CELEBRATION OF A LIFE WELL-LIVED Friday, July 12th from 5:00 pm-8:00 pm at Kring Ranch, 44341 NYS Rte. 12, Alexandria Bay.
Dennis Honeywell of Sarasota, Florida (formerly Clayton, NY), passed peacefully January 4th at Lakewood Ranch Hospice after a brief bout with cancer.
Dennis was born in Watertown, NY on June 3, 1943, to Clark Honeywell and Kathryn Griffin Honeywell. He spent his childhood in Redwood, NY before moving to Potsdam, NY. He graduated from Potsdam High School, where he would meet his beautiful wife Natalie (1946-2009). While in Potsdam he secured work at WPDM radio doing play by play for Clarkson University hockey games. This would lead to his employment at WWNY in Watertown as a radio and television on air talent. While here he famously stayed on the air for four days straight during the Blizzard of ’77, helping stranded residents receive aid from first responders.
In 1978, Dennis left broadcasting to work for the Town of Clayton, running Recreation Park and the many shows that took place there. After doing this for several years he was promoted to Town of Clayton Director of Operations. He was then in charge of all Town facilities and events and was instrumental in obtaining State and Federal Grants to improve Clayton facilities and boost the tourism industry.
In 1992 Dennis took a new job working as General Manager of the Edgewood Resort in Alexandria Bay. A short time later he let his heart take him to his true passion, which was boating. He worked as a boat Captain for Uncle Sam boat Tours, Chalks Marine, Ed Huck Marine, Antique Boat America, and volunteered as a boat captain for The Antique Boat Museum in Clayton. He also served as the chairman of the Boating Industry Association, where his duties included producing the Central New York Boat Shows at the NYS Fairgrounds. During this time he accomplished every River Kid’s dream and married a Canadian girl, the lovely Sheila Thomson.
After this he retired to Florida and lived with his daughter and beloved dog Ziva. He loved living in Sarasota, only second to his time on the River. He made many friends at the dog park, and he and Ziva will certainly be missed there.
Dennis loved his children, grandchildren, boating, hockey, and his dear Ziva. He is survived by his Daughter Barbara Anne Honeywell, Son Bryan Griffin Honeywell, a daughter in law Deana (Senecal) Honeywell and grandsons Sebastien Griffin Honeywell and Sean Henry Honeywell. He is predeceased by wife Natalie Phillips (2009), wife Sheila Thomson (2023), and brother Dean Honeywell (2023).
A celebration of life will be held at a yet to be determined time and place on the St. Lawrence River sometime this summer.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Pet Therapy Inc., 3117 4th Street, Sarasota, Florida 34234.