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Thomas W. Dempsey


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Thomas W. Dempsey Obituary
Thomas W. Dempsey, 84, died May 3, 2018, in Naples, Florida. "Sweetbuttons," as his mother called him, was born June 8, 1933, to the late Judge John T. Dempsey II and the late Julie Dempsey (née Walsh). He was a graduate of Loyola Academy '50, the University of Notre Dame '54, and Northwestern University School of Law '60; and was a partner at Lord, Bissell & Brook and chair of their London Litigation Department. Tomás, as he was called by his grandchildren, is survived by his loving wife Karen Kowal Dempsey; children Samuel (Donna), Michael Dempsey, Nicholas Ritacco, and the late Honor Elizabeth (Alistair Carter) Dempsey-Carter; grandchildren Jacob, Grace, Jackson, and Lillian; sister Julianne "Jan" (the late Robert) Largay; brothers John T. "Nick" (Marilyn) Dempsey III, and the late Judge Robert J. (the late Patricia) Dempsey; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. Demps, as his many friends knew him, loved so many things in life: his family, tennis, books and literature, Fighting Irish football, the Bulls and White Sox, bonhomie and fine scotch, and the Big Sand Lake Club. He served as an interpreter for U.S. Army Intelligence and spoke German, Czech, Spanish, and Russian; he loved talking to native speakers and traveled extensively in the U.S., Europe, and Mexico. His love, wit, humor, and support, among so many qualities, will be deeply missed by family and friends. Visitation Friday, May 11, 2018 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Michalik Funeral Home, 1056 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642. Family and friends will meet Saturday, May 12, 2018 for a 10 a.m. Funeral Mass at St. John Berchmans Catholic Church, 2517 W. Logan Blvd., Chicago, IL 60647. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Scleroderma Foundation of Greater Chicago at www.scleroderma.org/chicago. For further info please call 312-421-0936 or www.michalikfuneralhome.com.
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication from May 10 to May 11, 2018
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