Dennis “Denny” Michael Ireland of East Hampton, CT passed away On Tuesday, January 5, 2021.
Dennis is predeceased by his father, Richard Ireland. He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Julie Ireland of East Hampton, CT and their five children Brian Ireland of Meriden CT, Allison, Jake, Nate, and Katie Ireland of East Hampton. He is also survived by his mother Anne Ireland of Batavia, NY, his brother Greg Ireland and his wife Ginelle Ireland of Batavia, NY, his brother Doug Ireland and his wife Denise Ireland of Williamsville, NY, his brother Tom Ireland and his wife Deborah Ireland of Tonawanda, NY, and his brother Ken Ireland and his wife Lisa Ireland of Brockport, NY. As well as many loved nieces and nephews.
Dennis was born on March 23, 1964 in Batavia, New York. He and his four brothers were raised by Richard and Anne Ireland in Alexander and Batavia. He was a sports advocate growing up and was inducted into his high school Hall of Fame for his achievements in basketball, football and track, leading his team to 4 consecutive championship titles in the sport of track.
Dennis attended Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, NY and Central Connecticut State University. Dennis retired from Pratt and Whitney after 30 years and then went on to work part time at Nelson Precision Drilling in Glastonbury, CT.
He loved to spend his days fishing and boating on the Moodus Reservoir at their family cottage. He always had a new picture to show everyone of what he caught that day. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends on the lake, taking the kids tubing, and enjoyed relaxing sunsets on the lake with his wife.
He was always generous with his time and enjoyed helping others with whatever was needed. Dennis served on East Hampton Travel basketball board of directors and was a past member of the East Hampton Rotary Club. He was sometimes referred to by friends as the “Unofficial Mayor of East Hampton” and known for always having a sharpie marker on hand. He spent many years coaching basketball, softball, and football in East Hampton and loved watching his kids grow and compete in various sports. In keeping with his loving and generous spirit, it was his decision to be an organ donor and donate life so others may live it. Dennis will forever be remembered for his love of life and family. GO BILLS! Friends may call at a walk through wake on Saturday Jan. 9th from 10:00AM until 12:00 noon at the Spencer Funeral Home 112 Main St East Hampton. Please wear a face covering and maintain social distancing guidelines. Because of the pandemic funeral services will be held privately. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to The Moodus Reservoir Preservation Fund at https://moodusreservoir.org/donate.
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