Denis Joseph Pembroke October 3, 1956 - June 5, 2021

Denis J. Pembroke, 64, of Dorchester, passed away peacefully on June 5, 2021 surrounded by his loving family.

For 28 years, Denis served his Country in the United States Marine Corps, achieving the rank of Master Sergeant. In 2004, he was retired Honorably aboard the U.S.S Constitution. Following his time on active duty, Denis served the Commonwealth first as a Metropolitan Police Officer and then as a Massachusetts State Trooper, retiring honorably in 2010.

In 2016, Denis was diagnosed with Stage 4 Glioblastoma, his oncology team gave him one year to live. After recovering from his first resection, Denis told the story of his encounter with his guardian angel. The angel urged him to stay with his family, who needed him – there was still much for him to do on this earth as a husband and father. During this time, Denis would battle two subsequent brain tumors. Nurtured daily by his loving wife Joan, and with the support of wonderful nurses and doctors at Brigham & Women’s and Dana Farber, Denis fought. His resilience, dedication & love of family shone through in his smallest daily efforts. His drive to live was selfless & admirable.

Denis is survived by his beloved wife of thirty-six years, Joan Pembroke, and their cherished children: John F. Pembroke, Elizabeth Lewis and her husband Dan Lewis, and Brendan Pembroke and his fiancé Rachel Stasiukevicius. He also leaves behind his sister-in-law Marie Desisto and her husband Tom, as well as, his nieces, nephews, cousins, and his life-long friends the McDermott family of Dorchester.

Denis’ parting gift was a true and intimate understanding of the power of love and the infallible strength of family. He left this world surrounded by love and his strength will live on forever in those close to him.

Semper Fidelis, Top P

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Saint Elizabeth Church, 350 Reedsdale Road, Milton, Friday, June 11th at 10:00 AM.  Family and friends invited.  Visiting hours will be at Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Avenue, EAST MILTON SQUARE, Thursday June 10th from 3-7 PM.  Burial Mayflower Cemetery, Duxbury.  Gulf War Veteran.

Visiting Hours
Thursday, June 10th from 3-7 PM
Family and Friends Invited

Dolan Funeral Home
460 Granite Avenue
Milton, MA 02186

Mass of Christian Burial
Friday, June 11th at 10:00 AM

Saint Elizabeth Church
350 Reedsdales Road
Milton, MA 02186

Burial Mayflower Cemetery, Duxbury


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    Jay McGilvray says

    Dear Brendan and Family,
    I am very sorry for your loss. May you take comfort in all the good memories of your dad and his wonderful service and courage.
    God Bless,
    Jay McGilvray (Xaverian)

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    Retired Association of Metropolitan Police says

    On behalf of the Retired Association of Metropolitan Police, please accept our most heartfelt sympathies and deepest condolences for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with family and friends during this time of sadness.

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    Priscilla Ackerman ( Metro Police and Mass. State Police) says

    My sympathy and deepest condolences to the Pembrook family. 🙏🏽✝️🙏🏽

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    John J Perullo says

    Denis was a man of strength, honor and fidelity. Denis, you were humble in all you did for country, your brothers in the Marine Corps , Mets, and State Police. May you Rest In Peace my brother forever. Semper Fi

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    Stephen Walsh (MSP ret) says

    Sempre fi and Godspeed classmate

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    Danny crowley says

    With heavy heart, wishing the Pembroke family peace and comfort. Denis will be sorely missed. Please take comfort in knowing he was loved by many.

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    Bradford Waite says

    I worked with Denis for a year or two daily at Metropolitan Police Headquarters. Denis was part of the administrative staff who greeted guests that were there to usually visit high ranking officials of the department. Denis had a great command presence and demeanor with the the people entering the 9th floor. Ironically I had asked Denis to come up to HQs because I knew how professional he conducted himself.
    Denis was a good marine and trooper.
    Go In Peace my friend.

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    Baldwin Leon says

    I had the honor and pleasure to work with Dennis, as a former “Met” and trooper. My condolences to the family. God bless him for his service to his country as a marine, and to the citizens of the commonwealth for his service in law enforcement. You will be truly missed Dennis.

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    Joseph says

    It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we say goodbye to a class mate METRO CLASS 42 friend and fellow veteran, sympathy and prayers to the Pembroke family

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    Joseph Drane retired Metro Police Class 42 and MSP says

    It is with great sadness and sympathy that we say goodbye to a friend classmate and veteran condolences to the Pembroke family

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    MarkD says

    RIP Devil Dog! S/F

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    regina reno says

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this very sad time — ur dad – husband was a great man — know that we are thinking of u — may he RIP.

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    Richard Fraher says

    Brendan and Family, As sad as I am to hear of Denis passing, I have never met a tougher guy. He fought harder and longer than I ever thought anyone could. Whatever grenade life tossed his way he battled his way forward. Please rest well knowing the love and support you were able to provide allowed him to fight these battles the way he did. He loved and respected each of you.

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    RICHARD Lawlor says

    DEN; You and I go back a long way !!! We grew up together on the streets of Dorchester ,went to some of the same schools together , hung out together at TOWN FIELD , got in trouble together and did all the things kids our age were suppose to do ! New your MOM , NOREEN , and JACKIE very well like we were brother and sisters. As we aged , we grew our separate ways , but some how always remained in touch . you your stint in the MARINES , me moving to N,J. to do E.M.S. and go back to NURSING School but we did what was expected of us and did it well . Although we lost touch ,we were able to rekindle our FRIENSDSHIP thru FB and stayed in contact that way . Once I learned of your BRAIN CANCER my heart sunk but I knew you and the prognosis and like a TRUE MARINE , you were able to LEARN, ADAPT and OVERCOME !!! Finally after losing this battle , you have WON the WAR , Your at peace now, REST EASY MY FRIEND !!! Although I can’t be there now for you rest assured your in my thoughts and prayers !!! And I leave you as always with our standard joke : As a MARINE, for you it would be SEMPER FI ; As for me it’s my family motto FORTIS et FIDELIS !!! be cause you were just exemplary at that …… BRAVE and FAITHFUL ! P.S. when you get to heaven , say HI to JACKIE for me ! LOVE RICH

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    Andrew Hanley says

    Dear Pembroke Clan,
    Sorry to hear in the passing of Denis may he rest in peace.

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      Jim Roode says

      “Now cracks a noble heart, Good-night, sweet prince and flights of angels sing thee to thine rest.”

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    John Bartlett says

    Till Valhalla brother, Thanks for everything you taught and made me the man I am today. Rest In Peace brother.

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    Gene Kee says

    I was saddened to hear of Denis’s passing. To his family and friends please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. I had the privilege to work with Denis and know he served his community and country with Honor and Distinction. Rest in Peace Brother for a job well done.

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