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John J. "Jack" Dempsey

December 20, 1928 March 13, 2018
John J. "Jack" Dempsey
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John J. “Jack Dempsey”, 89, of Feasterville died Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at Neighborhood Hospice Inpatient Unit, West Chester.

Born and raised in South Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Peter J. and Anna Quigley Dempsey and the husband of Elizabeth “Betty” Groth Dempsey, with whom he shared 60 years of marriage.

Jack was a graduate of Southeast Catholic High School.

He was a member of St. Christopher Church, Philadelphia, where he was a member of the 50+ Club.

Jack was Korean War Veteran, he served in the 94th Tank Battalion, 47th Infantry "Viking" Division of the United States Army.

He retired from Plumbers Union Local 690.

Jack was an enthusiastic sports participant and fan throughout his life - started the CYO basketball program at St. Katherine of Siena parish and ran leagues from young children to adult.

True to his namesake (professional heavyweight boxing champion 'Jack Dempsey'), he was a boxing aficionado and founding member and officer of the Veterans Boxing Association Ring One (Port Richmond section of Philadelphia).

He was an avid photographer and was always able to capture his family and friends lives in cherished photographs.

Jack was an accomplished genealogist. He was extremely proud of his Irish heritage, and also researched other family members and friends’ heritage.

Enjoyed attending his children's and grandchildren's sporting and musical events.

In addition to his wife, Betty, Jack is survived by his three daughters: Maureen Braun and her husband, Thomas of Downingtown; Regina Vanyo and her husband Ed of Quakertown; Denise Koruba and her husband Ed, of Doylestown; and one son Michael Dempsey and his wife Pam of Wantagh, NY; 8 Grandchildren: Thomas Braun and his wife, Jenn; Cristin McMichael and her husband Ryan; Stephen Braun and his wife Caitlin; Shannon Dempsey; Erin Dempsey and her fiancé, Dave; Stephen Vanyo, Kerry Vanyo; Kimberly Koruba and her fiancé Greg; and 7 great-grandchildren: Kellie, Caroline and Faith McMichael; Lilly, Maddie, Emma, and Addison Braun; and two brothers Thomas and his wife, Roberta of Lakeland, FL and James Dempsey and his wife Barbara of Woodlyn.

Jack was predeceased by his two sisters: Elizabeth Beadle and Annamae Clark.

Jack’s funeral services have been rescheduled for held Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at St. Christopher Church at 11am with visitation beginning at 9am.

Interment will be in Washington Crossing Cemetery, Newtown.

Memorials in Jack’s honor may be made to St. Christopher Church 13301 Proctor Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19116.


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