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BURTON, Dennis Neil

August 5, 1947 – Winnipeg, MB
December 6, 2013 – Calgary, AB

On Friday, December 6, 2013, the world lost a kind and generous soul, a true friend who always put others before himself. Dennis Neil Burton passed away after a lengthy struggle with cancer at the age of 66 years.

Dennis lived most his life in Calgary where he has many friends in the arts community. He started an underground radio station called Radio Cora in 1974, which later became Radio Radio 104.5 cable FM. It lives on as internet radio. He lived a full life with many interests and could entertain with conversation on any topic. He loved England and all things British. He built and raced slot cars. He loved women, and he loved music. His passion for building great audio systems and his dedication to radio, competed with a quest for the perfect cup of coffee.

Dennis is survived by his brothers Dave (Joanne) and Rob, and his sisters Margaret, Madeline (Jeffrey) and Glenda; and was predeceased by his parents Dave and Gladys. He will be warmly remembered by his family and many friends.

A Celebration of Dennis’ Life will be held at a later date. Forward condolences through

In living memory of Dennis Burton, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. I knew Dennis for some 35 years, he was one of the most generous and kind people I have known, he helped out a lot of people over the years and he will be missed by many. We had some great times together.

    I was able to visit him on October 31 when I was in Calgary. Larry Smith and I went to see him. It was good to visit, but very sad at the same time. I was worried he would not recognize me, but, when I entered the room he said, as he always did, “Hi, Chuck!” and smiled. We talked for about an hour about the old days. I think we caught him at a good time.

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  2. Marcia ,Charlotte and Blake Senini :

    Dennis will be greatly missed by all of us who came to know and enjoy him over the years and like good wine and spirits….he was even better with a bit of age. Love and our deepest thoughts.

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  3. I met Dennis in 1986, through radio radio where I began to DJ. I was amazed that someone else knew as much about music as I did and that is where our amazing friendship began. Dennis enjoyed sushi ,drinking great wine , dark chocolate and vast conversations about music ,art and anything that touched the soul. He was a huge influence on me in so many ways then and now. Seeing his courage and strength through this disease over the years has amazed me how he held on where most would crumble. Dennis will be greatly missed, a true romantic soul who’s kindness will linger on. I can only hope that wherever he is that all the that he cherished will simply be stupendous! I am happy to have know such an amazing man…rest in peace Dennis.

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  4. Helen Sebelius :

    My heartfelt condolences to all of Dennis’ family and friends….a thoughtful and caring person who threaded the earth lightly and filled hearts and souls heavily with love, generosity and humour. Dennis will always be present in memory . My sadness sits along side the joy that he brought to my world over the years.

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  5. Awww, happy trails Dennis. The spirit of the guy during this epic battle he waged was completely inspirational and deeply affecting. Thanks to all you sweet friends who showed such love and care for him.

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  6. Sad to hear. He lived valiantly. His gentle soul will be missed among us who knew and loved him.

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  7. Nicholas and Anne Whyte :

    We knew Dennis during his time living in Zagreb, Croatia in the mid-90s – a cheerful, generous, unflappable soul who was a rock of support for all. Very sad to hear this news; our thoughts are with those who loved him.

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  8. Jackie Anderson :

    A lovely man, a great story teller with a great voice. A friend from long ago and for many years that was funny, generous, quietly strong, and so easy to be with.
    Thank you Dennis, big hugs.

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  9. Hi, just wanted to say sorry for your loss. I worked with Dennis for a few years on the City’s outside special events crew and it was always a pleasure to work alongside Dennis sharing in his oft times twisted humor and practical jokes. As I moved on to another City department I crossed paths with Dennis less frequently and eventually we fell out of touch altogether. At some point I learned that he was battling cancer and not too long after that I did cross paths with him on one occasion and he did seem in pretty good spirits which was good to see. Following that brief chat, however, I failed to stay in touch though every now and then Dennis would come to mind and I would wonder how he was doing. My wife happened to spot his obituary today and over the past few hours many fun memories have come to mind.

    – Dave Fisher

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  10. Brenda Bettridge :

    I pass along my sympathy to his family, in addiiton to a heart felt thanks to everyone in his Calgary community who stayed connected and supported Dennis, both through his treatments over the years and at his end of life. We became fast friends almost 40 years ago while working at the courthouse and he continued from that day to be a charming, mischievous, loyal, and compassionate friend. Radiant, kind, gentle, and steadfast. It is a soft sorrow to know he is gone.

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  11. I liked to think of Dennis as a good friend for my first 21 years, though with each progressive year our paths crossed less frequently. We had some good times and good philosophical discussions about one thing and another in those young years. He was always keen about life and about electronics, and music and stereo hi-fi, and in building things of various sorts. His interests were eclectic and he was smart beyond his age in many things.

    Over subsequent years, I thought about him from time to time and always intended to keep in touch, though I never did. We … did not keep in touch. It is with some regret, because I know that had we kept in touch, life would have been the richer for it.

    What a valiant struggle Dennis waged against cancer! Over the past number of years, his cancer battles and his love of life were inspirational!

    My condolences to Margaret, Madeline, Glenda, Dave and Rob. So sorry for your loss. May you savour the memories of the good times you had with him.

    He left too soon. I am glad to have known him. Would that it had been longer!

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