Six-Time PBA Tour Champion Dave D’Entremont Dies

by Bill Vint October 12, 2013 06:03

Six-time PBA Tour champion Dave D’Entremont of Middleburg Heights, Ohio, affectionately known as “Double D” during a nearly quarter century career on Tour, died Saturday, Oct. 12, at a Cleveland area hospital at the age of 52. Details regarding his death were not immediately available.

D’Entremont was a product of PBA’s regional program, having honed his skills in PBA’s former Headquarters (now Central) Region where he won 19 titles in addition to his six PBA Tour titles.

Probably his most cherished Tour win was his victory in the PBA’s 1996 Brunswick World Tournament of Champions where he came from the fifth qualifying spot to win his only major. He defeated Dave Arnold, 215-202, in the championship match.

“Dave was never controversial and controversy was something he avoided,” said long-time friend, PBA Hall of Famer Wayne Webb. “He just concentrated on the job he had to do and as a result became a great bowler.

“I think the important things that people will remember about Dave were that he was very gracious, had a big heart and in general lived life to the fullest. He was always there to help me on Tour.”

D’Entremont’s best year on Tour was in 1995 when he won two titles and won the Harry Smith Point Leader Award. He won his first title in the 1992 Fresno Open, 10 years after becoming a PBA member. His last tour title came in the 2002 Wichita Open which ended a five-year winless streak.

D’Entremont was a member of the Ohio State and Greater Cleveland Bowling Association Halls of Fame.

He is survived by his wife Sylvia, mother Mami, brother Alan, nieces Marissa and Allie and nephew Michael. Funeral services will be held Friday, Oct. 18 at 10:30 a.m. ET at Chambers Funeral Home, 4420 Rocky River Drive, Cleveland, OH. Visitations will be held at 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17.

Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery.

To watch D’Entremont’s victory in the 1996 Brunswick World Tournament of Champions, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7f61b6EyL90.

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