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Dennis F. Wrenn.

NORTH GRAFTON Dennis Francis Wrenn, age 58, of North Grafton died unexpectedly on February 20, 2009 in Athens, Greece. At the time of his death, Mr. Wrenn was leading his award winning Algonquin Regional High School Jazz Band on a winter concert tour.

He leaves behind life-long friend and mother of his children, Elizabeth Johnson of Auburn; his children, Jessica Still and husband, Bradley of Auburn; Elizabeth Nichols and her husband John, of Shrewsbury; and son, Scott Wrenn, and his wife Brooke, of Auburn. In addition he leave four grandchildren whom he dearly loved: Wyatt Lyons, Travis Nichols, John-John Nichols and Madison Wrenn. Dennis also leaves his mother, Mary Wrenn of South Grafton; brother Stephen Wrenn and wife Linda of North Grafton; brother Daniel Wrenn and wife Michelle of Worcester; also, nephews Patrick Wrenn and Bryan Wrenn of Grafton, Andrew Wrenn of Worcester and niece, Jennifer Wrenn of Worcester; sister-in-law Margaret Spinner of Boxboro; nephew Kevin Spinner of San Francisco, California; niece Karen Spinner of San Francisco, California; brother-in law, William S. Dearden of Auburn; and mother-in law, Anne Yvonne Dearden of Auburn.

Born in Worcester, Dennis, a graduate from Grafton High School, earned his Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and a Masters Degree in Education Administration from Worcester State College. He was a consummate music educator for more than 32 years with 28 years engaged in teaching the bands, orchestras and small ensembles at the Algonquin Regional High School in Northborough, MA. Dennis loved his school, his school students, and knew how to bring the best abilities out of everyone.

Dennis was a positive personality whose cell-phone ring-tone, "Always Look On the Bright Side of Life" (The Life of Brian/Spamalot) epitomized his enthusiasm for living. Dennis lived life with commitment and gusto and was involved in every aspect of teaching and learning. School, music, and the well being of children were central to his core of existence.

Dennis thoroughly enjoyed fatherhood and family life too. He supported his children during their childhood in dance competitions, music lessons, and traveled many miles to various baseball tournaments and arts competitions to cheer his children on. In addition to the many performances, award ceremonies, athletic events, and graduations he attended, Dennis enjoyed spending time with his family on holidays and other celebratory events. He enjoyed capturing all moments with his camera. Dennis, a season ticket holder to the Bruins for over 20 years, loved sharing games with members of his family and his friends alike.

Dennis was known throughout the music and theatre communities of Massachusetts and New England. Through the years, he literally worked with thousands of students and adults in various music and theatre venues ranging from school events, district and state competitions, community theatre, college concerts, church music, and professional "gigs". Dennis also worked as the Music Director for the King Richard's Faire in Carver.

Dennis' volunteer work involved many leadership positions in organizations such as the Massachusetts Music Educators Association, Central District Music, International Association of Jazz Educators, and the Massachusetts Instrumental Conductors' Association. He served as guest conductor in many New England All State and District Concerts. Dennis was honored on many occasions as Jazz Educator of the Year, Outstanding Music Educator and his performing groups earned first place trophies in many competitions locally, in New England and nationally.

Vacations for Dennis usually meant leading student musicians on performance trips in the United States and Europe. Music and student musical achievement was a focus that amped Dennis throughout his life. He was always there for everyone right until the end.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time, as the family is awaiting the return of his body from Greece.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Northborough-Southborough Music Association c/o Algonquin Regional High School, 79 Bartlett Street, Northborough, MA 01532, for a scholarship in Dennis' name.

The Britton-Wallace Funeral Home of Auburn is assisting the family with the arrangements.

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Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Date:Feb 26, 2009
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