the key west citizenAugust 24, 2018


March 20, 1955-Aug. 11, 2018

Dennis was preceded in death by his father Hughes Chandler, mother Lillie (Kinsey) Chandler, both from Atlanta, Georgia, and his wife, Sandra (Sam) Chandler of Key West, Florida.

He is survived by mother-in-law Ivey Senior, sister-in-law Susanne Alexander, sons Jonathan Joseph and the love of his life, Michael Chandler, all of Key West.

Dennis was a longtime employee of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3911 here in Key West and served in various officer capacities with its auxiliary. His duties included bar and restaurant manager. He was equally comfortable on both sides of the counter and made many, many friends there. He possessed an incredible work ethic and never saw a problem, he only saw solutions waiting for an opportunity. Dennis was an honest, “pull-no-punches” man. Yet he was renowned for helping others and could make people feel better about themselves while getting them to focus on what was important.

Like us all, he had his demons, but he also possessed the strength of will to overcome them and serve as an inspiration to others of what was possible with perseverance.

A widowed parent, Dennis made his son Michael his reason for living. Truly a “hands-on” parent, he attended all Michael’s events; whether it be karate classes, meeting with teachers, recitals with the school band or anything else his son was involved in. And at these events, Dennis’ head was up, watching his son, not down playing with his phone like so many other parents. He enjoyed watching his son grow so he made the time, not the excuses. He loved his family, his friends and the life he and Michael had.

As per his wishes, Dennis was cremated, as was his wife, Sandra. A time and date for a celebration of his life will be announced in the near future.

Good-bye Dennis! We loved you and will never forget you!