John Dempsey

John N. Dempsey

Naples, FL

John N. "Jack" Dempsey, 84, of Naples, FL passed away October 4, 2011 at his residence with his family by his side. He was a resident of Naples for the past 21 years, coming from Laurel, MD. John was born March 2, 1927 in Pittsfield, MA a son of the late Edward and Mary (Nalty) Dempsey.

Mr. Dempsey was veteran of WWII serving in the United States Navy. Jack was a District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Officer from 1951 to 1977. While serving on the police force, he walked the beat for many years and was among the 4th class of K - 9 officers. He retired as a Lieutenant. During his retirement he enjoyed taking many cruises and traveling the world with his companion of 21 years, Helen Coyle.

Jack is survived by his loving children, John P. Dempsey of Gambrills, MD, Debra Dempsey of Crofton, MD; granddaughter, Jennifer Dempsey of Charleston, SC; sister, Mary Evelyn Johnson of Lee, MA. Also surviving is his companion, Helen Coyle of Naples, FL and her daughters, Diane Greaser and Karen Keeley.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a sister, Sheila Smith.

A memorial service will be celebrated at the convenience of the family and will be announced. Burial will be held at St. Mary's Cemetery in Lee, MA.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Jack's name may be made to Avow Hospice, 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, FL 34105.

Arrangements by Shikany's Bonita Funeral Home

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Published by Naples Daily News on Oct. 8, 2011.
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Dad, almost a decade has passed, and your presence is still being felt! I think I can speak for Jennifer, as well as myself, in saying that your generosity has been overwhelming, even a decade after your passing! We appreciate everything you have done for us! I love you and miss you, Dad!
Debbie Dempsey
Family
October 2, 2021
It's been nine years since you left to be with God, your parents Edward J. Dempsey, Mary Nalty Dempsey, your sister Sheila Anne Dempsey Smith niece Diane Johnson Amato and greatj-nephew Kyle Smith. I miss you always. I'm sure you are aware, but the scholarship in your memory has helped a couple of students at the Anne Arundel Community College. I love you, Dad!
Debbie Dempsey
Daughter
October 2, 2020
Loved and missed by many! May your spirit continue to live on!
Eileen Urrutia
October 4, 2019
Hi Dad!
I know you valued a good education, so I'm sure you know this already, but your legacy now lives on, in a real and practical way. I have established the "Lt. John N. Dempsey Memorial Law Enforcement Scholarship" at the Anne Arundel Community College. So far, you have helped two students achieve their goal of becoming police officers. I love you and miss you all the time, Dad!
Debbie
October 2, 2019
Dad, I know that you valued a good education. Because of that, I established a scholarship in your name, to assist Anne Arundel Community College students, pursuing a degree in law enforcement. So your legacy continues! Two students have achieved their goal of becoming police officers, thanks to you. I love you and miss you all the time, Dad.
October 2, 2019
Thinking about you on your birthday and every day. Miss you and love you ❤❤
Jenn Dempsey
March 4, 2016
Happy Birthday in Heaven, Dad! I hope that God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, all the saints, our family in Heaven and you are having a great time celebrating!

Love, Your Daughter
Debbie Dempsey
March 3, 2016
Today would be your Birthday we miss you but feel your Presence daily ❤❤
Eileen Urrutia
March 2, 2016
Hey Dad! I miss you all the time, and wish you and I could have more conversations. Like Jenn said, it's hard to believe that it's been four years since I spent your last minutes on earth, with you. I love you, Dad, and am so happy that you are in God's protective arms!
Debbie Dempsey
October 5, 2015
Thinking of you today Grandpa.. Still hard to believe that it has been 4 yrs since you left us. I know your up there shooting jokes with Dad now. I love you and miss you dearly.
Love you Always, Jenn
Jenn Dempsey
October 4, 2015
Jack... Wow 4 years seems like yesterday.. Please watch over Jenn and Debbie. They are coming along but still miss you dreadfully. We love you
Eileen Urrutia
October 4, 2015
Watch over them
Eileen Urrutia
July 25, 2014
Hey Dad! Happy 3rd birthday in Heaven! I think of you often, and I, too, am looking forward to the time when God lets us meet again. Love, Debbie
March 3, 2014
I know you're always here watching over Jenn. She always feels you presence.
We will always celebrate your birthday in our hearts. ????
Eileen Urrutia
March 3, 2014
Birthday wishes to you in heaven ! I miss you and wish I could could call you to say hello just one more time??????. I love you
Jenn Dempsey
March 2, 2014
You are everywhere with me. Day to Day. Many signs tell me that! I love you
Jenn Dempsey
October 5, 2013
Eileen Urrutia
October 4, 2013
Happy Birthday in Paradise John, you have left us with a beautiful Granddaughter who is a treasure to all and thinks of you everyday.
March 2, 2013
I know you are celebrating your birthday in Heaven the God, Jesus, St. Joseph and St. Mary, I love you and miss you!

Love,

Debbie
March 2, 2013
Hi Dad! I know you are celebrating your birthday with God and Jesus. I love you and miss you.

Love,

Debbie
March 2, 2013
You have been on my mind Grandpa..... I know your up in heaven looking down on me and you let me know by the beautiful rainbows that shine across the sky. There have been so many lately. I love you and tomorrow would have been your Birthday so hope your having a party up there! I love you! Xoxo
Jenn Dempsey
March 1, 2013
Last night I was thinking about you.... :) watching Betty White's "Off their Rockers". I could just see you laughing to some of the skits. Love you Always!!!!
Jenn Dempsey
May 19, 2012
My dearest Jack...It's hard to believe that it is almost six months since your passing. I miss you very much each day but I try to think of all our good times together and it brings a smile to my face.I love you very much now and forever. Love, Helen
Helen Coyle
March 21, 2012
Today is March 2nd, I wish I could call you and wish you Happy Birthday but God had other plans....I Love you! XOXO
Jenn Dempsey
March 2, 2012
My sweet Grandpa~ cannot believe it has been almost 4 months since you went to fly with the Angels! I think of you everyday and was given your Military Honors flag that was presented for your services to our Country.On that sad evening Eileen and I really created a very special bond with Helen, Diane and Ron! We will keep in contact forever, till we meet again I love you!!!!!
Jenn Dempsey
January 31, 2012
Well three months and your still deep in the hearts of many.Jenn and Jay still cry. Please give them the strength and courage to understand you are always with them. You always treated me kind and I'll never forget you for that...
Eileen Urrutia
January 4, 2012
Well Grandpa I have been thinking about you every single day! I miss you but I know your in a better place! Love you and miss you forever!
jenn Dempsey
December 30, 2011
How proud you must be of your grand daughter. Her strength and determination to make sure you had the Military honors you deserved...We know the rainbow was your way of saying Thank you and goodbye...We will see you again
eileen
November 23, 2011
So today is a sad day for me and many others.It's been 1 month since the angels took you to heaven.... I still can't believe your gone, but I know you are looking down on us all. You were the greatest Grandpa EVER!!! and I will never forget all the memories we had together. Love you!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jenn Dempsey
November 4, 2011
My sweet Jenna As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of my family, your family and your friends.
Eileen
October 31, 2011
October 30, 2011
October 30, 2011
I have been thinking of you tonight~ Love you! Sweet Dreams
Jenn Dempsey
October 22, 2011
To you, John Dempsey, the best Grandpa my beautiful niece, Jenn, could have been blessed with. You always had that smile when I was in your company, and it was a pleasure to have known you. Thank you for being so kind and loving with my sister, Cynthia , she loved you dearly. Know that you leave us with the most beautiful girl in the world Jenny Lynn, My love to all family and friends, Jay and Debbie.
October 19, 2011
To the Dempsey family, Ron and I are so sorry you have to feel the pain of losing a loved one. We miss him dearly and I so many times want to pick up the phone and chat with him. You could count on him for a good joke or advise. I'm glad we had him in our lives and I will think of him often!
Diane Greaser
October 18, 2011
Debbie, sincere condolences coming to you and your family from across the Atlantic.
Mary Boggan
October 14, 2011
Sorry to hear about your dad. At least he's free of pain and suffering now. I'm sure the ol' boys in blue are probably raisin' hell up there. You're in our thougths and prayers
Mary & Mike
October 14, 2011
Jay and Debbie; It has been way to many years since we were kids and hung out around New Carrollton. I think your dad was my inspiration to go into K9. Take care and kno2w that he is in a better place and is among his old friends from New Carrollton. The McAuley Family
scott mcauley
October 11, 2011
Dearest Deb,

It is with great sadness that I read about the death of your father. Our thoughts and love are with you as you go through this sad time. He is a whole new person now, no more pain, and in the hands of our awesome Lord.

Arlene, Brian,
Mike, Mitch.
Arlene Friendship-Bedard
October 11, 2011
This was from my 10/10 post Grandpa
Jennifer Dempsey
October 11, 2011
Debbie,

Just wanted to send my condolences to you and your family. I did not know your father but in reading his obituary it sounds like he lived a full life. I know you were proud of the fact that he serviced his country not only as a world war II vet but also the years of being a police officer. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

Love,Karen Manning
October 11, 2011
My Sweet Jenna, I know that beautiful heart of yours is sad and
hurting . Tears are God’s gift to us. Our holy water. They heal us
as they flow. When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory
becomes a treasure. I love you my sister !
Jay, Debbie and Helen , I am very sorry for your lose of such a
wonderful man. I never met him but Jenn always talked about him
with love and joy in her eyes. You are all in my prayers.
Maria Courtney
October 10, 2011
Dad, I loved you then, I love you now, and I will love you forever.

Your daughter.
Debbie Dempsey
October 10, 2011
Debbie, Jay, Jenn and Helen, our thoughts and sympathy to you all during this hard time. I will always remember Uncle Jack and all the laughs he shared with my Mom and Dad.
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Jenn Dempsey
October 10, 2011
Your the light in Jenns eyes and heart.
eileen urrutia
October 10, 2011
Jay, Debbie, Jenn and Helen. My thoughts and love are with you all. There is some comfort in knowing that he is joining the rest of the family that left before him. I know they will take great pleasure in his company. He's in good hands. RIP Uncle Jack
Brittany Smith
October 10, 2011
I send my expression of sympathy to the family and friends of John Dempsey. We traveled a lot of the same roads together when we were assigned to the 13th precinct. Then John was promoted to Sgt.and he left #13 to go on to bigger and better things.

John almost always had a smile on his face and loved to tell funny stories.
One it particular I will never forget
which was a hallmark of John's wit: he would tell my favorite which was "AS THEY SAY IN THE TRAFFIC DIVISION THATS THE WAY THE MERCEDES BENZ" a real classic.

Rest in peace old timer.
Dale Wallace
October 9, 2011
In Memory of Uncle Jack,
God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be. So He put His arms around you and whispered “come to me.” With tearful eyes we watched you, and saw you pass away. Although we loved you dearly, we could not make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands at rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best.
Helen, Jay, Debbie, and Jen, our family has suffered many losses these last couple of years. Take comfort in knowing that Uncle Jack is with loving family right now. Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you.
Doug and Ana
October 9, 2011
Oh Grandpa...... where do I begin. I will be thinking of you everyday, Always and Forever! From the days of going to Chuck E Cheeses in laurel when I was a child, to my first Washington Capitals game in the 80's. So many trips to Disney, Busch Gardens, Epcot and Universal studios. The memories will never be forgotten!!!! It was so sad to watch you go but I know you are in a better place with all the angels above. No more pain!
Jenn Dempsey
October 9, 2011
October 9, 2011, My condolences and sincere sympathies to the family and friends fo John Dempsey. John and I were assigned to the l3th Precinct during the 1950's and worked the same foot designated 11 beat. He was an agressive but fair officer and I know when I was off he was doing a good job of looking after the people and property on the beat. May he find eternal peace in the arms of the Lord.
Robert Long
October 9, 2011
Coleen and I send our deepest sympathies to the Jack Dempsey family on the loss of their beloved Jack. I had worked with Jack on the Metropolitan Police Department and appreciated that working relationship those too many years ago. Jack was a kind and considerate person who loved America and being a policeman in our national capital. I give thanks for his military service in WWII and his service to the people of Washington, D.C., while policing the often dangerous inner city streets of Washington. RIP Jack.

s/ Lieutenant John Harlow MPDC 1969-1989
Fork, South Carolina
October 8, 2011
Jack you will be missed by many..I regret that we didn't spend lots of time together but I will always cherish the times we did. To Jenn ,Jay,Debbie and Helen I say remember he is just away. In our hearts he will live forever. I love you all very much.
Eileen Urrutia
October 8, 2011
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