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Dennis L. McDermott Sr.


Dennis McDermott, age 70 of Lincoln Park and formerly of Bushkill, PA, died unexpectedly on Thursday, May 4, 2017. He had moved to Lincoln Park just last year.

Dennis had been employed with Verizon in New York City for his entire career. In the 1960’s, he began working for “Ma Bell” as a linesman and throughout the years he worked his way up the ladder, so to speak. During the 1980’s, the company paid for his college education and after attending classes at night, he earned his Bachelor’s Degree which advanced him into a management position at Verizon. He retired in 2001 after a career of nearly 35 years.

Dennis grew up in Queens, NY and graduated from the Martin Van Buren High School in 1964. He joined the U.S. Navy and served in Okinawa. Upon his return from the Navy, he continued dating his childhood sweetheart; Diane Miata. The two of them had known each other since they were six years old, and lived in the same neighborhood. Dennis was a bit of a rebellious kid during his teenage years, but Diane knew well enough that he had a heart of gold. They were married on August 9, 1969 and honeymooned in the Poconos. They settled in Bellerose before moving to Bushkill, PA, in the Poconos, where they lived for nearly thirty years. Dennis and Diane had two children, a son and daughter. Dennis took great pride in his family and unlike many, he valued that accomplishment above all else. His ultimate goal in life, in which he achieved great success, was to be a good provider and keep his family safe and secure.

In 2016, they moved to Lincoln Park, NJ to be closer to their children and grandchildren. Their marriage was special, and Dennis often characterized it as “wonderful.” They complemented each other perfectly such that their “whole” was greater than the sum of their parts. Dennis was an exceptionally smart man, a great husband and father who always put his family first, with a kind and loving heart. Diane and his children will miss him dearly.

Dennis is survived by his beloved wife of forty seven years; Diane (Miata) of Lincoln Park, two children; Dennis, Jr. and his wife Sharon of Bellerose, Queens, NY, Deana Fagan and her husband James of Wayne, four grandchildren; Amanda and Robert McDermott of Bellerose, Queens, NY, Kayla and Jayden Fagan of Wayne, and his sister Elaine Orosz of Utah, and many dear nieces, nephews and extended family. Dennis was predeceased by his brother Thomas and by his sister Shirley Turney.

Friends may visit with the family at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne, on Monday, May 8, 2017 from 4-8 PM. A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, beginning 11:00 AM at the funeral home.

Donations in Dennis’ name would be greatly appreciated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105, or visit

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My family were neighbors of Dennis and Dianne in Bushkill, PA for the last 10 years until they moved in 2016. We are saddened by the sudden loss of Dennis and our prayers are with his family. Sincerely, Pamela, Tommy and Ashley Watson

Pamela Watson


Thinking of you Diane at this sad and difficult time. Dennis will be missed, he was a good man and together you made a wonderful couple.

Chris Legdon

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