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“Janine I was sorry to hear the news about your dad. It sounds like he led a wonderfully filled life. My condolences to you and the family. Big hugs ”
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Dennis Ronald Gamester, age 93 of Washington Township, died Saturday, February 2, 2019 surrounded by his loving family at the Wellbridge of Romeo Rehabilitation Center in Romeo, Michigan.

Dennis was born July 1, 1925 in London, England, son of the late Frederick and the late Nancy (nee: Sanders) Gamester.

Born and raised in London, England, Dennis would actually spend some of his childhood in Germany before, ultimately, finding his way back to London where he proudly graduated high school. Prior to his high school years, Dennis was known for having an ear for music and would often "tickle the ivories" whenever he found a piano calling his name. At the age of 16, following a considerable amount of time playing the piano by ear, Dennis' parents decided to sign him up for lessons so he could become a polished pianist over time. Following high school, Dennis chose to further his education by enrolling in trade school and learning from more of a hands on method.

Along about this time, Dennis met a young woman who caught his eye, turned his head, and set those familiar wheels in motion that tugged on his heartstrings and pointed the way towards something more. As many did back in those days, Dennis met Betty at a local dance hall and simply shared the pleasures of dancing, conversation, and just getting to know each other. They also shared a love of the theater which filled many-a-nights entertainment as they grew closer together. Over time, dancing and theater-going would lead to courtship, and courtship to romance, and the rest simply paved the road towards marriage and a lifetime of love.

Dennis' trade school education and knowledge eventually led him down the automotive path and the finer points of drafting. Those experiences became a bargaining chip as he and Betty made the life-changing decision to relocate to the United States to begin a new chapter in their life together. It was January 26, 1963 that they made their way across the pond, entering thru Canada, then into the Detroit area where they first made their home in Dearborn, then Warren, and finally to Shelby Township. They were grateful to be in America, and eager to begin contributing with opportunity abounding.

With the automotive picture gaining steam in America, Dennis was well-positioned to offer up his drafting talents which were easily picked up by the automotive giant, the Chrysler Corporation. Dennis was 38 years old at the time, and would end up spending the next 17 years in loyal and dedicated employment with the automaker at their Highland Park facility. Working as a member of the Advanced Body Design Team at Chrysler, Dennis was an integral part of the concept fabrication that set the stage for the cars soon to be traveling the highways and byways of America. With a career history finding Dennis well known for his admirable punctuality, extremely meticulous and precise in his work, and most notably being recognized as one of America's Top 100 in his field of drafting, Dennis decided it was time to venture out on his own and become a self-employed contractor. Naming his company GAM Design, his talents were highly sought after and respected by such clients as American Sunroof, ASC, Volkswagon, Entec, and Megatech, as well as many others throughout his working career.

When he managed to find time away from work, Dennis enjoyed a number of favorite pastimes to include his love of the boys in the iconic winged wheel, the Detroit Red Wings. A faithful fan for many years, he witnessed both the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat,…and was delighted to watch Hockeytown come alive when the cup was hoisted 4 times throughout his fandom. Also from his sporty side, Dennis loved the game of golf and the friendly competition of chasing that little white ball around the course. Always in search of that elusive Hole-in-One, nothing said fun quite like spending a sunny day on the links with a friend or loved one. Dennis also knew how to make his way down the slopes on a set of snow skis, a sport he enjoyed until he reached the age of 60,…cowabunga! And in covering his taste for action, there just has to be a mention of his younger years when Dennis enjoyed dirt bike riding,…and not merely riding, but racing them as well. Being extremely competitive on just two wheels made his bride-to-be quite nervous, so Dennis was compelled to sacrifice his love of dirt bikes for the pleasures of a happy marriage,…and he made the right choice.

Along with the sporting aspect, Dennis also enjoyed a bit of the gaming world as well. Whether it be Bingo by the Pool, hangin' out at the casino, or visiting the Hazel Park Race Track, Dennis wasn't so much a gambler as he merely enjoyed all bells & whistles that accompanied the action and energy in the room. Being a part of people grabbing that bit of gusto in life had his name written all over it,…and it filled him with an exuberance that always sought more. And from more of Dennis' quiet side came his love of reading, a pastime of which he was quite avid. After a long day at work, or simply tending to the other needs in life, nothing said peace & serenity quite like sitting down with a good book and being swept away in its pages. Whether something to feed his mind or merely a great story, Dennis' love for reading was unquestioned.

In their retirement years, Dennis & Betty were known for being one of the countless "Snowbird's" that migrated south for the winter. Easily exchanging the wintry mix for the warmth of the Sunshine State, they flocked to the ever-popular Lady Lake, Florida,…which is now more commonly known as "The Villages." Spending the winter months in the south and not having to shovel any snow was a slice of Heaven for these lovebirds. They also traveled elsewhere when they vacationed together,