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Obituary for Roy E. Dennington

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Roy Everett Dennington, II, age 80, of Worcester, Mass., died peacefully at his home on February 25, 2024. Roy was a devoted husband and father, an incredibly hard worker, and a kind and generous man.
Roy was born in Ironton, Missouri on November 5, 1943 to Alton Ray Dennington and Lela Kathryn (Holmes) Dennington. In his early years, Roy grew up in the St. Louis area. He was the middle child of five children, three brothers and one sister.

From an early age, Roy stood out as a bright student. He was the first in his family to attend and graduate from college. Roy earned a bachelors’ degree in history from Illinois College in 1966.
After graduation, Roy volunteered for the U.S. Army, where he served between 1966 and 1968. He was an infantry officer who achieved the rank of First Lieutenant. Roy received the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal for his combat service. In his retired years, he became very devoted to helping other veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and invisible wounds of war.

His first son, Roy Everett (“Ev”) Dennington, III, was born in 1968. Roy and his first wife, Charlene, were then blessed with a second son, Charles Jason Dennington, who was born in 1969.
After returning from the war, Roy entered the publishing industry. This is what brought him to the Boston area, which became his adopted home. Roy’s professional focus was sales and marketing of higher education textbooks, an industry that fed his intellectual curiosity. During the 1970s and 1980s, Roy worked in progressively more responsible positions for several different publishers, including J.B. Lippincott Company, Prentice Hall, D.C. Heath, and the Dutch company Kluwer. To further his career, Roy earned an M.B.A. from Northeastern University at night. He also had a talent for teaching himself business software programs. Roy became a successful information technology consultant in the 1990s and early 2000s. One of his best clients was D.C. Heath, where he had originally worked in the 1970s.
It was at D.C. Heath in Lexington where Roy met his co-worker Carol Ann Samoluk of Framingham. Roy and Carol were wed in 1975, and remained happily married for 48 years. Carol became a loving stepmother to young Ev and Jason. They first lived together in Concord Center before purchasing an older home in South Acton.

The home at 11 Prospect Street, Acton became the center of their family life, where they lived between 1978 and 2010 and raised three children, Andrew, Leigh, and Stephanie. Roy devoted countless hours to his many home improvement projects, and the home became a focal point for many extended family gatherings. As the children went through the Acton public schools, Roy was supportive of their many activities.

After the children grew into adults, Roy and Carol moved to the Ridgefield condominium complex in Clinton, where lived from 2010 to 2023, before moving to the Briarwood retirement community in Worcester last year.

During the last thirty years of his life, Roy lived with benign but recurring brain tumors. This required multiple surgeries and many hospital visits. Roy managed his condition resiliently and stoically, devoting himself to physical fitness and nutrition in his 60s and 70s to extend his life. In the past year, complications from this condition caused his health to deteriorate. Following a brief period of hospice care, Roy passed away peacefully with his family. The Dennington family will be forever grateful for the compassionate care provided by Jewish Home Hospice service.

Roy is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Carol (Samoluk) Dennington; his son Roy Everett (“Ev”) Dennington, III and his husband Marco Marchesini of Point Richmond, California; his son Charles Jason Dennington, his wife Kate Dennington of Portland, Oregon, their daughters Astrid and Audrey, and Jason’s daughter from his first wife, Nora Peron of Queens, N.Y.; his son Andrew Dennington, his wife Catherine Biondo of Southborough, and their children Anne and Francis; his daughter Leigh Dennington of Acton; and his daughter Stephanie Dennington-Roy, her husband Jacob Roy of Princeton, and their children, Sienna, Simon, and Jasper; his brother Al Dennington of Festus, Missouri; his sister Susan Clancy of Guanajuato, Mexico; and his brother Andy Dennington of Overland, Missouri. In addition to his parents, Roy was preceded in death by his brother Ron Dennington of Overland, Missouri.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday, March 1, 2024 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Acton Funeral Home, 470 Massachusetts Avenue, Acton, Mass. 01720, followed by a funeral service immediately thereafter. Donations in Roy’s name may be made to Veterans, Inc. ( and Jewish Home Hospice, 646 Salisbury Street, Worcester, Mass.