Dennis “Denny” Michael Contic Sr., 76, from Berlin, Maryland, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021, at Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury, Maryland.
Denny was born May 9, 1945, in Greensburg, to Anthony Contic Sr. and Florence M. “Flossy” Contic (Maxwell).
He was steeped in his Italian heritage and was proud of it through his entire life. Growing up, he was an accomplished athlete making “all-star” teams in baseball, football and basketball, especially as a high school varsity basketball player.
He graduated from Greensburg Salem High School, where he contemplated being a history teacher. After completing some classes toward that goal at Point Park College, Denny served in the Army reserves for a few years.
After the Army, he worked in various positions in local businesses. Eventually, he was called to his final career as a merchandise sales representative, which would be his passion for the rest of his life. So much so that in 1978, he started his own sales rep business, D&S Sales.
It was the perfect, tailor-made job for this man who loved people. He excelled at turning complete strangers into personal friends. The parts of himself he gave to his friends paled in comparison to what he gave to his family.
He loved his wife, children and extended family to a fault.
Denny belonged to the American Legion, the Knights of Columbus and the AMS Club of Greensburg.
His hometown being on the outskirts of Pittsburgh, he was a fan of all Pittsburgh-area sports teams, especially the Pittsburgh Steelers.
In fact, Denny started the first Pittsburgh Steelers Fan Club in Ocean City Maryland, in 2004, and remained the president until the late 2010’s. He loved playing golf, cards, reading, telling jokes and listening to music, especially live bands. He was basically partial to anything that involved interaction with other people.
Denny is survived by his wife, Tina Marie Contic (Powley); his son, Dennis M. “Denny” Contic Jr. and wife, Shannan; and daughter, Stacey Stewart (Contic) and her husband, Kurt; as well as granddaughter, Abigail Contic, and grandson, Dennis M. Contic III.
Denny is also survived by numerous nephews, nieces and friends he loved like family.
In addition to his parents, Denny was preceded in death by his brother, Anthony Contic Jr.; sister, Florence Ann Frund (Contic); and brother, Barry Caruso, as well as a several nephews and nieces.
In keeping with the wishes of our beloved Denny, there will be a memorial celebration of his love and life to be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021, at “The Boulevard” Restaurant, 900 Towne Square Drive, Greensburg, Pennsylvania 15601.
We hope that you come prepared to celebrate the three words most often associated with Denny: family, fun, and gathering.
In lieu of flowers, please direct your generosity to the selfless, angels of mercy who assisted in the comfort and care of our beloved, husband, father and friend by sending your gifts in memory of Dennis Contic to Coastal Hospice. Checks may be made payable to “Coastal Hospice” and mailed to: P.O. Box, 1733, Salisbury, Maryland 21802. Or, visit their website at www.coastalhospice.org/donate.
Arrangements are in the care of Eastern Shore Cremation and Funeral Service, 504 Franklin Ave, Berlin, Maryland 21811. To send condolences to the family, please visit www.easternshorecremation.com.