Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Daniel Guy Denner

Wellsville, NY - Daniel Guy Denner passed away peacefully on August 12, 2013 at home with his family by his side.

He was born in Painesville, Ohio on December 8, 1954 to Barbara Jane Patterson and Richard Thomas Denner. Daniel married Mary Lois Harris on May 5, 1984 in Wellsville where they came to raise their family. Over the years Dan became a visible community member through his scholastic and athletic efforts. He is survived by his wife Mary Lois, Sons Kevin and Ian: parents, two brothers David (Therese) Denner and Andrew (Linda) Denner and many nieces and nephews from Painesville. His Wellsville family includes Daniel C. Harris Jr. and family and Kevin O. (Jeanne) Harris and family; A sister in law Patricia Ann (John) Kuzma of Las Vegas NV., and her sons Timothy and Jonathan McCann.

After graduating from Riverside High School in Painesville and Kent State University, where he earned his Masters in Physical Education Administration, Dan became a racquetball professional teaching at many health clubs in the Cleveland area.

Moving to Wellsville in 1986, Dan worked for the Harris Supply Company for several years before achieving his true goal in physical education/ health and coaching at Whitesville Central School as well a teacher/ principal of the summer school program for Allegany County BOCES until his passing.

During his career in Whitesville Dan was extremely proud of every student athlete and their achievements in the many sports programs in which he was involved as a coach and athletic director. He will also be remembered as a dedicated classroom professional helping each student to achieve their personal best. Dan loved football and enjoyed working with the Wellsville football program for many years. He will be greatly missed but remembered by his loving family, many friends and colleagues.

Friends will be received on Friday, August 16, from 9:30 am to 11 am at the Immaculate Conception Church with a Memorial Mass to be celebrated at 11 am with Father Sean DiMaria. Burial will take place in Sacred Heart Cemetery and in lieu of flowers memorials may be made the SPCA; or the Hart Comfort House; or the Wilmot Cancer Center, University of Rochester Medical Center, 601 Elmwood Ave. Rochester, NY. 14642, or to the donor's choice. To leave online condolences please visit


  1. MaryLois and Boys,
    Sorry for your loss, Dan will be missed by all.

    Debbie Hendershot and
    Patricia Joy Baker Salvo

  2. Rest in Peace Mr. Denner! You will be greatly missed. You were a great mentor for my son, Jason Reynolds. And you pushed him to be all he could be. You were the most dedicated coach and friend to him and all the students at Whitesville Central. I will miss your sports meetings. Go rest high on that mountain.

  3. I was coaching girls' JV basketball a half-decade ago (or so) and we had scheduled Whitesville because we wanted the competition, even if they were better than us. It was the first or second year where we had assigned team members blazers to wear as part of their pre- and post-game attire ... we wanted our girls to be a team not just when their unis were on, but before and after games. We also wanted them to take pride in how the presented themselves. When we played them at their place I remember Coach Denner saying about our approach, "Keep it up." That always stuck with me. Rest In Peace, Coach Denner.

  4. Steve Shattuck, CorningAugust 15, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    Dan denner was an accomplished coach, and an ambassador of the game. A great person. It was my privilige to have had the opportunity to officiate numerous games of his over the years. He was not only a great coach, but also very fair to the officials who worked his games. He also made sure, win lose or draw, to thank us for coming and the effort we put forth. He was very well respected by the officating community. He was also A GREAT MAN. he will be missed. The trip to Whitesville won't be the same without Dan roaming the sidelines. RIP my friend.