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John Patrick (Pat) Dennis passed away on January 22, 2018, at Beaufort Memorial Hospital with his family by his side. Born in Charleston, South Carolina, on April 2, 1938, he was the son of the late Grace and John Dennis. Pat is graduate of Beaufort High School and attended The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina.

Pat founded D and S Heating and Cooling , and at the time of his death served as the company president. He retired from Civil Service at Beaufort Naval Hospital. Formerly, Pat was the owner of Jones Appliance Company and earlier had worked for the South Carolina Employment Securities Commission. He also was an officer in the South Carolina National Guard.

He was a life-long Catholic and a faithful member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church for over seventy years. As a young man, he was named the National Catholic Youth of the Year. Pat was active in the Knights of Columbus, the Beaufort Citadel Club, and the Jaycees; at one time, he served on the Beaufort County Council. He was also a member of the Hibernian Society of Charleston, South Carolina.

Pat took great pleasure in his friends and family. The most important aspect of his life was his family and spending time with his children and grandchildren. He continued to be involved and interested in their activities; and for years, he was active in the Beaufort High School Booster Club and continued to be a supporter even after his last grandchild graduated. When his children were young, he coached church league teams and was involved in the City of Beaufort Recreation programs.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years ,Grace Foster Dennis, and their three children: John Patrick (Jay) Dennis, Scott Foster Dennis (Lyn), and Grace Elizabeth(Beth) Dennis all of Beaufort. In addition, Mr. Dennis is survived by his brother, Carroll W. Dennis of Holly Springs, North Carolina; and his sister, Laura Dennis Brown of Blackville, South Carolina. He was predeceased by his sister, Elizabeth Dennis Rose (Steve) of Woodbridge , Virginia. His life was enriched beyond measure by his five grandchildren: Catherine Young Dennis of Chicago, Illinois; Caroline Dennis Angell (Chad) of Denver, Colorado; John Patrick Dennis, III of Murfreesboro, Tennessee; Katelyn Grace Dennis and Robert Scott Dennis of Columbia, South Carolina. There is an extended family of cousins, nieces, and nephews all of whom brought him great joy.

A visitation will be from 5 until 7 o’clock Wednesday, January 24, 2018, at Copeland Funeral Service – One Copeland Drive with a prayer service being held at 6:30 in the chapel.

The service will be held at 11 o’clock Thursday morning at St. Peter’s Catholic Church. The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the Walsh Palmetto Room. Burial will be private in the cemetery at St. Peter’s Historic Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Peter’s Catholic Church – 70 Lady’s Island Drive, Beaufort, South Carolina 29907 or Friends of Caroline Hospice – 1110 13th Street, Port Royal, South Carolina 29935.

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  1. Mary Alice Pinson Thomas says:

    Holding Grace and the kids and entire family up in prayers and thoughts. Lots of memories growing up with our cousins. A great and beautiful man has entered heaven.

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  3. Haskell E Scott says:

    Lived in Beaufort from 64 to 69……..Knew Pat well, great friend and Jaycee…………..He added a lot to the lives of others………ONE GREAT MAN HAS PASSED OUR WAY…………..MANY THANKS.

  4. Amy Bowman says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Amy Bowman & Staff

  5. Patsy and Jimmy Brown says:

    We are thinking of you, Grace, and your family at this time.

  6. Cynthia Rodgers says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with the Dennis family. Pat was always full of loving kindness for his fellow man. His love for and dedication to his family was something to behold. Heaven has a new angel who was one of a kind on this Earth.

  7. James Simmons says:

    To Grace and family I am thinking of you and all the rest of the family. Pat was a very friendly and out going person. The world would be a better place with more people like him. I have enjoyed many days of being in his presence. A wonderful cousin. Memories will last.

  8. Stanley and Janice Pinson says:

    We will hold you all close in prayer as you heal from
    your loss. Peace be with you.

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