Former prosecutor, lawyer, skilled carpenter
Dennis Abraham. (Courtesy photo)
Dennis L. Abraham, of Harvard, (previously from Indian Harbour Beach, Florida), died May 14, 2021, in Concord. Dennis’s life on Earth ended with his wife Cheri and daughter, Aurora Rae, at his side.
Dennis was born September 20, 1948, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and had an older sister, Judy Anne Standley, of Lansing, Michigan. He is survived by two daughters, Aurora Rae Abraham, a student at Central Michigan University, and Suzanne L. Kayner and her husband Dave Kayner of Detroit, Michigan; a son, Troy E. Abraham of Orlando, Florida; and Suzanne’s daughter Breanna Ratering, of California. Dennis’s nephews include Pat Standley, Mike Standley, and Andy Standley, all of Michigan.
When Dennis resided in Grand Rapids, Michigan, he worked as a painter and remodeled homes to put himself through college and then law school. After graduating from Cooley School of Law in Lansing, Michigan, Dennis took the Michigan bar exam and subsequently the Florida bar. In 1986, Dennis moved to Florida and became a prosecutor at the state’s attorney office in Brevard County, Florida. Dennis met Cheryl L. Denaburg, also a prosecutor. Together, they enjoyed and endured long-distance bicycling trips, including one across Florida, another through Going-to-the-Sun Road in Montana, one through Banff, Canada, and the DALMAC bicycle ride from Lansing to Mackinac Bridge in Michigan.
In 1997, Dennis and Cheri married in Melbourne, Florida, and two years later started their own law firm, Abraham & Abraham, in Melbourne. As husband and wife and law partners, they practiced law together through Dennis’s retirement in 2019. During their 24-year marriage, Dennis kept his hand on the hammer as he built a log cabin in Michigan and did a complete renovation of their Massachusetts home. Dennis’s rare and unique personality resulted in a joke or funny comment about everything, and those around him rolled in laughter and happiness. Good times are what Dennis was all about.
Since May 2020, Dennis fought to overcome a rare disease, compounded with a rare cancer diagnosed only in four people out of a million. Donations may be made in Dennis’s honor to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston. Dennis will be forever missed by his family.