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James M. "JD" Dempsey, 72, died on Monday, February 19, 2018, at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, following a short illness. JD was born on November 3, 1945 in Fort Barnwell, North Carolina. He was the oldest son of William Hal Dempsey, who died in 2015, and Addie Frances Dempsey. JD lived in Miami, Florida until he was 16, when his family moved to West Palm Beach. In 1962, he played in the High School National Championship football game in the Orange Bowl for the Miami Senior High School "Stingaree" football team. After graduating from Riviera Beach High School in 1964 and Palm Beach Community College in 1969, JD served in the U.S. Air Force Reserves. He was a partner or owner of several businesses in Palm Beach County during his lifetime, including August Electronics, Sunshine Custom Builders, National Solar and Energy Management and Renegades Country Bar and Grill. He was also the past President of the Singer Island Kiwanis Club. JD enjoyed collecting antique cars that he restored with the help of his good friend, Heinz Zimmerman. His long history in AA was a cornerstone in his life. JD also loved to travel and visit historical locations. He also loved to recount his many hunting, fishing and diving trips with his friends and family, and he never let facts get into the way of a good story. JD is survived by his mother, Frances Dempsey; his brother, Glenn Dempsey (Eilleen); and his nephews and nieces, Tim Aumiller (Dee), Patrick Dempsey (Naomi), Kristen Gerring (Robert) and Katherine Walton (Stephen). He also took great joy in their children, Karissa and Fiona Dempsey, Thomas and Charlotte Gerring and Matthew and Emily Walton. His sister, Belinda Johnson, predeceased JD in 2002. A Memorial Service for JD will be held at 11:00AM on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at QUATTLEBAUM FUNERAL, CREMATION & EVENT CENTER, West Palm Beach.

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Published in Palm Beach Post on Feb. 22, 2018.
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March 1, 2018
I have fond memories of Jim, partly because he wrote in my yearbook (which serves to jog my memory). Sad to hear of his passing. Condolences to his family and close friends on their loss. RIP, Jim.
Penny Brown Conlan
February 26, 2018
I knew Dempsey through Mike Broucke...No matter the subject, he always had a story to tell and a laugh to share...I have many fond memories from when he visited Fernandina Beach, Fl...I always looked forward to his Christmas card...May God continue to give you strength...Marie C. Brown, Fernandina Beach, Fl
Marie Brown
February 24, 2018
JD was always a great force and presence for all who knew him. He will be missed.
I'm sure he's still telling stories.
Cyndi Rilea
February 24, 2018
The years were too few, but the love was great. May the thoughts and prayers of those who love you comfort you at this time of sorrow.
Gayle Lee
February 23, 2018
So sad. The years fly past but the memories are here forever
Sue Swint Horton
February 22, 2018
Please accept my condolences. You are in my heart and on my mind.
February 22, 2018
In Loving Memory of JD, Celebrating a life well lived whose memories will be cherished forever.
Love always,
Hunter, Taylor and Sophia Champ
February 21, 2018
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