Dennis for some 20+ years, I was delighted to see him hanging out backstage after a performance at Lanaudiere a couple summers ago. He was, as ever, so genuinely warm and supportive.

It’s not hard to imagine how deeply missed he will be by so many. My deepest condolences to his dearest loved ones.

Steven Dyer,
Winnipeg
From: Françoise Morin

I am shocked and saddened to hear of Dennis's passing...
Evelyne, my heart goes out to you, what a loss.
I have very fond memories of Dennis, his sense of humour and gentleness.
Brings back a funny memory...
Way back in 1975, as a violin student at the Courtenay Youth Music Camp on beautiful Vancouver Island, Dennis convinced me to participate in a prank during the Festival Jazz Band concert.
I sauntered out, leisurely strolling in a bikini and a straw hat, while Dennis followed playing the music for the A&W advertisement on his tuba (which he had recorded)!!
The band and conductor didn't know it was going to happen so everything fell apart, all of us laughing!!
It makes me happy to read all the condolences, many old friends from that era, and all seem to feel the same way about Dennis. Kindhearted and of course, a superb musician.
From: Winston

I studied with Dennis briefly. His sound lives on through all the students, colleagues, audiences that he interacted with. Canadian tuba players all looked up to him. Very sad to hear of his passing. My condolences.
From: David and Janet Hoyt

Janet and I were greatly saddened to hear of Dennis' passing. Both of us have had the pleasure of making music with Dennis and we have felt privileged to call him and Evelyn our friends.

For several summers our families shared off-campus accommodations while we worked at the Banff Centre. Our children became friends, and we shared many important times both professionally and personally. We totally respected the Miller's ability to live by their values which treasured family while respecting the dedication to the requirements of careers.

We miss Dennis greatly, and send our heartfelt condolences to all the family.
From: Leslie Magowan

Evelyne and family, I’m so sorry to hear about Dennis’ passing. He was such a lovely person and musician. I’m very sorry for your loss
From: Gabrielle Porter

Words cannot begin to describe how profoundly impactful knowing Dennis and studying under him has been in my life. I share some of my fondest memories from McGill with him, and I will miss him dearly. Dennis, it was an absolute privilege knowing you and learning from you. You will forever hold a special place in my heart, and I hope you have found peace wherever you are. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and for being in my life. My deepest condolences to his family, and to his wife Evelyne.

With so much love,

Gabi Porter
From: Nick Frate

My deepest condolences to the family of Dennis Miller. RIP Dennis.
From: Emma and Yaw Nyampong

Please accept our deepest condolences, Evelyne and family. May Dennis’ gentle soul rest in peace.
From: Jonathan Caplan

Dear Evelyne,
I am so sorry to hear this news and extend my heartfelt condolences. I wish you strength and positivity.
Jon
From: Brent Longstaff

I wish to send my most sincere condolences. I did not know Dennis well, but I was lucky to spend some time with him at a tuba conference, and later, when he came to visit his sister in Saskatoon, we had a chance to re-connect. I found him to be a charming and funny person, and, of course, a remarkable tuba player and marvelous musician. Rest in peace.
From: Anne and John Rapson

Dennis was a great friend when John and I were in the Vancouver Symphony 1974-79, and we kept in touch past his move to Montreal, but have not been in touch lately, alas.

We send our love and support to his wife and family.

Dennis was one of the truly good folks that we have encountered in life, and we are sure he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
From: Chris Lee

Dear Evelyne and family,
It's impossible to put into words the impact Dennis had on me, as a musician and more so as a person. He had a knack for learning something from all situations and keeping a glass-half-full mindset. I vividly remember many moments from lessons with Dennis - some from 30 years ago now. He struck a balance between showing what needed to be learnt and inspiring me to know that it could be learnt. And he taught me about much more than just playing with a beautiful sound on the tuba. - although he was excellent at teaching how to play with a beautiful sound. I will miss our talks and his steady guidance. Much love and sincere condolences.
From: Emilie Palisaitis

Evelyne and family,

I am so sorry to hear of Dennis' passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you heal.
From: Honora Shaughnessy

Dear Evelyne. I have just read in The Informer about Dennis and I write to offer my most sincere condolences. Dennis was an outstanding individual. I recall seeing him on stage at the OSM and on his many walks with you. Always so kind and friendly.
Please know I am thinking of you and the family and send my thoughts and prayers.
Sincerely,
Honora Shaughnessy
From: Nene Wols

I was very shocked to hear the passing of Dennis. In the low brass section at McGill, we were a bunch of eager students - and Dennis was always there to talk to us and to teach us as well as being our friend. I had the privilege of seeing him and hearing him perform regularly with the MSO when I started working at a music agency in Japan. Those are concerts that will not be forgotten. I didn’t have the chance to meet you Evelyne, but Dennis always talked about you and I know how close your family is. At this time of sadness, please know that I’m thinking of and praying for you and your family.