On Sunday May 22, Deacon Dennis Besida passed away peacefully at the age of 74.
Dennis was ordained a deacon on June 3, 1995. His parish was St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Bloomfield, NJ, where he was also a member of the Holy Name Society. He was a devout Catholic who said his daily prayers and enjoyed discussing religion. Dennis was also an avid sports fan and a restaurant enthusiast who loved looking at the NY skyline and watching News 12 NJ. Above all, Dennis loved spending time with his grandchildren!
Dennis was predeceased by his loving wife Janet Besida. He is survived by his daughters; Dawn Iadarola, her husband Chris, Denise, and her partner Dan Kessler; son, Darren Besida; grandchildren Emily and Alex Iadarola, and long-time family friend, who was like a son Richard Guanci.
Friends and family may visit from 3 – 7 pm, Wednesday May 25 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Bloomfield, A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 am on Thursday May 26, at St Thomas the Apostle Church. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in N. Arlington.
As Dennis was an avid sports fan,his children have requested that you wear your favorite sports shirt or jersey to the visiting. Thank you!
In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made in Dennis’ name to St. Thomas Church or The NJ Devils Youth Hockey Club.
Services are under the care of Halpin-Bitecola Brookdale Funeral Home in Bloomfield, NJ