June 27, 1933 – Jan. 21, 2013
LEWISTON – Thomas P. Denn, a banker and investment adviser who was active in many community organizations, died Monday at his home in Lewiston. He was 79.
A native of Syracuse, Mr. Denn was a 1955 cum laude graduate of Niagara University, where he was president of the student government and a member of Sigma Alpha Sigma honor society.
Shortly after his graduation, Mr. Denn joined Marine Midland Bank as a management trainee, ascending to the role of Niagara District vice president from 1973 to 1976.
He joined Lytle Associates in 1976 as vice president of annuity operations.
He formed Thomas P. Denn Investments, doing business as Denn Financial Services, in 1987 and worked as a consultant for his son, Steven, since 1996.
He was a longtime member of Niagara Falls Country Club and served as a member of the board of governors for 12 years and president in 1977.
He was an active volunteer in the Porter Cup Tournament for more than 40 years, heading the event in 1982.
Mr. Denn was an active member and lector at St. Peter Catholic Church.
For more than 20 years, he was chairman of the local Catholic Charities campaign, soliciting large gifts, and he led St. Peter’s $1.3 million capital fund drive in 2000.
He was awarded the St. Joseph the Worker Award by then-Bishop Henry Mansell in 1999.Mr. Denn was a member of the Niagara University board of advisers and was a season-ticket holder of Niagara University basketball. Shortly after organizing the “Great Class of ’55 Challenge,” which produced the highest class percentage of givers in history, he was recognized by the university as Alumnus of the Year at the 50th reunion of his graduating class.
He was a member and chairman of the board of directors of the state Higher Education Services Corp. from 1957 until 1975.
He was a member, president and chairman of the University Club of Niagara Falls, during which time he negotiated the purchase of the former Carborundum guest house for the club residence.
He also was a former member and president of the Lewiston-Porter School Board, Mount St. Mary’s Hospital Board of Associates and former chairman of the United Way Campaign.
Survivors include his wife of 46 years, the former Nan Urtel; a son, Steven; a daughter, Sharon Larkins; two brothers, Edward and the Rev. James; and three sisters, Sister Maureen Denn, Sheila Beaton and Mary.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at noon Saturday in St. Peter Catholic Church, 620 Center St.