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Obituary for Thomas A. Denton

Thomas A.  Denton
Thomas Allan Denton,75, Brandywine, MD, died Friday, December 1, 2017. Born October, 29, 1942 in Washington DC to the late Elmo Hilliard Denton and late Barbara Sproul, he is survived by his loving wife, Nancy Williams (daughter of the late James E and Beverly M Williams of District Heights, MD); daughters, Regina (Jeff Clowser) and Marcy (Joe Curran); brothers, Ronald (Louise) and Brian (Theresa McDonough); sisters Claire Denton-Holt (Gary), Elizabeth (William Carrier) and Nancy (James Smeriglio); grandchildren, Benjamin and Nathan Clowser (Regina), Anthony, Vincent and Joseph Dipietri and Crystal, Ryan and Madison Curran (Marcy); aunt, Jacqueline Liverman of Raleigh, NC; 14 nieces and nephews and many friends he considered family. Visitation will be Saturday, December 9th, 2 p.m. until time of service at 3 p.m., at Kalas Funeral Home, Oxon Hill, Maryland. In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

A 1960 graduate of Gongaza College High School, Tom earned an Associate’s Degree from the newly formed Prince George's Community College while interning for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. He continued on to earn a Bachelors of Science degree in Engineering from University of Maryland in the 1960’s and worked as a Civil Engineer for AH Smith. When Multiple Sclerosis caused paralysis in 1973 and halted his Engineering career, Tom went back to college to earn a Bachelors Degree in Accounting, Summa Cum Laude, from UMUC. State Certified in Public Accounting, Tom worked aside his father for the Clinton public accounting firm which eventually became Denton Associates PA. Tom most cherished his family with his favorite memories being annual Denton-Massey family reunions in North Carolina and annual large extended-family Christmas gatherings. He was a competitive volleyball player until his 2nd fall to MS in the 1990s but fought back to be able to participate in community volleyball until his 3rd fall to MS in the 2000s. Tom was an intrinsic motivator and educator. He was charitable, benevolent, incredibly forgiving, generous, spirited, witty and happy. His Catholic foundation and unfaltering faith, not just in God, but also in others, allowed him the most peaceful life even into his last days.
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