John Bradley "Brad" Dempsey
1944 - 2019
Sheehan-Hilborn-Breen Funeral Home
1084 New Britain Avenue
West Hartford, CT
John Bradley Dempsey, of West Hartford died peacefully on Tuesday, February 26, 2019. He was the husband of Marie (Crafa) Dempsey. John was born on November 16, 1944 in Hartford, CT to Dorothy Aldrich and John Dempsey. John graduated from Hartford High and was employed by the City of Hartford Fire Department for 33 years and then served as a security guard at Sedgwick Middle School. He was honorably discharged from the Navy after serving in the Vietnam War. Mr. Dempsey's hobbies included golf, bowling and reading. In addition, he volunteered as both a coach and referee for the West Hartford Boys Basketball League. He was predeceased by his parents and sister, Susan Green. He is survived by his wife, Marie Dempsey, his daughters Melissa Dempsey and her husband Daniel Weiner, and Andrea Vargas and her husband Carlos Vargas, grandchildren Emma, Paige, Charlie, and Kate, and niece Kelly Green. In addition to his immediate family Mr. Dempsey is survived by his sister-in-law Victoria Crafa, brother-in law Andrew Crafa, his wife Natalie Crafa and their sons Aaron and Ryan Crafa. Further, Mr. Dempsey leaves behind best friends Frank D'Annolfo, Billy Tummillo, and Robert Rowlson.Funeral services were private. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to: American Lung Association, National Direct Response Headquarters 1200 Nosford Street, Suite 101, Hudson, WI, 54016. Online condolences may be made at

Published by Hartford Courant on Mar. 3, 2019.
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Marie, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. With love and care.
Ray and Peggy Callahan
March 11, 2019
just heard about John, I worked with John in the Hartford Fire Dept. He was a great guy.
May His Soul Rest in PEACE

Paul Brown
March 10, 2019
Marie, So sorry to hear of the passing of Brad. My condolences go out to you and your family during this time.
Barbara Olejarz
March 4, 2019
RIP Buddy!
Mark Horan
March 4, 2019
So sorry to hear about John, we worked together at Engine 11. He was a big help to the "new" guy and a great fire fighter.
John Donahue
March 3, 2019
Sorry to hear of the passing of John. I worked with him on Engine 11 and enjoyed our association. RIP my friend.
Jack Jansen
March 3, 2019
Marie. I am so sorry for your loss. Brad was one of the nice guys. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Joyce Boyd
March 3, 2019
My condolences to the Dempsey family. I'll always remember the jokes, stories and John was always willing to lend a hand when needed. He was a good neighbor and friend and he'll be missed.
Scott Sechtman
March 3, 2019
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