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Richard K. Dempsey

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Richard K. Dempsey

AGE: 60 • Brick/Point Pleasant

Richard "Rick" Dempsey, 60, of the Brick/Point Pleasant area, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. Rick was born in March of 1954 in Newark, NJ, to Ruth and Joe Dempsey. In March of 1959, the family relocated to Point Pleasant, shortly after Rick's 5th birthday, where he was raised and spent most of his life. In his teens, Rick spent his summers at Camp Penobscot in Maine, initially as a camper and later as a counselor; he remembered these years as some of the best times of his life. An outstanding athlete and student at Point Pleasant Borough High School (Class of 1972), Rick participated in soccer, basketball, and track. He received numerous honors in soccer. In 1972, Rick was a member of the Howell Pinelanders soccer team, which made it to the finals of the National Junior Challenge Cup. While a senior in high school, he served as the vice president of the Key Club. Rick played two years of soccer while a student at Ocean County College. Over the past 30+ years, he worked construction in the Point Pleasant area.

Rick was predeceased by his parents, Joe (1996) and Ruth (2005); and his brother, Joe (1991). He is survived by his son, Chris, who resides in FL; his siblings and their spouses, by whom he was greatly beloved: Pat Applegate (Gary), Brick; Mike (Judy), Myrtle Beach, SC; Jim (Michele), Point Pleasant; Tim (Heather), Mansfield, PA; and his "5th brother," Al Cholminsky (Jane), Lakewood. He was a cherished uncle to 14 nieces and nephews, as well as many great-nieces and great-nephews. Also surviving are an uncle, Fred, and numerous cousins. Rick was helpful to all and, as a result, established many treasured friendships throughout his life, especially with the McCarthy family (Mike, Donna, and girls) and his very good neighbors, Beverly, Steve, and Frank. Memories of Rick include an unassuming man of few words, usually found with coffee cup in hand, who never met a dog or a sport he didn't like (although particularly fond of the Yankees). He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

Cremation will be private. A Memorial gathering will be held on August 28 from 4 - 8 PM at the Colonial Funeral Home, 2170 Rt. 88 in Brick. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital. Condolences can be sent to the family at www.colonialfuneralgroup.com



Published in Asbury Park Press on Aug. 26, 2014
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