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Dennis J. Brienzo

April 29, 2022


Dennis J. Brienzo, 77, of Fairhaven passed away Friday, April 29, 2022 at St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford after a long illness.  He was the husband of 32 years to Sandra T. (Roy) Brienzo.

Born and raised in Acushnet, son of the late Joseph A. And Priscilla A. (Deslauriers) Brienzo, he settled in Fairhaven over 45 years ago. Dennis was a graduate of New Bedford High School and the LeBaron Hairdressing Academy in New Bedford.  He served in the Navy during the Vietnam War and was the recipient of two Bronze Stars. Dennis later worked as a cosmetologist/hairdresser for 45 years at various salons.

He enjoyed gardening, doing yard work, history and was an avid walker.  Dennis was a member of the Acushnet American Legion.

He is survived by his loving wife Sandra;  children, Gina Fitzgerald and her husband John W. Fitzgerald, Jr. of Fairhaven, Joel D. Brienzo and his wife Mary-Jane of Fairhaven and Ashlee R. Brienzo of Sandusky, OH; step daughter Julie Fostin of Fairhaven,  four grandchildren, Courtney-Rae, Alexis P. And Cloe A. Fitzgerald and Bodhi R. Brienzo and another grandchild on the way;  a brother, Raymond Brienzo of Acushnet;  three sisters, Patricia Tomkiewicz of Carver, Rosemarie Sylvia and Donna L. Souza both of Wareham;  and many nieces and nephews.  Dennis was the father of the late Katie Brienzo and brother of the late Robert M. Brienzo.

Calling hours are Wednesday from 4-7pm in the Fairhaven Funeral Home, 117 Main St., Fairhaven.  His funeral service will be held Thursday, May 5, 2022 at 10am in the funeral home followed by interment with honors in Riverside Cemetery, Fairhaven.  For memorial register or facility directions please visit,

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516.

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May 4, 2022

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Fairhaven Funeral Home
117 Main Street
Fairhaven, MA 02719

Funeral Service
May 5, 2022

10:00 AM
Fairhaven Funeral Home
117 Main Street
Fairhaven, MA 02719

May 5, 2022

Riverside Cemetery
274 Main Street
Fairhaven, MA 02719


Wounded Warrior Project
P. O. Box 758516, Topeka KS 66675-8516
Tel: 1-855-448-3997

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