Dennis Keith Ferrero lost a brief, but fierce, battle with pancreatic cancer on June 11th, 2020. Dennis declined rapidly after being diagnosed, but his passing was peaceful. Our family has lost a loving Dad, Grandfather, Brother, family member and friend to many.
Born on September 5th, 1958 to Peggy and Dick Ferrero, Dennis was raised in San Carlos, attending Arundel Elementary School and Tierra Linda Jr. High, graduating from Carlmont HS in 1976. Baseball was his favored sport, and he played Little League, Babe Ruth. Joe Dimaggio and for the Carlmont Baseball Team.
After graduating from an Industry School in 1980, Dennis became a Flight Attendant for a charter airline owned and operated by Flying Tigers, and later, FedEx. Dennis flew for 12 years, based our of LA and NY. Flying Tigers participated in Military Airlifts from Asia, Malaysia and Europe. They also had contracts with the U.S. Military during Desert Storm. A commercial contract had Dennis based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for a year and a half.
After his airline career ended, Dennis held several different jobs before moving to Napa and working for Paupaiz Coffee. Upon leaving Paupaiz, he became a Conductor on the Napa Valley Wine Train, spending 10 years there. Dennis loved planes and trains!
When Dennis moved to Napa in 1998, he expanded our family with three wonderful daughters, Arlina and Rebecca Medina, and Amanda Ferrero. He knew those girls had hung the moon, and now, granddaughter Lyla Belcher, has replaced the sun. Over the years, Amanda shared Dennis’s love of softballaseball, and became a pitcher, like her dad. Dennis was looking forward to one day catching a softball for Lyla. Until then, he was her “Papa”, who would play anything, and her little face lit up when he walked into the room.
Dennis had a quick wit and was a great story teller; with a large pool of adventures from which to pull those stories. He was also a practical joker and was known to pull one over on any of us, at any time. Like his Dad, Dennis was an avid Bay Area sports fan and loved Football Sundays! A close second to sports was his love for Disneyland; he had been an annual passholder for years.
After spending two years living in Las Vegas, Dennis moved to Yountville in November, 2019. He was thrilled to be back in NCAL, near his remaining family. Dennis was so excited about his new home that he felt like pinching himself every morning to make sure it was real. Sitting on the deck drinking coffee and watching the sunrise was paradise. Those last months before his diagnosis brought Dennis great peace and happiness. We’re sorry he didn’t have more time here, but are so glad that he was back home and had found his peaceful, happy place.
Upon receiving his diagnosis, Dennis handled it with unwavering courage and grace. His spirituality was very strong and he was thankful for every day of life he had been given. He said he couldn’t have asked for anything more.
In addition to his daughters and granddaughter, Dennis leaves behind his sister Darlene de Beauclair, former wife Gloria Pinkston, uncle Bob Lowe (Imogene), aunt Marilyn Cardone (Marty), cousins Rebecca Lowe, Valeri Roberts, Gary Grainger, Jeanette Brown and Doreta Scott, numerous other cousins and his beautiful English Cream Retriever, Bella. Also missing Dennis will be a large network of friends, many of whom he’d known since his elementary and high school years.
Dennis was predeceased by his parents, brother-in-law Dale de Beauclair, uncle Don Lowe, aunts Doris Grainger and Betty Brown, grandparents Rose and Don Lowe and Frank and Grace Ferrero.
Dennis will always be remembered for his genuine interest in people, sincerity, humor, generosity and the ability to see beauty in every day. He has left a hole in our lives, and the world is a little less bright these days, but the memory of his smile and his warmth will remain with us always. Remembering his laugh will always bring a smile to our face.
At a future date, when we can all be together, a joint celebration of Dennis and his Dad’s life will be held. Please stay in touch with the family for details. Expressions of sympathy may be left for the family online at www.tulocaycemetery.org.
Anyone wishing to make a donation may direct it to St. Jude’s or to a charity of your choice.
To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Dennis Keith Ferrero, please visit our floral store.