Francis Dennis “Denny” Engel

August 10, 1949 - May 6, 2019

Funeral Details: Sunday, May 26th at 3:00 p.m. Stroud Curling Club, 7883 Yonge St., Innisfil

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Denny Engel (a.k.a. Francis Dennis Engel) on May 6th, 2019. He will be sadly missed by his loving wife, children, grandchildren, sister and many other relatives and great friends (who were more like family).


Denny, born on August 10th, 1949, lived a great and fulfilling life.  As an Elevator Mechanic for many years, he was able to retire at the young age of 55.  A man dedicated to his community, he was proud and honoured to serve as a Captain for the Volunteer Firefighters for 20+ years with the Innisfil Fire Department.


Denny had a zest for life and enjoyed his days creating and embracing great memories with his family and friends. As an avid fisherman, hunter, classic car enthusiast, antique collector, boater and curler, there was never a dull moment.  In his down time, he could be found tinkering in his garage with an open door, ready to enjoy a cold beer with those that stopped to visit.


Denny was so fortunate to be blessed with the gift of good family and friends over his lifetime. He will be remembered for his great sense of humour, twinkling blue eyes, his kind and thoughtful manners and gestures, his sometimes stubborn nature (lol) and his beautiful infectious smile.


Please join us in a casual celebration and sharing of memories on May 26th, 2019 @ 3:00pm at the Stroud Curling Club.




24 Condolences
  • Irene D
    Posted on: Saturday, May 11, 2019 Reply

    So very sorry for your loss. He sounded like a great person by the warm words written here.

  • Robert Harrott
    Posted on: Monday, May 13, 2019 Reply

    I am still in shock. So many great memories stretching back to grade 7, through chasing girls together, working at the family garage in Thornhill, travelling in Europe, weekends and holidays together at the cottage. always ready to lend a hand. There is a hole in my heart, he will be missed.

  • Bruce Harrott
    Posted on: Monday, May 13, 2019 Reply

    I will remember his positive energy, his smile, and his sense of humour.
    I know he loved the outdoors, the cottage, the water…
    I’m sure he will be missed by those closest to him.

  • Ted and Marie Houghton
    Posted on: Monday, May 13, 2019 Reply

    Denny always had a smile for everyone and Ted had a good time working together with him and sharing
    his jokes

  • Joseph Montalbano
    Posted on: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 Reply

    Pam, My heartfelt condolences for your loss

  • Tammy Manuel
    Posted on: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 Reply

    With deepest sympathy, I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you feel surrounded with much love. I wish there was something brilliant I could say to offer comfort. We are all thinking about you and your family. God Bless

  • Brian Harrott
    Posted on: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 Reply

    Many great times in Europe, the cottage, escapades with the Willowdale Weekend Warriors. My wish is that Denny has found a place with hot cars, hot women and cold beer. Rest well my friend.

  • Lu Koza
    Posted on: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 Reply

    May the love of family and friends comfort you during these difficult days, our most heartfelt condolenceson your loss.

    Lu & Jeff

  • Nina Nupponen
    Posted on: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 Reply

    Pam, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My deepest condolences to you are your family. Nina, and Gavin xo

    Posted on: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 Reply

    Sorry to hear about this. You know we always think we will live forever. I will always remember Denny for my 10 years at Innisfil Fire station 1. We were the original team in station 1 Alcona. Good Bye my friend

  • Dan Runge
    Posted on: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 Reply

    Captain Denny you were already missed at station one. You were a calm mentor during times of stress. We will all miss ya

  • George & Diane Kleinsteiber
    Posted on: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 Reply

    From the days we went to Newtonbrook High School together till the days we both moved up to Innisfil, Denny was always a good friend who was willing to share a laugh, a beer and several good jokes. I can remember helping Denny split wood for his wood stove while playing his favourite Cat Stevens Album. We shared many laughs watching Denny water ski or go tubing and Denny always wanted to make the biggest splash falling off the skis or out of the tube. We will miss him and his laugh. Our condolences to the family.

    Posted on: Thursday, May 16, 2019 Reply


  • Patricia McIntyre
    Posted on: Friday, May 17, 2019 Reply

    I am so sorry for your loss. May you be surrounded by family and friends during this time. God bless

    Patricia McIntyre

  • Blair Green
    Posted on: Saturday, May 18, 2019 Reply

    It’s funny, even though it’s been almost 20 years since last I saw him, I still find it weird referring to him as anything but Uncle Denny. I guess when we’re young, the memories of family just stick. He took me for my first snowmobile ride, my first ice fishing experience, my first ride in a classic muscle car! On his 40th birthday I got to see a grown man in a diaper for the first time! Reading the above eulogy makes me happy to know that Uncle Denny never changed after all these years.
    I’m sad that he’s gone, but I’m glad that every memory I have of him makes me smile.

  • Evelyn McLean (nee Wise)
    Posted on: Saturday, May 18, 2019 Reply

    Memories of Denny go all the way back to high school. I am shocked and saddened at his passing. My deepest condolences. Denny was always quick with a laugh and that cheeky twinkle in his eye; a great polka dancer; and that silly joke about the elevator business having “its ups and downs”. He touched many lives and will be greatly missed.

  • Audrey Trantau & Family
    Posted on: Sunday, May 19, 2019 Reply

    Our sincere condolences to the family in your loss of a father and grandfather. R.I.P Denny

  • Pauline Manbahadur
    Posted on: Monday, May 20, 2019 Reply

    Pam, I am so sorry of your loss. My deepest and sincere condolences to you are your family.

  • Sandra & Michael Dutschek
    Posted on: Monday, May 20, 2019 Reply

    We are thinking of the Engel family with love and prayers.

  • Richard Elines
    Posted on: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 Reply

    I was saddened to hear of Denny’s passing. He was a great person, always happy, enthusiastic, full of life. You could not see him in a year, and then when you met it was as if you had just seen him yesterday, no awkwardness or silent moments! He was one of those guys that was the life of the party, always ready to start something, with that twinkle in his eye that told you something was about to happen!
    He was a wonderful, caring person, who will be missed by all of his many friends. He is in Heaven now, telling jokes and having a beer with all of his buddies that have gone before, waiting for us to come and join him.
    Rest in peace my friend.

  • Lynne R. Poole
    Posted on: Sunday, May 26, 2019 Reply

    I was so sorry to hear of Denny’s passing. Hope that memories will keep him close.

  • Valerie Carr
    Posted on: Sunday, May 26, 2019 Reply

    Been thinking of you the last few weeks on your sad loss Pam….Only got to meet Denny once and seemed like a fun loving guy and as all the comments shown enjoyed life….Thinking of you today, as you celebrate his life with family and friends… Hugs… Val

  • Heather Labelle
    Posted on: Sunday, May 26, 2019 Reply

    My deepest condolences go out to the whole family. So sorry for your loss xo

  • Veikko Piipponen
    Posted on: Monday, May 27, 2019 Reply

    I’m SO very sorry for your loss. My apologies, but for medical reasons I was not able to attend Denny’s celebration of life. I’m very sorry for that. Denny was a great friend, always had a smile on his face, a good heart, and he’ll be missed by so many family members and friends. I hope that he had a good celebration of his life.

    My condolences. With much sadness, Veikko

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