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Dennis William Hermosilla, 61, of Mount Vernon Avenue, Fairmont, passed away early Thursday evening (April 7, 2016) in his residence.
He was born July 22, 1955, in Fairmont, son of Frances Alessio Hermosilla of Fairmont and the late Michael A. Hermosilla.
Dennis was a graduate of Fairmont Senior High School in 1973, a graduate of Fairmont State College in 1980, and obtained his master's degree from West Virginia University. He was employed with the Marion County Board of Education as a teacher, coach and athletic administrator, with 30 years of service. Dennis started the fourth-grade girls' basketball league with the all-girl team at Watson Elementary. He also developed Race Class Gender Curriculum for all Marion County high schools.
Dennis was also very active for 26 years instructing basketball camps with Morgan Wootten in Maryland, obtaining his Lifetime Achievement Award. Following retirement, fulfilling a lifelong dream, Dennis became involved in the food industry. He catered many weddings and events. Recently, Dennis and his family established Hermosilla's Deli in Fairmont. Dennis enjoyed family activities and was a true family man.
Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Patty Louise Hermosilla of Fairmont; a son and his fiancee, Nick Joseph Hermosilla and Sheray Efaw, both of Fairmont; two daughters and their husbands, Ali Raye and Chris Gross of Fairmont, and Dominica and Klint West of Bridgeport; his grandson, Aidan Gross of Fairmont; a brother and his wife, Michael Jr. and Ann Hermosilla of Fairmont; his father-in-law, William Smith of Fairmont; three sisters-in-law, Nikki Hermosilla of Fairmont, Susie and her husband Dale Moran of Fayetteville, Tennessee, and Robin and her husband Doug Hannah of Fairmont; a brother-in-law and his wife, David and Vicki Smith of Fairmont; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Joe Hermosilla; his mother-in-law, Dolores Smith; and a nephew, Anthony Hermosilla.
Dennis has chosen cremation services. Family and friends may call from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Wednesday at Ford Funeral Home, Ford Chapel, 201 Columbia St., Fairmont. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home with the Rev. Larry Buckland officiating.
The family requests that memorial donations be made to Fairmont Soup Opera, 425 Quincy St., Fairmont; Scotts Place, 215 Scott Place, Fairmont; or HOPE Inc., Domestic Violence Center, P.O. Box 626, Fairmont.
Published on April 11, 2016
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