Dennis M. Saars, 71, of Hamden passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He was the beloved husband of Linda Maio Saars. Born in New Haven on January 7, 1947, he was the son of the late Walter and Margaret McGowan Saars. Dennis was a graduate of Quinnipiac College and joined the New Haven Fire Department shortly after graduating. He went on to spend 30 years with the NHFD, retiring as Lieutenant. Dennis thoroughly enjoyed being a firefighter and was proud to serve his community. Some of his hobbies included playing music, especially the guitar, photography, and hiking. Along with his wife Linda, Dennis is survived by his daughter Laura Calamo and her husband Shane, and son Adam Saars; sisters Colleen O'Daly and Elizabeth Moore; seven grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Ann Chiarella. Dennis's family would especially like to thank his team of caregivers and physicians from Kindred Care for their generosity. Relatives and friends are invited to Dennis' funeral service on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 6:00PM at Beecher & Bennett Funeral Home, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden. Visitation with his family will take place from 4:00PM until the time of the service. Burial will be private. Memorial donations in Dennis' name may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517.

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  1. Dennis was one of our beloved fraternity brothers of Tau Kappa Epsilon – Kappa Psi Chapter – Quinnipiac University. Our brotherhood will always remember him and his positive persona which brought smiles, joy, and life to all of us! So sad to hear you have departed us, Dennis. Rest in peace.

  2. Linda. I was so sorry to read about Dennis. It has been a while since I have seen either of you but I will always remember his lively and fun personality. He was always so full of life and had a smile on his face. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. May your memories provide you comfortin the days ahead. Lois DeAndrus

  3. We worked at Dixwell Station as lieutenants, I remember Dennis as upbeat and positive. He had a good sense of humor sometimes crawling down the hall to my room after hearing gunshots to ask me what caliber gun was used or in Stop & Shop ( where worked as security ) he would add items to my cart to surprise me. He is a friend, colleague and fellow firefighter that will be missed. Rest easy Dennis I ‘ll see you again. Marine W. Glass NHFD Retired and Theresa Glass.

  4. Dennis , I will remember you as always being upbeat and optimistic regardless of the circumstances . Your humor and wit were unique and your spirit was unmatched . So glad to have known you . Go with God my Friend .

  5. My sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Dennis. I have fond memories as a co-worker at Gateway. He always made people feel better around him. May he rest in peace.

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