Dennis Serpi passed away on 4/6/11

A cornerstone of shooting in Orange County was lost on 4/6/11 with the passing of Dennis Serpi.

Dennis Serpi

Dennis at Master Class

Dennis ran Master Class Shooting Supply in Monroe, NY.  On his bad day he was a better shooter than most people and was always willing to help new shooters and old shooters who knew much less than he did.  Dennis first opened a store and I was Member #2, dated 4/17/03, when Dennis opened up the range. Dennis was a great help to me as he was to many people.  I use a recording of Dennis calling the Rapid Fire Portion of the NRA Gallery Course in many of my Handgun Safety Classes. Dennis passed away after a short illness.
Our deepest sympathies are with Alice and Dennis’s family at this time of grieving.  Arrangements are still being made for something on Sat.  4/16/11 in Monroe.

Master Class will remain open.

I never thought that this would be my first real post.

Dennis’s Obituary was in the Times-Herald Record on 4/10/11

August 23, 1951 – April 6, 2011 Monroe, NY

Dennis J. Serpi, a lifelong resident of the area, passed away after a short illness from complications of bacterial meningitis at the age of 59. Son of Jack and Valerie Daggett Serpi of Sarasota, FL, he was born in Nyack on August 23, 1951.

Dennis graduated from John S. Burke High School and attended SUNY at Potsdam. He was the Owner/Operator of Master Class Shooters Supply, Inc. in Monroe and formerly of Serpi Construction.

Dennis was a life member and avid supporter of the NRA and High Mas­ter Shooter. He was on the Board of Directors for the Monroe Chester Sportsman Club and was multiple win­ner of the New York State Governors Twenty Match for 10 years running. He also served in the Army National Guard. A perfect day for Den­nis was cruising in his Corvette with his “Doll” Alice by his side.

He is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Al­ice Hazlett Serpi; beloved mother-in-law, Jane Hazlett of Monroe; sister, Sharon Linder and dear brother-in­law, Butch of Monroe, Joanne Weiner and husband, Gordon of Ft. Myers, FL; sisters-in-law: Nora Turnbull and husband, Kevin of Warwick, Mary Schmoeger and husband, Tom of Saunderstown, RI, Sally Gordon and husband, Louie of Monroe; brothers-in-law: Artie, Bill and Neil Hazlett of Monroe, and his great buddy, Tony. He is also survived by special nieces and nephews in­cluding Brad and Kim Linder, Tom (TD), Jennifer, Jo­seph Turnbull, Michelle and Christine Schmoeger, Sa­mantha, Nicholas and Victoria Gordon, Jeff, Jon and Josh Weiner; great grandniece, Olivia and a never­ending list of loving friends. He was predeceased by his father-in-law, Cornelius Hazlett.

A Memorial Mass in celebration of Dennis’ life will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 16, at Sacred Heart Church, 26 Still Rd., Monroe.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Dennis Serpi’s name to the Wounded Warriors Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256.

Arrangements by Smith, Seaman & Quackenbush, Inc. Funeral Home; 845-782-8185 or www.ssqfuneral­home. com.


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9 Responses to Dennis Serpi passed away on 4/6/11

  1. Rick Salazar says:

    I will truly miss Dennis. He was a great inspiration and teacher to me. He was always willing to help and was a laugh a minute too. A true gentleman that will be sorely missed.

  2. Jim Vazeos says:

    So many people on the list before you Dennis… deepest sympathies to his wife Alice and to the many friends he left behind. I promise to do my best to guard the fort….carry on Den, you have been an influence and an inspiration to me….your little bits of wisdom put a smile on my face when TSHTF and it has been an honor to call you my friend. See you later…put in a good word for me.

  3. Tom Verri says:

    This is terrible news. Dennis was a great guy and helped me get into NRA competition shooting and always went the extra mile teaching and giving advice to shooters. He will be missed.
    Tom Verri, Monroe Police Department (ret.) Fernandina Beach, FL

  4. Michelle (Shooter) Flotard says:

    I will truly miss Dennis. He was an inspiration to me. I learned everything I know about shooting from him. I will never forget him and I hope one day to open a shooting range in his honor. God bless Dennis and his family at this difficult time. If Master Class needs help with anything at all please feel free to contact me as I am always ready to help out.

    Michelle (Shooter) Flotard

  5. Andy Amberger says:

    I drive down from Poughkeepsie once a month to shoot at Master Class.
    I am deeply saddened to hear of the death of one of the greatest shooters around.

    Dennis always had a smile on his face… even when he told ME to ‘always keep MY
    fingers away from a front-end loader when stacking wood!’ OUCH.

    How proud he was of his wife and family (including his ‘Vette’).

    I will miss sharing jokes with him.
    I will miss his expertise when I needed it.
    I will shoot in his honor at Master Class tomorrow.

    God Bless his family and all his friends as we struggle through this dark period.

  6. M&M says:

    I cannot express how my wife and I felt after hearing of Dennis’s passing. We will always remember his ear-to-ear smiles, and patient assistance he provided to everyone he met. Although just an acquaintance through Master Class, the news of his demise hurt us both more than we had expected. It truly was an honor Dennis.

  7. Michael Damsky, A.K.A. Old Hondo says:

    Dennis was an old friend of mine. I met him as a member of Monroe-Chester gun club before he opened the range and store so many years ago. I still spoke on the phone with him after I moved to Arizona 2 1/2 years ago.
    Anyone that knew him, knows what I knew about him, his sense of humor, his passion for our sport and our country, and his love for Alice.
    I think that when we pass over, we leave behind our good name, if we have one. Dennis sure had one. I miss him. Old Hondo

  8. Brian McDermott says:

    Although I only met Dennis for the first time acouple of years ago, through shooting at Masterclass. You knew you were in the presence of a true gentleman when you were with Dennis. I will miss spending an hour or two with him on Friday nights.

  9. Dave Beidler says:

    I just heard about Dennis today. I hadn’t been to Master Class in about 5 months. I had been shooting there since 2003. Dennis was just a wonderful fellow, always enthusiastic, great to talk with and shoot with. He will be sorely missed.

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