Dennis William Boo, Sr., 76, of Cullowhee, NC, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on November 14, 2018 at Duke University Hospital after a long battle with Multiple Myeloma.
Dennis was born in Belleville, IL on June 24, 1942. He graduated from Winter Park High School in Winter Park, FL in 1960. He served in the United States Navy from 1960 to 1963. He continued his education, graduating with a BSBA with honors from the University of Florida in 1970.
Upon his graduation, he became a CPA and joined the public accounting firm of Arthur Young and Co. in Orlando, FL. He concentrated on healthcare during his time in public accounting and ultimately became a hospital administrator working in Rockledge, FL, Tampa, FL, and Charlotte, NC.
Dennis retired in 2004 and moved to Cullowhee in his present home, nicknamed Rainrock. Doing all the work themselves, Dennis and his wife Alicia only recently completed a full renovation of Rainrock. This project became a full-time hobby during his retirement and was among his favorite things to do. In addition, he enjoyed the water, especially sailing, as well as rides in his beloved 1971 Jeep CJ5, day trips in the Carolina mountains, volunteering his time, collecting model trains and stamp boxes, watching Gator football, and spending time with extended family and friends.
Dennis was a great role model and a tireless worker, with uncompromising principles and a sensitive heart. He was confident, humble, and selfless. He made significant differences in the lives of his family, friends, and colleagues, and he took great joy in the successes of others. He was always willing to lend a hand, provide support or encouragement, and offer advice or wisdom.
He was devoted father and husband, and he regularly expressed his love and adoration for his family. He cherished spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren. Dennis is survived by his wife of 53 years, Alicia Deans; his children Dennelle (Jack) Brown, of Asheville, NC and Dennis Jr. (Stacey), of Winter Park, FL; his grandchildren, John, Carter, and Caroline; and his brother Gary Boo of Columbia, IL. He is predeceased by his parents Frank W. Boo and Leona Offermann of Columbia, IL.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p. m. on Saturday, December 22, 2018 at Cullowhee United Methodist Church with Reverend David Reeves officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in memory of Dennis William Boo, Sr to the Duke Cancer Institute in support of Multiple Myeloma research. Checks may be written to Duke Cancer Institute with Dennis’ name in the memo and contributions mailed to Duke Cancer Development, 710 West Main Street, Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701.
The care of Mr. Boo has been entrusted to Wells Funeral Homes and an online memorial register is available at “Obituaries” at www.wellsfuneralhome.com
Duke Cancer Institute
710 West Main Street, Suite 200, Durham NC 27701