Dr. Francis J. Dermody

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DR. FRANCIS J. DERMODY Dr. Francis J. Dermody, 70, died February 16, 2010 at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL. He was born in Pinehurst, North Carolina and spent his childhood in Manchester-By-The-Sea, Massachusetts. Frank moved to Florida in 1971 and finally found his "home' in Vero Beach in 1976. Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Lois Dermody; sons, Dr. F. Joseph (Veronica) Dermody, Jr. and Dr. Christopher M. (Dr. Rachelle) Dermody, all of Vero Beach; daughters, Dr. Pamela Dermody (John) Chnupa of Houston, TX, and Lynn M. Dermody of Manchester-By-The-Sea, MA; grandsons, Alex Dermody, Noah Dermody, Peyton Dermody, and Connor Chnupa; granddaughters, Grace Dermody, Kate Dermody, Erin Dermody, and Riley Chnupa; brother, Colonel (Ret.) Henry M. Dermody, Jr. of Centreville, MD; sisters, Joan E. MacGilliviray of Belmont, MA, Maureen Dermody of Manchester-By-The-Sea, MA, and Marianne Seaver of Gloucester, MA; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Frank was predeceased by his parents, Henry M. & Evelyn K. Dermody. Dr. Dermody graduated from St. John's Preparatory School, Danvers, MA. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Northeastern University, Boston, MA and a Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Dental Medicine, Philadelphia, PA. He also earned his Certificate of Pediatric Dentistry from Harvard University Children's Hospital Medical Center, Boston, MA. He served in the US Army Dental Corps where he was instrumental in establishing the first pediatric dental clinic within the United States Army in Fort Stewart, GA. Dr. Dermody was the first pediatric dentist in Vero Beach where he practiced for 35 years. Dr. Dermody was a member of the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, the Florida Dental Association, Southeastern Society of Pediatric Dentistry, and the American College of Dentists, the Treasure Coast Dental Society, and the 100 Club. He was also a member of St. Helen Catholic Church, where he taught CCD, served as a Lecturer and Eucharistic Minister, made hospital and nursing home visits, served on the Parish Council, was a member of The Knights of Columbus, a member of the Bible Study Group, chaired the St. Helen Golf Tournament, was Harvest Festival Chairman, and a former Board Member of John Carroll High School and ARC. He donated his time to the Indian River County Health Department Dental Clinic for 32 years, the Vero Beach VNA Hospice House, the Head Start Coalition, the Baptist Mobile Dental Clinic, Jesse's Children in the Dominican Republic and Habitat for Humanity. With Frank's passing we suffer the loss a truly wonderful man. His dignity, intelligence, and compassion were known by all. We will remember the smile he had for everyone, his infectious laugh, and the endless stories and jokes that brightened our days. He led by example both in his personal and professional life by always striving to do the right thing. He worked hard to make the world a better place by generously sharing his time, talent, and treasure to further God's mission on earth. Frank was the beloved patriarch of a large and extended family and he encompassed any and all within his realm. He loved each and everyone dearly. His fatherly advice, direction, and care will be greatly missed as will the love he carried for his vast network of friends. Frank never met a stranger and if you met him once he was your friend for life. Frank had many titles in his life: father, husband, brother, uncle, doctor, and friend. But, if you asked him what his favorite title of all was, it would be that of "Grampy". While Frank would not have us mourn, we are saddened for our loss, but we rejoice that God now holds him in the palm of his hand. Visitation will be 5-8 PM on February 22, 2010 at St. Helen Catholic Church, Vero Beach. Funeral Mass will be 10:00 AM, February 23, 2010 at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Helen Catholic Church, 2000 20th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960 or to VNA Hospice, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960. A guestbook may be signed at www.strunkfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by Strunk Funeral Home and Crematory Vero Beach, Florida paid obituary

Published in the TC Palm on Feb. 21, 2010
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