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John Thomas Dempsey, 85, of Spartanburg, S.C., died Saturday, February 23, 2013, at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Born July 13, 1927, in Newark, NJ, he was the son of the late Patrick John and Mary Catherine Sheehan Dempsey
He was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church and was a Fourth Degree member of Knights of Columbus. He retired from Parker-Hannifin Corporation as a chemical engineer.
Mr. Dempsey was a former member of the Flanders, NJ, Volunteer Fire Department and an EMT on the rescue squad. He graduated from the New Jersey Institute of Technology with a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and received the American Theater Medal and the Victory Medal.
Predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Marie Alice O’Brien Dempsey, Mr. Dempsey is survived by daughters, Kathy Dempsey and Eddie Martin of Chesnee, SC, Maureen and Gary Bocchino of Spartanburg, SC, Eileen Andreassen of Inman, SC, and Colleen and Andrew Green of Inman, SC; sons, Michael and Alyssa Dempsey of Columbus, IN, Patrick Dempsey and Lisa Ebersole of Inman, SC, Tom and Dottie Dempsey of Roebuck, SC, Jack and Sharon Dempsey of Inman, SC, and Chris and Susan Dempsey of Inman, SC; grandchildren, Kirsten Dean, Amy Bocchino, Ben Ballenger, Lee Ballenger, Seann Dempsey, Elizabeth Dempsey, Chris Bocchino, Adam Dempsey, Adair Olsen, Patrick Bocchino, Hallie Dempsey, Alex Dempsey, Jordan Varn, Carson Dempsey, Sam Green, Brenna Green, Matthew Ebersole, Jacob Ebersole, and Kayla Ebersole; great-grandchildren, Taylor Bocchino, Andrew Dean, and Lorelai Bocchino.
He was predeceased by a granddaughter, Jessica Dempsey; great-grandsons, William Edward Dean and Connor William Bocchino; and a son-in-law, Ed Andreassen.
Visitation will be from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 26, 2013, at Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel in Spartanburg. A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at noon Wednesday, February 27, 2013, at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church by the Rev. Timothy M. Gahan. Burial will be at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church Building Fund, 161 North Dean Street, Spartanburg, SC 29302.
An online guest register is available at www.floydmortuary.com.