Herring Cove, passed away peacefully at home April 29, 2020 with family members by his side. Born in Halifax May 9, 1926; the eldest son of the late Ansle Patrick Dempsey and Catherine Dempsey (Power), survived by wife, Laura Dempsey (Fraser) of 65 years, daughters, Anne Warren (Peter), Marian (Glen), Catherine Brown (Tim), Lois West (Mike), Ellen (Steven) ; sons, Edward (Lana), Matthew (Carla), Fraser (Laurel); 20 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren. Also survived by brothers, Ansle (Barb), Joseph (Julie), Dennis (Barb); sisters, Doreen Reardon, Rosie Dempsey, Angela Arsenault, Shirley Kerr, Cathy (Fred MacDonald) and sister-in-law Doreen Dempsey, many cousins, nieces and nephews. Predeceased by daughter, Janice, brothers, Jeremiah, Patrick (wife Lillian), Raymond (wife Violet); sister, Mary (husband Doug Purcell); brothers-in-law, Bill Reardon, Brian Dempsey, Joe Arsenault, Harold Cameron, Albert O’Neill, Frank Kerr. Also predeceased by daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Moar and son-in-law, Garry MacDonald.
A faithful parishioner of St. Paul’s Church, and lifelong resident of Herring Cove, he was a licensed fisherman until the age of 75 years. He was also employed at the HMC Dockyard for 10 years, a deckhand for the Atlantic Pilotage Authority for 10 years and at times a freight handler on the Halifax waterfront with 25 yr. union membership. A true gentleman, he will be remembered for his kindness, humility, generosity and love towards family, friends and many acquaintances. Many thanks to Dr. Irwin, Northwood Homecare and the VON.
Arrangements entrusted to J. Albert Walkers Funeral Home (2005) Ltd, 149 Herring Cove Rd., Halifax. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, no visitation or service will be held at this time.