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MASSARI, Dennis S. “Denny”

MASSARI, Dennis S. “Denny”

Dennis S. “Denny” MASSARI, age 68. Beloved husband of 43 years to Paula (nee Nahory). Loving son of the late Mario and Elia (nee Rondini). Dearest brother of Diane, David (deceased), Linda (Jim), Larry, Tom (Denise), Mark (Angel), and Jim. Dear son in law of James Nahory and Elvera (deceased). Brother in law of Diane. Dear uncle, great uncle, and friend to many.
Denny was an ornamental plasterer for over 40 years. He was a native Clevelander who retired as a Master Plasterer and tradesman. He worked on construction and building but also pursued his passion for music and guitars by rebuilding and restoring them as well.

Denny played guitar for over 40 years. He is one of the most beloved musicians in Cleveland due to his ability to welcome other musicians to the stage, his ability to play with others, and encourage others.

He played in many different bands and played in many different genres. He hosted a Jam Night for 15 plus years. Denny deeply touched many people through his music. He always was available for beginners, inspiring them, showing them tips and techniques as well as instrument advice. He enjoyed mentoring others in their musical journey.

Denny wrote his own music as well. He played the classics, but most of all he played the blues with his heart and soul tapped into every note. In honor of his late brother Dave, Denny wrote a blues song “Thinking of Dave.” The song was played frequently at his gigs.

Denny was loved not only for his talent but the joy that he shared, through his laughter, his smile and his outlook on life. He enjoyed life and loved his family, friends, and fellow musicians.

His welcome smile, laughter, talent, and stage presence connected the fans to him and his music as they came a away with a feeling of joy.

Denny will be missed by his band mates in “MOJO Honey” and all of the fans and musicians who have heard and played with him.


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Messages of Condolence

  1. Dear Paula-
    I was so very sorry to hear of Denny’s passing. If you need anything, just call me. May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

  2. Paula,
    I am so sorry to hear about Denny, he was a great musician, and an even better friend. As you’re aware, he helped me repair, adjust, and rebuild several of my guitars. One in particular, he even helped me pick out the replacement parts at the Columbus guitar show. I will think of him every time I play it from now on. Denny had many friends in the local music community, and he will be missed, but never forgotten.
    If there is anything I can do, please don’t hesitate to ask.
    Rick Klann

  3. Going to miss you my friend. You were one of the good guys. Thanks for letting me share the stage with you at the jam nights and thank you for the work you did on some of my instruments. I’m going to miss hanging out with you and that great sense of humor you had. Rest in Heaven.

  4. I loved hanging out with Denny. He was charming, nice, funny, and always made me feel special. He would always be excited to see me, and we had some wonderful talks, and laughs together. He was a great guitar player, but so humble. My heart goes out to his wife, family, and close friends, and his beloved Mojo Honey band. Rest in peace sweet Denny.

  5. Dear Paula, we are so sorry to hear of Denny’s sudden passing. He was such a great guy and musician. We worked together in Memory Lane for several years and were lucky enough to spend some time with him a year or so ago at Brewster’s with Mojo Honey. He will truly be missed by all who knew him. Play music with all the angels, Denny. RIP. Bobby and Cheri

  6. A great guy in every way! Sending prayers & much love for those he left behind. A huge void will never be filled! One of a kind!

  7. Dear Paula and family, we are so sudden hearing about Denny. Please except our deepest condolences. He will be missed by our music famp

  8. My deepest sympathies go out to Denny’s family and his wife Paula. Denny was a good, kind soul. I enjoyed the few times I was able to hear him play guitar. He sure was talented! I know your hearts are heavy so I pray you all hold close the memories you are grateful for, and that those memories lead you to finding peace.

    Love always,
    Diane Ciacchi Giordano

  9. Paula and family, we only met a couple of brief times, but I played with Denny quite a bit over the years. He is our friend. We are saddened. Please know you and family are in our daily prayers. Blessings, Ricky and Lois B

  10. So very sorry for your loss Paula.
    Denny was a true friend and a wonderful musician. I loved jamming with him.
    He and Butch came and recorded with me at my studio. I am proud to say he was my friend. He will be missed.
    Rock on in Heaven my brother!

  11. Whenever I’m asked a security question on a new website I always choose who is your best friend.
    and I always say Denny Massari. He was always quick with a joke that always would make me laugh. My high school years with him made it an incredible time in which I would challenge anybody that says they had more fun with him than I. There will never be any other like him. We had travel adventures that could rival anyone else’s.
    I have spent most of my adult years living apart from him though the miles had set us far apart. I never felt he was that far away because He would forever remain close to my heart. Good bye my dear friend yet I think somehow some where are souls will me once again and forever a friendship will remain for eternity.

  12. My deepest sympathy to Paula and the entire Massari family in the loss of Denny. He was a neighborhood friend, teammate
    and school mate. He will be missed by all he new.

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