Obituary of Dennis Caspar Aloysius Schmid
Dennis Schmid Obituary
With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Dennis Caspar Aloysius Schmid, a beloved son, brother, father, uncle, and cherished friend. Dennis was born on a beautiful summer day, 24 June 1969, in the city of Eindhoven, Noord Brabant, The Netherlands. His arrival into this world coincided with the summer of love, and his parents, Hans and Hedy, were flying sky high as they welcomed their third son with immense joy and love. Just weeks later, as man set foot on the moon, their deeper family bond was building within their young, growing family.
Losing a loved one is never easy, especially when that person has played a pivotal role in shaping our lives and identities.
After a brief period, the Schmid family immigrated to Calgary, Alberta, Canada, in pursuit of opportunities linked to his father's coaching career in tennis. Dennis, the mischievous young son, gracefully embraced his role as the family expanded, with the addition of a son and daughter never to hesitate on bringing in a laugh or smile.
Dennis' journey took an exciting turn when he joined his father in the United States in the mid-seventies, where his love for the game of tennis began to flourish. His passion for the sport grew exponentially as the family returned to the Netherlands in 1980. His remarkable skills and competitive spirit elevated him through the youth programs, and he had the honor of representing the Haagse Lawn Tennis Club Leimonias of The Hague, Netherlands, on various matches and the American High School of The Hague on their high school team journey through Western Europe besides entering tournaments on his own. Winning was never shy on his mind.
Upon returning to the deserts of Arizona in the United States, tennis became the central focus of Dennis's life. He excelled in the youth ranks of the Southwest region, eventually participating in national events during his late teen years. Dennis received a college scholarship to play tennis and briefly walked on at another institution before fully dedicating himself to becoming a professional in his chosen sport. His dedication paid off, and he achieved an ATP ranking of 566 (singles) and 380 (doubles) in the world, enjoying considerable success on the Western United States satellite circuit until injuries forced him to retire from professional play.
Subsequently, Dennis shifted his career path to the financial field of money management before transitioning to the world of online security, a testament to his adaptability and resilience.
Please take solace in the cherished moments and lessons you shared with Dennis. "Wij Houden Van Jou" – "We Love You" – is a beautiful sentiment that captures our deep affection for him in his Dutch native tongue. May his memory continue to inspire strength and peace in your hearts.
During this challenging time, we hope you find support and comfort in the love of your family and friends, just as we do. We passionately believe that Families are Forever and trust that our Heavenly Father will be with you until we are reunited once again.
Dennis leaves behind two beloved daughters, Skylar and Sunshine, as well as his spouse Laura Westbrook and step-son Isaiah Botiller, his parents, Hedy and Hans Schmid, and his siblings: Emile (JaNet, Christiaan, Caelan, Dallin, Darian, Aiden, Ashlyn, Bronson), Gunnar (Alison, Casjen, Pyper, Lleyton, Veronica), Taco Sr (Kady, Elly, Nico, Gabi, Taco Jr), and sister Natascha. He is also survived by cousins Simone (Marcel), Eelko Peter (Bianca, Lissette, Daphne), and Aunt Else Kueppers (Dr. Hans Albert Kueppers).
A memorial of Dennis’s life will be Thursday, September 21 at 10:30 am Mountain Standard Time. If you would like to watch the memorial, you may join by clicking on this link:Zoom Streaming Service
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