On October 6th, 2020, Dennis passed away peacefully at home in St. Albert.
Dennis was born at the Wellesley Hospital in Toronto in 1944. He was the youngest child of Frederick and Ena Ormrod. Dennis is survived by his heartbroken wife, Margaret (Maggie), daughters Crystal (Jason) Bailey and Elaine (John) Campbell, grandson Dylan Campbell, step-sons Connor and James Doran, and sisters Elaine Ormrod, and Ann Haykin.
He also leaves to mourn his passing sisters-in-law Lynne Ormrod, Linda Roberge and Monica Monahan, brothers-in-law Ted (Elaine Ormrod) Nixon, Aurele Gregoire, Sonny Roberge, Danny Roberge, Victor Roberge, Paul (Margaret) Donovan, Peter (Helen Sheehy) Donovan, David (Nicola Healy) Donovan; nieces Sheryl Gregoire, Colleen (Dan Blais) Roberge, Christina Sims, Adrienne (Rob) Kern, Paula Haykin, Deborah Haykin, Carol (Mike Naber) Haykin, Caroline (Sean) Denby, Gillian (Ben) Wyett, Elaine (Roman Sadauskas) Gregoire, Aoife (Barry) Lee, Julia Donovan, and Deirdre (Louise Crowe) O’Connell; nephews Brian (Ginny) Gregoire, Barry (Giselle) Gregoire, Andrew Sims, Peter (Anne) Sims, Oliver (Aki) Ormrod, Johnathan (Sarah) Ormrod), Neil (Jacinta) Donovan, David Donovan, Brian (Claire) Donovan, Conor Donovan, Jordan (Vivian) Healy, Feargal (Aoife) O’Connell, Ian Monahan, and Barry Monahan; Madonne’s cousin Anita Craddock, and Madonne and Dennis’s lifelong friend, Marlene Bell. Also left to mourn his passing are Dennis’s good friends Rod Matthews, Steve Ginder, Vincein (Kendyll) Scott, Jovy (Joanna) Nguyen, Quinton Gladue, Johan (Lotta) Hultman, and school friend, Drew Kivell.
Dennis was predeceased by his parents, Frederick and Ena Ormrod, his wife Madonne (Roberge) Ormrod, brothers Francis Ormrod and Ian Ormrod; brothers-in-law Rod Haykin, Jim Monahan, and Michael O’Connell, and sister-in-law Mary O’Connell.
Dennis’s Boxers, Cuan and Cian, will miss him for the remainder of their days.
Dennis was a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants. Upon receiving his CA designation, he was employed by Peterson Walker, Chartered Accountants, and by Ernst and Ernst (Ernst & Young), Chartered Accountants, both of Edmonton, Alberta. In 1992, Dennis opened his St. Albert practice (F D Ormrod & Company), and later another office in Drayton Valley, Alberta. He retired in 2017. Dennis took great pride in the fact that he operated a “teaching office,” bringing young chartered accounting students along to their CA/CPA designation. It was one of the highlights of his career.
Dennis was a student of karate, earning a second degree black belt. Karate was a big part of Dennis’s life, one which he enjoyed thoroughly. He also enjoyed photography and leaves an enormous collection of photographs taken on his many trips. He visited Europe with Madonne in 1975 and spoke often of his trip to Normandy. He had a tremendous amount of respect for the young men who lost their lives there.
With Maggie, Dennis traveled to Dublin, Cyprus, Paris, London, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Vancouver, Victoria, and Salt Spring Island. They made many trips elsewhere, including Banff, Jasper, and Lake Louise.
A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, November 7, 2020 at Connelly-McKinley, St. Albert Funeral Home, 9 Muir Drive, St. Albert, Alberta. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a maximum of 95 people may attend the service. To view the livestream of the service, please visit www.connelly-mckinley.com
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Hope Mission, hopemission.com/donate/ (Hope Mission, 9908-106 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB, T5H 0N6), or to a charity of one’s choice.
Many thanks to Dr. Karl Ayton for his kindness and compassion.
“Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I will not become angry or think badly of others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.”
The Dalai Lama
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