Obituary for Richard Dennison Jr.
Richard S. Dennison Richard S. “Rich” Dennison Jr. Esq. of Florence passed away suddenly, yet peacefully into God’s loving and eternal care, in his sleep of cardiomyopathy Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. He was 40. Born in Evesham Township, he was a lifelong resident of Florence, aside from being away for college earning his degrees. Rich had spent most of his lifetime preparing for leadership. A graduate of Holy Cross High School in Delran, he grew up working for his family’s business, Dennison Funeral Homes, an experience that helped shape his strong compassion for people. Working for his father’s funeral homes, Rich matured at a young age. He reflected on this out of school education that taught him the high value of human life. Since he was a child, Rich knew he wanted to do anything he could to improve the quality of life for all people and decided to dedicate his life to helping people, a promise that he kept his entire life. During high school, Rich was a standout in student government and as a member of the 1992 New Jersey State Championship Football Team. After high school, he decided to further his education at the University of Pennsylvania, earning his degree in Political Science. He was very active on campus and graduated with honors. He worked in the White House presidential speech writing office, a position that allowed him to research, edit, and compose remarks for President Bill Clinton. He was honored that a St. Patrick’s Day soundbite he wrote was used by the president. Rich then went on to receive his Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center. While at Georgetown Law, Rich was a member of Georgetown Journal of Georgetown Legal Ethics and worked as a student attorney. He represented indigent families facing eviction by landlords who often permitted substandard living conditions and engaged in illegal practices at the expense of their tenants. Having developed deep roots in the 3rd Congressional District, Rich decided to return to Florence to play an active role in his family’s business, which currently operates funeral homes in Florence, Burlington, and Southampton. Wanting to build further on his desire to help people, he started his own local law practice where he advised many individuals and families, small businesses and non-profit entities, in many cases on a pro bono basis. In the spring of 2007, Rich decided to challenge longtime Republican Senator Diane Allen. Having the opportunity to work with people and healthcare companies on a regular basis, Rich wanted to expand access to affordable companies and make sure no child went uninsured. He also understood the value of a quality, thorough and efficient education. Through his mother, a teacher of over 30 years in the Pennsauken Public School System, Rich gained intimate awareness of the problems within our schools, the flawed public education funding system, and the harsh negatives that exist from one public school district to the next. Although unsuccessful in his effort to unseat Allen, Rich learned a great deal from the campaign. He was the youngest person ever to run for a state senatorial seat in the New Jersey State Senate. He currently was a candidate running for congressman in the 3rd Congressional District and was gaining much support for his candidacy. Throughout the years Rich was involved in and supported the Make A Wish Foundation, The American Cancer Society, the American Diabetes Association, the Holy Cross High School Alumni Association, the University of Pennsylvania Secondary School Committee, the Georgetown Club of Southern Jersey, Generation Engage, the Irish American Unity Conference, Order of Sons of Italy in America and various other philanthropic, fraternal, and professional Associations including the Burlington County and the New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association. He was also a member of Holy Assumption Catholic Church of Roebling, where he served as an altar boy in his childhood. He was a diehard Eagles fan and his favorite TV show was Blue Bloods. He loved reading and was a prolific writer, having written many articles on various topics of interest. Rich was very proud of his Irish/Italian Heritage. He was the beloved son of Elizabeth Bristle Bosco and Richard S. Dennison Sr.; devoted brother of Doreen G. Dennison and Stacy E. Dennison (Dominick Critelli); and dear uncle of Anthony Gallina. He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and many dear friends Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 31, at Holy Assumption Church 1290 Hornberger Ave., Roebling. Relatives and friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning at the Dennison Funeral Home, 214 W. Front St., Florence. Interment will be in Lakeview Memorial Park, Cinnaminson. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Rich’s name may be sent to the American Heart Association, 1 Union St. (Suite 301), Robbinsville, NJ 08691, or to The Lancer Fund, C/Holy Cross Alumni Association, P.O. Box 2304, Cinnaminson, NJ 08077. To share stories, light a candle, or offer condolences to the family, visit the website below. Dennison Funeral Home, Florence www.dennisonfh.com