On Aug. 20, aerospace engineer, businessman and sailing enthusiast Edmund “Ed” Ging Dennis died peacefully surrounded by family at his home in Keswick, Va. His death was due to complications related to emphysema.
Ed was born Sept. 6, 1922, in Greenport, to Alfred Halsey Dennis and Edna Estelle Ging Dennis.
Ed was known for his initiative, determination and intelligence — a classic “self-made man.” After Army service during World War II in General Patton’s 3rd Army (Europe), he took advantage of the GI Bill to earn a degree from Columbia University and a master’s degree in engineering from Stephens Institute of Technology. He also attended New York and Rutgers universities to study mechanical engineering and accounting, respectively. He was a member of the National Society, Sons of the American Revolution.
Ed began his career in aerospace engineering, specializing in jet engine design for Curtiss-Wright Corporation. When the aerospace industry declined, he redirected his business and engineering talents to serve as president of Cashin Systems Corporation. Mr. Dennis transformed this struggling equipment company — housed in a converted candy store — into the highly respected and profitable Cashin organization, which attracted the successful acquisition efforts of Sweden’s international Alpha Laval Corporation. Mr. Dennis joined Alpha Laval Corporation as vice president and was responsible for numerous and varied subsidiaries, currently located in 35 countries worldwide. His leisure interests included music (jazz), travel and his greatest passion — sailing. Ed was also a voracious reader until his final days.
Ed Dennis was preceded in death by sisters Jean and Myrne Dennis; brothers Donald and Robert Dennis; and his beloved and devoted wife of 34 years, Sarah Brown Dennis. He is survived by his children, Patricia, Neil, Keith and James Dennis, as well as his beloved and devoted wife of the past 33 years, Florence O’Brien Dennis, and seven grandchildren.
Mr. Dennis will be remembered at a Mass at St. Agnes R.C. Church in Greenport on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, to be followed by private interment at Calverton National Cemetery.
This is a paid notice.