Dennis J. Rand

Obituary for Dennis J. Rand

August 29, 1953 - April 1, 2017
Landenberg, Pennsylvania | Age 63

Loving Father, Brother, Uncle


Dennis J. Rand, 63, died peacefully at his residence, April 1, 2017. Dennis was well known and respected throughout the Delaware and Pennsylvania region for his outstanding, decades-long career in new home sales and management.

He was born in Chester, PA and lived in San Diego for a short time as a teen with his parents while attending San Diego State University. While there, he started his real estate career and, once he returned to this region, he firmly established a wealth of experience in real estate, specializing in new construction sales.

He was considered by many as "Mr. Mendenhall Village". As Regional Sales Manager with DiSabatino Homes, for over ten years, he directed the sales of the largest Planned Urban Development in Delaware by a single developer. Anyone who purchased one of the 609 single family homes or 200 town-homes originally, likely met Dennis, a charming, helpful man whose word was sealed with a friendly handshake and smile. He was known for his signature sayings: "truisms" and "thank you kindly".

After leaving DiSabatino, his distinguished career led him to Weichert New Homes, Wilkinson Builders, Bellevue Holding Company, The McKee Group, and Pulte Home Corporation of the Delaware Valley. He joked he was excellent at selling himself out of a job.

Yet more than his career, he loved his family, his dogs, reading, nature, and the outdoors. Camping, fishing, hunting, archery, kayaking, and hiking…with family or alone…was how he'd prefer his time away from work. Known as a "gentle giant," his kindness, courteousness, and charm will be sorely missed by his friends and family.

He is survived by his son, Corey C. Rand, Cheonan, South Korea; his brother Brian of Beaufort, SC; and sisters, Nora Ann (Paul) Faust of Newark, DE, Arlene (Stan) Czerwinski of Hockessin, DE and Alexis Rand of Udall, KS. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alexander W. and Nora (Clark) Rand, and his brother, Alexander W. (Alan), Jr. He leaves behind many beloved nephews and nieces throughout the United States and abroad.

A private family celebration of his life will be held. Instead of flowers, Dennis would hope that you would do an unexpected and unsolicited act of kindness for someone in his name. Donations may be made in his memory to either a no kill rescue shelter of your choosing or the National Wildlife Federation.

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