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