Date: February 04, 2016 04:23PM
Dennis Timothy O'Madigan, 82, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 31, 2016. Loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother and friend. He touched every life he met, with his warm heart, gentle spirit, and his ability to tell a joke like no other!
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dennis A. and Alice O'Madigan, his loving wife, Diane O'Madigan, and sister, Patricia Schoen. Left to cherish his memory are his fiancé, Kathleen Simmons, sister Mary Beckman and husband David, daughter Kathleen Hensley and husband Robert Hensley, son Michael O'Madigan and wife Stephanie O'Madigan, daughter Patricia Sechrest and daughter Sharon Durham, grandchildren, Matthew Sechrest and wife Lindsay, Alix Sechrest, Megan Sechrest, Brian Hensley, Aubrey Durham, Emma Durham and a great grandson Liam Sechrest. Also, sons-in-law Keith Durham and Richard Sechrest and many other family members. Proverbs 3:5: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths."
Dennis spent 9 years in the St. Columbian Seminary at Silver Creek, NY then entered the US Army Intelligence Branch at Ft. Dix, NJ. After serving his country, Dennis graduated from Boston College and the New England School of Law. Dennis spent time at Northeast Airlines before becoming Director of Security for Piedmont Airlines in 1972.
In 1976 he became Chairman of the Air Transport Association's Security Committee. Dennis retired as Assistant General Counsel in 1989 after Piedmont Airlines merged with US Airways. In 1983, Dennis became ordained as a Deacon for the Roman Catholic Church and served in this position at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, being particularly active in the prison ministry.
Dennis always found a way to reach out and help anyone who needed it, whether it was a family member, friend or total stranger. The family will be receiving friends and a rosary service will be held on Thursday, from 7-9pm at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church. A Funeral Mass to celebrate his life, will be held this Friday, February 5, 2016 at 11:00 AM at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church.
A very special thanks to Terry Simmons, Kathleen's daughter, for all her help and care during this difficult time. Memorials may be made in Dennis' name to St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, 335 Springdale Ave., Winston-Salem, NC 27104. Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com.