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Dennis Fleming
  • Passed away on October 17, 2020

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“I suspect that every saved soul in heaven is a great wonder, and that heaven is a vast museum of wonders of grace and mercy. A palace of miracles, in which everything will surprise everyone who gets there.”

Charles Spurgeon, ‘Feeble Faith Appealing To A Strong Savior’

Dennis Fleming passed peacefully on October 17, 2020, at his home in Port Orange, FL surrounded by loved ones. Born in Charleroi, PA to Margaret Guthrie Fleming and David Howard Fleming.  Both of which have preceded him in death.

A graduate of California University of Pennsylvania, Bachelor of Science, Education, Washington College, Master of Arts, Education, and Xavier University, MHA, Health Administration Business. Member of American College of Healthcare Executives. An educator at heart and a successful businessman, Dennis was a great storyteller, a hard worker, and had a great memory. His mother-in-law would call him ‘the encyclopedia man’. Meeting his soul mate and the love of his life in 1979, where they dated for 8 months, and they were married for 40 years.

During a neurological check by the doctors they pointed to Dennis’s wife and asked, ‘who is that?’ expecting him to say, ‘Heidi,’ Dennis said, “Oh, that is my angel’. Full of life, and love, and peace, and hope, Dennis earned the respect of those who knew him. He had a passion and gift for sharing the good news of Jesus Christ through his life and through his love.

An avid lifetime athlete Dennis earned multiple championships in equestrian events and tennis. An endurance athlete, snow skier, and a reader. He had a life-long love of learning, gardening, and cooking.

Dennis will be greatly missed but, he would want everyone to know he was prepared and eager to meet his Savior. He has completed his race.

He is survived by his wife Heidi and preceded in death by his sister Melinda Fleming and his stepbrothers David, Bill, and Gerald Fleming.

A celebration of life is planned on November 6, 2020, at 2 PM at Christ Church, 2421 Tomoka Farms Rd. Port Orange, FL 32128. There will also be an online option.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the: Moffitt Cancer Center at https://bit.ly/3khjK03 or Christ Church.



Service

Location:
Christ Church Port Orange-2421 Tomoka Farms Road, Port Orange, FL 32128

Date & Time:
November 6, 2020 at 2:00 PM


Cemetery:
Tri City Crematory


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  1. 24 Nov 2020
    Drew Fleming says:
    You’re in my thoughts my friend! Steelers are 4-0 for the first time in 40 years! God Bless You! I know he has! You are loved and respected by many! Thank you for always listening to me! You are truly a hero!

  2. 24 Nov 2020
    Andrew Lester says:
    Dennis Fleming was my greatest teacher in life and business. I am both saddened and joyful to hear of his passing. Worlds apart, but minds in sync. May we be united in heaven again and bump chests and talk about Joe Burrow winning a Super Bowl.

  3. 16 Nov 2020
    Jennifer Detracy says:
    To a Brave Hero❤️
    Dennis Fleming your resilience, strength, and courage are a bright light in any darkness. As I watch your journey, I am inspired to fight and empowered to love.

    I met you just a year ago. As we sat by the pool in Costa Rica your smile and faith pierced my heart. When Samantha Sagot spoke of you and Heidi Fleming her love and gratitude for your impact in her life was so apparent. Dennis, you’ve made it your life mission to make a positive impact on every person that crosses your path; and to this very day you have not stopped.

    May we all learn from your love and your faith. With Hospice at your home you are peaceful, you smile, and you fist bump (so cool) God has you and you know it.
    From a life you made a difference in - all my love

  4. 15 Nov 2020
    Jocelyn says:
    Peace and love
    Jocelyn and Norman Daley

  5. 12 Nov 2020
    Deneise O’Dell says:
    Wonderwoman5127117@gmail.com

  6. 06 Nov 2020
    Lani Faulkner says:
    My life will forever be better because of your friendship, Dennis. The memories of your encouragement throughout the years while training with your incredibly beautiful love, Heidi to sharing the passion of health and wellness by allowing me to be on your team. I will forever remember your belief in me, your kindness and leadership.

    Heidi, you are incredibly loved. My prayers and heart are with you my sweet friend. I know Dennis' light will continue to shine on through you. You are in my heart!

  7. 06 Nov 2020
    Lisa & Rob Hall says:
    Very seldom do you meet someone that feels bigger then life and this was Dennis. We will miss you sharing your wisdom in gentle and caring way. We miss the comfort we feel whenever we are around you. You were called to now do bigger and greater things...thank you for being one of the strongest men I know. We will watch over your beautiful bride until one day your reunited again one. Love and hugs Heidi

  8. 06 Nov 2020
    Charlie Norman says:
    You left a mark my friend. Thank you for always being you. Rest peacefully!

  9. 06 Nov 2020
    Melinda Simmons says:
    I am so blessed to have known Dennis Fleming. He was always an encouragement. Always a postitive force that would always make you feel good. He was knowledgeable about so many things and always willing to share. The earth was blessed to be given such a wonderful gift from God. He is at peace now and watching us from heaven.. still encouraging and being the positive force we all know and love.
    Thank you Dennis and Heidi for your friendship.

  10. 06 Nov 2020
    Dawn Aronoff says:
    Humor, Grace, love, vision, hope are a few words that describe Dennis. May his memory be a source of strength and a blessing.
    Love, hugs, and peace.

  11. 06 Nov 2020
    Sarah & Mike Ferro says:
    Although we only spent a small amount of time you were one of the kindest and warmest people we have ever met Our thoughts and prayers are with you Heidi

  12. 05 Nov 2020
    Linda Cox says:
    Denny was a great brother in law. We lost touch for years but in connecting again he was the same loving and caring man. I'm just sorry we didn't get to see a lot more of each other, but we will in heaven. You were Blessed with the love of your life Heidi.
    Linda

  13. 05 Nov 2020
    Sara Dean says:
    Dennis was an amazing and caring man - full of love and kindness. The love you have for each other is such a beautiful gift to be cherished always. I know this time is incredibly difficult for you and I want you to know you are surrounded by love and support. I know Dennis is hugging you and looking down on you always.

  14. 05 Nov 2020
    Jen thomas says:
    Dennis was so nice to me and believed in my sons father when alot of people wouldn't. I hope you rest easy Dennis ❤ ill pray for peace over your loved ones

  15. 05 Nov 2020
    Larry & Carol McGehe says:
    While we are terribly saddened for all of us still on this crazy earth, we are filled with joy that Dennis knew Jesus as his Lord and Savior and is now safely in His arms of love and comfort. Our very fondest memories of Dennis were his telling of the many stories of how God had so miraculously worked in his life. His face was one of pure delight as he shared.

    We love you, Heidi, and we grieve with you during this difficult time. Thank you for sharing your sweet husband with us over the years.

  16. 05 Nov 2020
    Joyce Eason says:
    Dennis, I didn’t know you well but what I did know was you were a true gentle-man displaying the grace and dignity we should all come to expect. Your love and devotion to Heidi and hers to you was extraordinary to witness everyone should be so blessed. You will be missed. Rest In Peace.

  17. 05 Nov 2020
    John Dawson says:
    Dennis, you were a friend to all that you met. A true gentleman and man of God.
    Your absence here will be suffered by many. Your presence in heaven will be celebrated heartily.
    Rest in Peace my friend.
    God bless you Heidi.

  18. 05 Nov 2020
    Jay Goforth says:
    To a man who had much love for God, his wife, and life, you will be missed amongst us!

  19. 05 Nov 2020
    Valerie Boughner says:
    I have read these tributes and shed tears missing him but joyful that so many knew his testimony of loving Jesus Christ. Our days are numbered on earth but Eternity is forever. His smile will continue to light up heaven as we continue to struggle here on Earth without him. But, but,.... there will be that day when the Lord calls us to unite with our loved ones and Jesus himself. We will not grow weary doing His work while we wait. Love you Heidi. Tears for your loss and Joy that you know Jesus.

  20. 05 Nov 2020
    Marco Sanchez says:
    From day I considered you family. Thank you for allowing me on your journey. You and Heidi always so nice and friendly, Rest In Peace my friend.

  21. 05 Nov 2020
    George Reynolds says:
    The love of Dennis was the love that God gave him through Jesus Christ our lord and savior amen . This is the love Dennis gave to others. Dennis was a kind man to who ever he meet and spoke to, as we are taught in God’s word. We will celebrate that you are with our King and savior in Jesus name amen .

  22. 05 Nov 2020
    Deborah Halcomb says:
    It was a blessing to know Dennis. He lived his faith everyday even when going through the toughest and most painful time. You will be greatly missed Dennis.

  23. 05 Nov 2020
    Megan says:
    I remember being new to the area and not knowing many people. You and Heidi welcomed me with open arms and made me feel so welcomed! You hold such a dear spot in mine and so many others’ hearts. Miss you Dennis!

  24. 04 Nov 2020
    Larry Stanfield says:
    Hello Heidi, I deeply apologize that I cannot be there with you at this memorial to honor your husband and my dear friend Dennis.

    How can I begin to share the wonderful years I have known Dennis and the many sweet hours that we shared?

    I can only say that whatever descriptions the Word of God uses regarding a righteous man they are describing Dennis.

    I remember the time after cancer surgery when I was too weak to drive to Jacksonville for my checkup;

    Who but Dennis pulls up to transport me. He carefully and lovingly helped me into his car, drove me to and from Jacksonville while sharing uplifting, supportive, and heavenly gift wrapped words that continued to fill the car with the presence of heaven.

    Dennis reflected God’s heart without a doubt! I never heard one word from him that did not edify, encourage, and propel the listener towards our Master’s feet in prayer and humility.

    Dennis taught me how to reach beyond my own situation and pain, indeed Dennis reflected Jesus in the flesh to all who encountered him and knew him.

    Now I am before those who loved him and I desire you sharing these special moments with each of you after our special friend, our brother in the Lord and a wonderful husband has crossed over the Jordon before us in the company of angels and of course Jesus himself was with him.

    Our Lord personally came to welcome Dennis and to say …“Well done my good and faithful servant”.

    Well, Dennis, I look forward to walking with you and Jesus on the beautiful shores of heaven while we share and talk about its indescribable glories.

    BUT UNTIL THEN there is just one more thing I really need to tell you Dennis and that is … “I LOVE YOU DENNIS AND I WILL DEEPLY MISS YOU”, but then you already know that don’t you!

    Larry

    PS: I really do miss you, Dennis!

  25. 01 Nov 2020
    Heidi posted an image:
    D loved exercise.
    D loved exercise.

  26. 01 Nov 2020
    Heidi posted an image:
    The Love of my life, he loved me and loved life.
    The Love of my life, he loved me and loved life.

  27. 01 Nov 2020
    Heidi posted an image:
    Little Cowboy, Dennis. Loved horses and grew up showing horses with his sister and parents.
    Little Cowboy, Dennis. Loved horses and grew up showing horses with his sister and parents.

  28. 30 Oct 2020
    John Babiarz says:
    Dennis was a special man. I met him professionally and got to know him personally over time. A wonderful colleague and friend who always made it a point to talk about the love of his life, Heidi. Rest In Peace my friend.

  29. 30 Oct 2020
    Kelly OBrien Cone says:
    "When special people touch our lives, then suddenly we see, how wonderful and beautiful our world can really be.
    You showed us how our hopes and dreams could take us very far, by helping us to look INSIDE and BELIEVE IN WHO WE ARE.
    You blessed us with your joy and love in everything you gave, YOU are that special person that touched our lives and taught us how to live."
    You will be forever loved and never forgotten. We love you Dennis and your beautiful Heidi.

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  35. 29 Oct 2020
    Brianna posted an image:
    Selfie at Leadership with Dennis and Heidi. Nemo and I were newly married and the advice we received this day was, “if it’s not going to matter in a few years from now, don’t stress about it now. Learn which battles to just drop.” Our marriage thanks you and Dennis for that advice. We love you guys dearly.
    Selfie at Leadership with Dennis and Heidi. Nemo and I were newly married and the advice we received this day was, “if it’s not going to matter in a few years from now, don’t stress about it now. Learn which battles to just drop.” Our marriage thanks you and Dennis for that advice. We love you guys dearly.

  36. 29 Oct 2020
    June and Trevor Miller lit a candle:
    Lit since October 29, 2020 at 10:16:39 AM

  37. 28 Oct 2020
    David O Wallace says:
    Their are friends that are closer than a brother. That was Dennis to me. A friend, teacher, roll model, scholar, wellspring of knowledge and experience. Combined with the wisdom to make the world and people around him better.

  38. 28 Oct 2020
    Sharon Allmond lit a candle:
    Lit since October 28, 2020 at 10:25:48 PM

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