JAMES J. "BUD" DEMPSEY
DEMPSEY, JAMES J. “BUD” James J. “Bud” Dempsey, of Branford, died Friday October 14, 2016 at the St. Raphael Campus of Yale-New Haven Hospital. He was the beloved husband of Rosemary Lauro Dempsey for 63 years. Bud was born December 11, 1925 in Baltimore, MD, son of the late Joseph and Molly Dempsey. He enlisted in the USMC when he was 17 and went to the Pacific to fight in World War II. After the war, he continued his high school education at St. Mary High School where he met the love of his life, Rosemary, and was a three sport athlete. He attended Southern Connecticut State College, where he was a member of the first undefeated and unscored upon football team. He went to work for United Technologies Corporation and retired from UTC in 1987 as a Vice-President of Human Resources after 36 years of service. He spent his later years devoted to Rosemary, his 7 grandchildren’s activities, boy scouts, sporting events and Sunday dinners. He loved to cook and would feed anyone and everyone who sat at his table. He was a charter member of the Branford Midget Football league, and was a member and longtime president of the Branford Food Council (Pantry). He was a communicant of St. Mary Church in Branford. Besides Rosemary, he is survived by his children, James F. (Joan) Dempsey of Wallingford, Mark P. (Jeanne) Dempsey of Prospect and Holly (Dan) Lajoie of Wallingford; and his grandchildren, Sean, Kaitlyn, Megan, Jaime and Michael Dempsey, and Danielle and Dempsey Lajoie. He was predeceased by his brother Frank Dempsey and his sister Katherine Jackson. Funeral from the W. S. Clancy Memorial Funeral Home, 244 North Main Street Branford, Monday morning at 11:00 for a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Mary Church at 11:30. Burial, with USMC honors, will follow in St. Agnes Cemetery. Friends may call Sunday from 3 – 6 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Branford Food Pantry, 30 Harrison Ave., Branford, CT 06405. For directions and online memorial, see www.wsclancy.com .
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