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Dennis Patrick March, age 73, passed away peacefully at his home with his family at his side on June 27.

Dennis was born on August 9, 1943 in Brooklyn, NY to William P. March and Marie March, nee Franklin.

He lived in Staten Island, NY until age 16, when his family moved to Suffolk County, Long Island, NY.

After high school, he graduated from Adelphi University with a degree in education in 1965.

He was employed by the Smithtown Central School District from 1965-1970, where he taught physical education and coached freshman baseball, basketball, and football.

Dennis was sworn in as a special agent of the FBI on April 6, 1970 and following graduation from the FBI Academy, was assigned to the Boston office from 1970-1971. Dennis was transferred to the Beaufort Resident Agency, Columbia Division of the FBI, and served in that office from 1971 until he retired in June, 2000. He was extremely proud to have the honor of working with the finest, patriotic citizens employed by the FBI.

During his time in Beaufort, Dennis coached youth athletic teams from 1972 until 2000. He was most proud to have coached St. Peters Catholic Church League basketball teams and to have the pleasure of meeting so many great, local kids in Beaufort. Among those he coached were: Leroy, Eddie, Ronzo, Willie, Boyce, Stanley, Earl the Pearl, Lee, Willem, Rodney, Dennis, Darrel, Wendell, Devon, Chris, Jay, Scott, Kenny, Howard, Francis, Derrick, Hal, Ryan, Sammy, Kenneth, Reece, Nathan, Dylan, Gershawn, Andy, Travis, Andrew, Blake and many more good kids.

Dennis was self employed as a Private Investigator as well as a Special Investigator for the FBI doing background clearance investigations from 2001 until March 2017.

Dennis is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Jean March, nee Reaber. He is also survived by his beloved children, Dennis M. March (Kathy) of Atlanta, GA; Jeanne March Morrow (John) of Orlando, FL; Lauren March Hill (Chris) of Charleston, SC; Ryan M. March (Kathryn Staab) of Sumter, SC. He has five grandchildren, Sarah age 23, Delaney age 20, and Hannah age 18 (daughters of Dennis and Kathy March), Jolie age 16 and Zach age 13 (daughter and son of Jeanne and John Morrow). He is also survived by his four brothers, William March and wife Flo, Ronald March and wife Janet, Gary March, Gregory March, and his sister, Regina March. In addition he has many cousins, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews.

A memorial mass will be held at St. Peters Catholic Church on Monday, July 10 at 10am. A reception will immediately follow the mass.

Memorial contributions may be made to the following: Tidewater Foundation, 10 Buckingham Plantation Dr., Suite A, Bluffton, SC 29910 and Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607.

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  1. Cecilia & Michael Woods says:

    Jean, you have my heartfelt condolences and sympathy at the loss of your beloved Dennis. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

  2. Dennis and Rosemary Konrad says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We hope you have the strength you need today and the hope you need for tomorrow. We are thinking of you today with deep and sincere sympathy.

  3. Susan Heim says:

    Prayers of comfort for all of Dennis’ family and friends. I met Dennis at church where he was so faithful at keeping his adoration hour. He was such a kind man, always smiling and putting others at ease. God bless and comfort all of you in your grief.

  4. George and Susan Clark says:

    We grieve the loss of Dennis but do so with the knowledge he is with Our Heavenly Father now. He was the heart of the FBI in Beaufort and represented them with such dignity and class. Praying his family with feel God’s presence now and in the days to come. RIP, Denny.

  5. Elizabeth Branning says:

    I am so thankful that God arranged for me to hug your neck one last time over Christmas!! You will always be a hero in my life for all that you did. I don’t know where I would be if it had not been for you! Thank you for being the best Godfather a girl could ask for in life. You are always in my heart and I will see you again one day!! Love you Uncle Dennis!!

  6. Jennifer Agresta Aguruso says:

    May God bless you and help you through this difficult time. We love you Lauren and we will continue to pray for you and your family.

  7. Pat and Paul Viso says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family
    We are thinking of you with sincere sympathy.
    God Bless and give you the strength you need in the days ahead

  8. ZOFIA H PRATHER says:

    Dear Mrs March and Family–please, accept my most sincere condolences on the loss of your husband, a wonderful and compassionate human being. I had the good fortune of interacting with him here in Beaufort and have nothing but wonderful memories.I am sure that your memories and prayers will be your strength in these difficult days.

  9. Gene Fox says:

    I grieve the loss of Denny, longtime friend, fellow Irishman, fellow New Yorker and fellow FBI Agent. I’ll miss his “prank ” phone calls. Jean, my sincere condolences to you and the children. May he rest in peace.

  10. Maria and Tony Blair says:

    Jean and family,
    We are thinking of you and praying that your memories will soften your grief. We hope you can find comfort and peace thinking of the joy
    that Dennis brought into your lives and those of his FBI family. Go with God, Dennis.
    And rest in peace.

  11. Heather & Jon Rembold says:

    Prayers for all of your family. We met Dennis through Lifeteen at St. Peter’s. He was such a faithful member of our parish. He will be remembered and missed by so many.

  12. Cloide and Patricia Branning says:

    We have known and loved Dennis for over 45 years and will hold him close to our hearts forever. Our memories are many and we treasure each and every one of them. He not only has been a blessing to us but to our entire family. Now we send all our love to his precious family as we join to celebrate a life well lived.

  13. Devon White says:

    My thoughts and prayers go out the March family. Mr. March was one of the first coaches that taught me life lessons beyond the court or the field. He always wanted us to do well with every aspect of our lives, and was always interested in what as going on in our lives. He had a great influence on lot of the kids that grew up in Beaufort. I will always remember him for that.

  14. Amanda Patterson Paige says:

    My heart hurts for you all. Mr. March was a dear man. My sincerest condolences. Lauren, I am sending love and hope for healing to you and your family.

  15. Jason Cato says:

    Lauren and the March family, I am so sorry to hear this news. Your father was a strong man who cared deeply about his family and his community. He was a wonderful example of what we all should strive to be. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

  16. Tom Richardson says:

    So sorry to hear about Dennis passing on. We had many a good time on the golf course.
    Will miss him. Our prayers and thoughts to Ryan and his family.

  17. michael chapman says:

    i am so sorry for your loss i worked with DENNIS on several cases when i was with port royal police dept. He was a great person to work with and very good at his job. he will be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to your whole family.

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