Dennis P. Katz, Jr., 31, of Syracuse, formerly of Rome, passed away, Sunday, June 2, 2019 unexpectedly after a long battle with drug addiction. He was born in New Hartford, NY, son of Dennis P. Katz, Sr. and Mary E. Hall on August 26, 1987. Dennis graduated from Rome Free Academy Class of 2005. He received a Associates Degree in Liberal Arts from Mohawk Valley Community College and a Associates Degree in Architectural Engineering from Onondaga Community College. Dennis was an employee of Nelligan Company, Inc., Syracuse.
Dennis was one of the most gregarious and boisterous people you could ever meet. He commanded an audience and left people laughing wherever he went! He was passionate about music in all its forms. He truly loved writing music and playing the guitar in bands with his friends. Dennis went out of his way to experience live music as often as possible. He was the kindest most caring person in the world who would go out of his way to help others in any way that he could. People looked to him for leadership and guidance. His passing has left huge holes in the hearts of everyone who loved him.
Dennis is survived by his mother, Mary Hall (Dominic Bordonaro), Rome; his sister, Chelsea Katz Pettinelli (Anthony), and his beloved nephew, Leo, Rome; paternal grandmother, Patricia Katz, Utica; many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends including his girlfriend, Tia Franchi; and lifelong friends, Anthony Calandra and Lincoln Mondrick. He is predeceased by his father, Dennis P. Katz, Sr.; maternal grandparents, Ida and Harold Hall; and paternal grandfather, David Katz.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, June 6, 2019, at 5 p.m., at the Nicholas J. Bush Funeral Home, Inc., 7751 Merrick Rd. Friends may call on Thursday, from 3-5 p.m., at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial contributions be made to Refuge Recovery c/o Hanna Mountain, 417 S. Main St., Apt. 1, Syracuse, NY 13212; or Helio Health Foundation, 555 East Genesee St., Syracuse, NY 13202 (www.helio.health).
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