1944 - 2016
Dennis Shaughnessy passed away peacefully in the company of his loving family Memorial Day evening. He was an incredibly committed and respected member of the Santa Barbara community throughout his long, and illustrious career in the County Probation Department. He cared deeply about helping kids and family through mentoring, tutoring, and coaching at the Boys and Girls Club, Cesar Chavez School, and Santa Barbara Junior High school. He volunteered for many years at Transition House. He was also a deeply committed family man and his retirement provided him with his passionate love of the three “G”s: Granddaughters, Golf, and the Gauchos. Dennis is survived by his beloved children; son Brendan, daughter and son-in-law Erin and Chris Henson, precious granddaughters Chloe and Emma, former wife Gail Shaughnessy, sisters Annita (John) Homlitas, Kathy (Rudy) Luhaney, and many extended family members and friends with whom he was close. The family would like to thank Dr. Mukul Gupta for 10 years of outstanding care, and Visiting Nurse and Hospice, especially his nurse Marcella. A mass celebrating his life was held at Our Lady of Sorrows and officiated by his dear friend Father Michael Mahoney on Tuesday, June 7. Donations can be made to Transition House.