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Paul Dennehy

Born: Tue., Oct. 20, 1925
Died: Thu., Oct. 13, 2011

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Although Paul Dennehy was born in Woodbury, New Jersey on October 20th, 1925, his fondest memories were of Patterson, NJ. The youngest of three sons to an Irish decorative painter (William J. Dennehy) and a mother of French-American descent (Helen Beauchamp), he inherited his father's talent and was drawing by the age of six. He spent his teenage years in Philadelphia where he attended art school and then went into the army, serving with occupying forces in Korea at the end of WWII. He met Jane Vincze, a women of Hungarian descent, while both were members of the YMCA Coed Club. They married in 1950 and raised three girls in Harrisburg. He enjoyed travelling and had an extensive collection of sleds from all over the country.

Although Paul made a living as a technical artist for AMP Inc., he spent most of his spare time as a fine artist, often showing his paintings in places like the PA State Museum during the Harrisburg Arts Festival, Reading Public Museum, Lebanon Council of the Arts, Harrisburg and Susquehanna Arts Associations, as well as others. Many of his paintings are in private collections and fraternal organizations. The Mid-West Calendar Company used one of his paintings for their calendar in 1989. He has also taught a number of art classes. Paul donated some of his paintings to channel WITF-TV for their fund raising auction and one special painting hangs in the first floor of the Masonic Health Care Center. Paul loved classical music and often listened while painting in his studio.

Paul joined the Blue Lodge as a young man and marched with the Tall Cedars drill team for a number of years. His family has fond memories of joining him in Atlantic City for large regional competitions between the drill teams. He also presented several potentates with their portrait. Paul also designed quite a few brochures and covers for the Zembo magazine. He is most proud of the covers he designed for the 21st Perseverance Lodge annual anniversary celebrations. Eventually he retired to Florida where his first wife died. He late met and married Irene Ondrejicka. They had several fun years in Florida and enjoyed many cruises. When Paul was diagnosed ten years ago with Parkinson's disease, they moved up to the Masonic Village and lived in an apartment for seven years until moving to nursing care.

There will be a celebration of Paul's life at the Masonic Village in the Free Mason Cultural Center on October 29th from 1:00 - 4:00 in the Lodge Dining Room. In lieu of flowers, please call or send donations to: Office of University Development and Alumni Relations (c/o Dr. Xuemei Huang), 600 Centerview Drive, P.O. Box 852, Hershey, PA 17033-0852. (717)531 - 8497

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