Rev. Thomas Dempsey; Served on South Shore

Patriot Ledger
June 29, 1998

BELLINGHAM — The Rev. Thomas F. Dempsey, 79, of Bellingham, a native of Quincy, a World War II veteran, and a priest who served in parishes on the South Shore, died June 3 after a brief illness.

He retired in 1989 and had served locally at St. Clare's in Braintree, St. Anthony's in Cohasset and had two assignments at Sacred Heart Parish in Weymouth Landing.

The Rev. Dempsey was formerly active in the Knights of Columbus in Braintree, Rockland and Whitman and was chaplain in Rockland and for the Cardinal Spellman Assembly, Fourth Degree, in Whitman.

Prior to his studying for the priesthood, he was employed at the Fore River shipyard in Quincy and during World War II he served with the Navy in the Pacific.

He was born in Quincy and was a graduate of St. John's School and attended Boston College High School and St. Clement's Hall of St. John's Seminary in Brighton. He also attended St. Francis Seminary in Milwaukee and St. Paul's Seminary in Ottawa.

The Rev. Dempsey was ordained to the priesthood at Holy Cross Seminary in LaCrosse, Wis. on May 14, 1955. He was assigned to several parishes in Wisconsin before returning to Massachusetts in 1970.

He is survived by a brother, Richard Dempsey of Hingham; and a sister, Eleanor Emerson of Washington, D.C.

A funeral Mass was celebrated June 8 at St. Ann's Church, Wollaston. Bishop John McCormack, Regional Bishop of the South Region, was the principal celebrant. Among the many concelebrants were Bishop John Boles, Regional Bishop of the Central Region, and the Rev. Paul MacDonald, pastor of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Parish in Scituate. The Rev. MacDonald also served as homilist. Burial was in St. Mary Cemetery, Milford.


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