In Memory

Denis Cannata

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10/08/13 12:27 PM #1    

Alan Kornweiss

Dennis was the best man at my wedding.  He introduced me to wife. I think he passed in 2011.

10/23/14 03:22 PM #2    

Philip (Peter) Lanciano

We had grown apart and some had already passed when Denis died of congenital heart failure in 2010. He gave us so many memories from high school and in later years. Here are some from the high school years..


The first thing I remember about Denis is that he was frugal (okay cheap). He was the first of us to own a car – a green Hillman Minx. No matter where we were going, Denis wanted gas money from all who rode. If we were with him on Friday, he would want more money for Saturday’s adventure. Sometimes he would ask one of us a favor of and go with him to Brooklyn – and for this privilege he would want gas money for the ride back. The gas situation really got serious when he got a 4000 pound yellow and black Lincoln coupe and tried to make it into a street rod. We (Jerry Damsker, Alan Kornweiss and me) could barely afford to keep the Lincoln in gas. Good times.


For almost two years, I would “cut” mass from St. Boniface and head over to Denis’s house for breakfast cooked by his father, Mimi. I worked at Mimi’s pizzeria in Far Rockaway with Denis in the summer of ’63. Jerry and Alzie (and the Four Seasons) would join us there on weekends. Good times.


Denis always had a girlfriend, as did the other guys. I was jealous of them for this. But I remember Denis didn’t go to the senior prom. He came down with chicken pox – on prom night at age 17. Good times.


He later added a love of motorcycles to his passion for cars and rode until his death. Good times.


We lost track of one another when most of us went into the service, Denis never served, perhaps because of his heart. He married twice, to Diane and then Susan -two lovely and wonderful women. Denis left four daughters; Dawnn (Diane) and three daughters with Susan; Lindsay, Courtney, and Tiffany. He left three grandchildren that I know – Emerson, Chase and Blake.

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