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Richard R. Dentith (Dick) passed away peacefully in his home after a short illness. The son of the late Russell and Doris Dentith of Pen Argyl, he was 78 years old. Dick was a one-of-a-kind human being who knew how to live life to the fullest. Admired by all, his witty, dry humor was surpassed by none. Dick was always the life of the party and knew how to entertain. He loved good food, a game of cards and a good bottle of scotch. In his younger years, he was an outstanding athlete, a basketball player for PAHS in the mid-1950s, setting records on the court with his impressive abilities. He remained a sports enthusiast all of his life. His children recall many evenings playing baseball in the yard with their dad and he loved the Phillies, the 76ers and the Eagles. He married Arcangela Abruzzese in 1958 and they had four children who survive him: Audrey M. Dentith (Paul Forshey), of Oak Ridge, NC; Richard W. Dentith (Shahira Dentith), of Temecula, CA; Adriane Bender (Steven Bender) of Pen Argyl;,and David L. Dentith, (Sherrie A) of Northampton, PA. Dick also had a passion for trout fishing. His sons remember wading through local streams to find the best fishing spots. All of them remember his no-nonsense discipline. His daughters remember his discerning regard for all of their boyfriends. He was an accomplished carpenter and craftsman. A member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters Union for more than 40 years, Dick had an incredible work ethic and boundless energy. In his 50s, he built his own home in the evening hours while still employed as a union carpenter. Throughout his life he generously performed carpentry work for others for little or no pay. He is survived by his widow, Tanya J. Alfred who he married in 1979. They founded the Children’s Center of Wind Gap. Dick and Tanya enjoyed many years of travel and entertaining in their home. Their mutual love for animals led to adoption of rescue animals including his beloved dogs “BO” and “BAILEY”. He adored his seven grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Abigail Cyman, of Frisco, TX; Austin and Olivia Bender of Pen Argyl; Angeline Forshey of Oak Ridge, NC; Adam Dentith of Northampton; Noah and Sarah Dentith of Temecula, CA, and Brock and Bryce Cyman of Frisco, TX. “Pap” always got a kick out of them. His grandchildren shared his love for basketball and Pap regularly attended games and coached them from the sidelines. In his later years, he loved naps and often shared a nap with the grandkids and the dogs. He is also survived by three siblings: Donald Dentith and Thomas Dentith of Wind Gap and Lorna (Cis) Dentith of Clermont, Florida. A ‘celebration of life’ is planned for the Summer, 2016.
Published in The Express Times from Jan. 29 to Jan. 30, 2016
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