JOHN C. DEMPSEY "Jack" (Age 71)  
Lawyer, husband and father, Jack died suddenly on January 10, 2014 at the Reston Hospital having suffered a stroke. Former General Counsel to AFSCME, a nationwide labor organization with 1.5 million workers in the public sector and health care field, Jack retired in April after 38 years. During that time, Jack's aggressive voice for advocacy gave power to working men, women and families. Jack was instrumental in establishing the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee, and Jack was deeply involved in the Florida and recent Virginia recount campaigns. Throughout his career, Jack was active with Irish-American organizations. Since his retirement, Jack has pursued his passion for golf (proudly being crowned the Senior Champion at his club) and enjoyed time with his family. He is survived by his wife Joanna Newman; children Joel Dempsey; Justin and Amy Saunders; Jennifer Dempsey; Jason and Rachel Dempsey; Ethan and Jessica Hedayat; his sister Katie and Barry Richardson; and six grandchildren. The family will receive friends at Christ The Redeemer Church in Sterling, VA on Tuesday from 9 to 11 a.m. with Funeral Services scheduled for 11 a.m. Information and condolences at  

Published by The Washington Post on Jan. 12, 2014.
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A true gentleman, I'll miss the tee time banter and dry Irish humor. Will keep the Dempsey family in our prayers.
Cliff Graul
January 23, 2014
I work at Trump National and always enjoyed talking to Jack. My condolences to the Dempsey family.
Frank Janosa
January 22, 2014
I'm a starter at Trump National and was shocked and saddened to learn of Jack's passing. He was a great guy and always took time to stop by and shoot the breeze with me. I will miss him.
Skip Kennedy
January 21, 2014
I remember Jack, fondly...he was a gentleman and a gentle man.. My sympathies to the Dempsey family.
Steve Culen
Steve Culen
January 20, 2014
What a wonderful man; what a terrible loss. He left way too soon.
Audrey Browne
January 16, 2014
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
Ps. 34:17, 18 ~ Kim
January 16, 2014
AFSCME District Council 36 expresses deep condolences to the Dempsey family. Jack was a great gentleman and dear friend of our Union and will be sorely missed.
AFSCME District Council 36
January 15, 2014
Jack's light will continue to shine through
his good works and fights against njustice.
I am deeply sorry for your and your family's loss.
Renee Oayne
January 14, 2014

I was so shocked and saddened to hear about your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family.
Martine-Chantal Hensley
January 14, 2014
My thoughts are with you all. xx
Hayden King
January 14, 2014
My condolences to family and friends for the loss of your dear loved one. "Now may the Lord of peace give you peace constantly in every way. May the Lord of peace be with all of you." 2 Thess. 3:16
January 13, 2014
Leslie Simon
January 13, 2014
I knew Jack as a golfing colleague, as a humor-full partner, and appreciative opponent in our frequent outings. His love for his extended family was a consistent discussion theme.
Joanna, Penny and I were saddened by this news and wish you and your family the best. You are in our prayers….
Mack & Penny Gardner
January 13, 2014
Joanna, I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Please let me know of any way I can help you. My deepest condolences to you and your family.
Vivian Ascensao
January 13, 2014
Joanna I m so sorry to hear the bad news, may he rest in peace.

wahiba Boukadoum
January 13, 2014
Jerry and I send our love and prayers to Joanne and all of the children. He was a great dad, good husband. Jack was always helping our family and the AFSCME FAMILY.
We will miss the Irishman.
God Bless you all,
Jerry and Barbara McEntee
January 13, 2014
Lisa Rice
January 13, 2014
I am truly shocked to hear this sad news. My love and condolences to all the Dempsey clan. He was a very fine man.
Sue Fennimore
January 13, 2014
I have known Jack for just 4 years. He was an integral member of our senior golf group. Jack and I, when paired together, usually won " great amounts " not to exceed ten dollars. He was a joy to be around, never really talked about himself unless asked, loved his family, possessed a belly laugh Irish dry sense of humor. He will be sorely missed. Our prayers are with his entire extended family.
Jon and Charlotte Lillard
January 13, 2014
Joanna, I'm so sorry about your lost. You are in my prayers.
Teresa Copping
January 13, 2014
Tam Tocher
January 13, 2014
I just learned the sad news and my heart goes out to Joanna and the rest of his family. Jack was a tireless advocate for good causes, from the rights of working people to the many Irish organizations he and Joanna supported. In addition, he was an all-around great guy. He will not be forgotten.
Kerry McKenney
January 13, 2014
Jack was a good friend with a great sense of humor. We will all miss him very much.
Bill and Christine Winslow
January 13, 2014
Jack always seemed to be a family man. I was impressed by his love for his kids and grandkids even though I never met them. My sincerest condolences to his family. God bless you all.
Molly Wood
January 13, 2014
Jack was an old-fashioned gentleman who really knew his stuff. He was a man who always had a moment to ask after my family and share a funny story about his. I am proud to have called him my friend.
Jack, you will be missed.
Lara Manzione
January 12, 2014
I have fond memories of the warm welcome you and Jack gave me when Kent and I spent that 4th of July in DC with Martha. Your family will always hold a special place in my heart. Our sympathies to your family.
Flori Hamilton
January 12, 2014
A life well lived with integrity and kindness.
"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal." -- Irish proverb
Carol Burnett
January 12, 2014
May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
The sun shine warm upon your face
The rain fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again, may God hold you in the hollow of His hand.
Rest in peace Jack
Beth Kelley
January 12, 2014
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