John R. Dempsey Jr.
1948 - 2018
BORN
1948
DIED
2018
FUNERAL HOME
Richard J. Reidy Funeral Home - Lorain
1783 East 31st Street
Lorain, OH
John R. Dempsey Jr., 70, of Lorain, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. He was born on April 29, 1948 in Presque Isle, Maine. At the age of 17, he suffered a motorcycle accident that left him paralyzed and in a wheelchair. He then moved to Lorain where he lived for the remainder of his life. Despite his physical challenges, John was determined to live a productive life. He always said, “God gave me two good hands”. He was a man of vision who believed that nothing would be impossible for him because of his belief in the promises of God, in whom he trusted. At the age of 11, John began working at potato farms in Maine. After moving to Lorain, he worked for Goodwill Industries, Lorain Metropolitan Housing and Invacare Corporation, where he worked for 13 years. He was a volunteer for Catholic Charities, visiting nursing homes and Easter Seals, repairing medical equipment. He was an usher and greeter at House of Praise Church and loved being around the youth. He was a member of a spinal cord support group and the Lorain County Mayor’s Advocacy Group for the Disabled. His interests included a love for reading the Word of God, classic cars, going to car shows, being the family mechanic, shooting pool, playing guitar, yard work and repairing electronic appliances. John and his wife Gisela “Gizzy”, whom he married May 2, 1981, enjoyed taking long country drives and visiting flea markets. In addition to his loving wife, John is survived by his sisters, Robin Lassy and Kim Simko; brothers, Mike and James Simko; and his “in-laws,” Joe (Judy) Irene, Angela (Louie) Matos, Mary (Pat) White, and Carmen (Bruce) Houseman. He was preceded in death by his parents, John R. Dempsey, Sr. and Bionella “Bunny” R. Niles. His family will receive friends on Friday, December 14 from 10 to 11 AM at House of Praise International Church, 4321 Elyria Avenue, Lorain. A Celebration of Life Service will follow at 11 AM. Pastor Gilbert Silva and Pastor Mark Hebebrand will officiate. In lieu of flowers, a monetary blessing to help defray funeral costs would be appreciated. Funeral arrangements are by Richard J. Reidy Funeral Home, 1783 East 31st Street, South Lorain (440)277-8164. For further information and expression of sympathy, please see Reidyfuneral.com.

Published by The Morning Journal from Dec. 11 to Dec. 12, 2018.
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MEMORIAL EVENTS
Dec
14
Calling hours
10:00a.m. - 11:00a.m.
House of Praise International Church
4321 Elyria Avenue, Lorain, OH
Dec
14
Celebration of Life
11:00a.m.
House of Praise International Church
4321 Elyria Avenue, Lorain, OH
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Richard J. Reidy Funeral Home - Lorain
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Our deepest condolences to you and family for the loss of your loving John. A true gentleman and servant of the Lord. Wherever we would meet, you and John would always greet us with heartfelt joy and love. RIP dear brother... Until we meet again.
Jose "Pinky" and Hilda Ayala
December 21, 2018
Deepest sympathy dear Gizzy. So sorry to hear of John's passing.
Elizabeth Delgado
December 18, 2018
It can be so hard to face the first year without your loved one, but the love of family and friends can carry you through.
December 18, 2018
I first met John and his wife Gizzy many years ago as part of Habitat for Humanity in Lorain County and was proud to share in building their home!!
whenever I saw them at a store, we hugged and talked about that wonderful experience!! a good, loving, GOD loving couple, he will be missed by many but we were blessed to have him here while we did!! Sorry I could not attend the services!!!

Tom Jewell
Friend
December 13, 2018
We are so sorry for your loss. Love and hugs.
Laurie and Wayne Josephson
December 12, 2018
Our hearts feel the emptiness and sadness of your loss but we rejoice in Johnnys new journey of eternal life with our Lord. Though I should walk in the valley of the shadow of death, no evil would I fear, for you are with me. (Ps 23:4) Albert & Sele Rivera
Albert & Sele Rivera
Friend
December 12, 2018
My deepest and most sincere condolences to Gizzy and family.. may John Rejoice in Heaven..
Mary Lou Andujar-Hough
December 12, 2018
Gizzy and Family you have my deepest sympathies and my prayers are with you. Love Eric
Eric Enos
Friend
December 12, 2018
God bless him ! What a great man RIP Love Angel & Lydia Natal
Angel & Lydia NATAL
December 12, 2018
Gisela. My husband and I send our condolences. You and I met through my work and though we never have met in person I feel like I know you and Johnny both. I pray Gods peace that surpasses understanding be with you. I send my love.
Ana Mendez
December 12, 2018
Lorna Ingersoll
December 12, 2018
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