Dennis R. Volpe, 65, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 18th after a brave battle with cholangiocarcinoma. He was the husband of the late Janis A. (Ferriola) Volpe.
He was born June 22, 1952 in New Haven, CT, the son of Ralph Volpe, Jr. of Branford and the late Theresa (Salemme) Volpe.
He grew up in Hamden and graduated from Dunbar Hill School, Blessed Sacrament Junior High School, and Hamden High School. He started working with his father during high school and proudly dedicated his adult life to running the family business, Auto Parts and Service, Inc. in Hamden.
His greatest joys came from spending time with his children and grandchildren, socializing with friends, vacationing in Italy, spending summer weekends in Newport, watching Nascar races and Uconn girls basketball games, and landscaping his home.
Besides his father, he is survived by his loving children, Tara Keating (Kevin) of Branford, CT; Dennis Volpe, Jr. (Alexia) of Weymouth, MA; his sister Linda DuBois (Kermit) of Sudbury, MA; and his brother Ralph A. Volpe, III (Maria) of North Haven. He is also survived by his beloved grandchildren, Tessa Janis Keating, Ellie Jane Keating, and Dylan Alexander Volpe.
The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Smilow Cancer Hospital for their extraordinary care.
His funeral procession will leave the W.S. Clancy Memorial Funeral Home, 244 North Main Street, Branford, Friday morning at 9:30 for a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Therese Church at 10:00. Burial will follow at St. Agnes Cemetery, Branford. Friends may call Thursday from 3:00-7:00.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation online https//cholangiocarcinoma.org
; by mail (5526 West 13400 South, #510, Herriman, UT, 84096) or by phone (888-936-6731).