Dennis Leslie Shore

July 22 1948 - September 22 2005

A dynamic, creative and a free thinker Dennis was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1948. His grandparents emigrated to South Africa at the beginning of the 20th century from Lithuania, Poland and Palestine.

In the early 70's, having completed his Chartered Accountancy degree, Dennis set out to explore and discover the adventures and challenges of what the world outside South Africa had to offer. These challenges led him to live a global life and he considered himself a citizen of the world.

He met and married his wife Eva who, with her two boys Andrew and Adam were from Melbourne, Australia. Over the 29 years of their marriage Dennis and Eva lived in London, New Orleans and Toronto, and throughout their lives as a family, he was a devoted husband and father.

Dennis was blessed with a multitude of gifts and interests, and boundless energy and a zest for life. He was a keen musician, and though he was unable to read and write music, it did not prevent him from composing songs and music, some of which won awards. Whilst living in Toronto he compiled several series of radio programs for the local station on the history of Jazz, Swing Music and on the history of Jazz in South Africa. These programs were very popular and were also aired by various airlines in their inflight entertainment. In fact they are still on air on his website

Education and the pursuit of knowledge were strong motivating factors in his life. Always researching historical archives and contemporary writings out of a profound sense of interest, he was fascinated by the correlation of ideology with events. Dennis was in the course of completing his Masters degree in International Relations in London and was enrolled to study law in Atlanta, USA just prior to his illness.

His integrity and strong social conscience led him to be invited to join the Worshipful Livery of Carmen and to become a Freeman of the City of London. Whilst on the committee he was active in fundraising for the community at large and for the underprivileged regardless of their religion or background. He was also a member of the Freemasons.

Dennis's sensitive and compassionate personality, coupled with his playful sense of humour, attracted people of all ages. Adults seeking his counsel were always guaranteed to receive a carefully considered and unbiased opinion. He was a magnet for children who gravitated to his fun loving spirit and his Peter Pan sense of mischief.


~ Forever in Our Hearts ~