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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Francis L. Dempsey

On Saturday, April 28, 2012, Frank Dempsey passed away peacefully after a long illness. He was surrounded by family. Frank leaves his wife of 61 years, Jessie C. (Evans) Dempsey, three sons, Thomas L. Dempsey of Fredericksburg, VA, Paul R. Dempsey of Shirley, Peter E. Dempsey of Cedar Hills, TX; a daughter, Kathleen J. Aragon of Shirley; 8 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Frank was predeceased by his brother Joseph W. Dempsey of Lowell and his sister Helen M. Maskiell of Manchester, CT.

Frank was born in Lowell, September 6, 1926, a son of Joseph P. and Helen (McGrath) Dempsey.

As a career soldier, he spent 24 years in the United States Army retiring in 1968 at the rank of Command Sergeant Major. Frank served combat tours during WW II and the Korean War and was on active duty during the Vietnam era. His overseas posts included Germany and Japan. Following his retirement from the Army, he was employed as a the human resources manager and safety officer at Sanders Associates in Nashua, NH, for ten years.

Frank’s outside interests included volunteer and community service. He served as the Commander of the American Legion Post in Shirley and was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Ayer, the Odd Fellows Lodge in Shirley and a long-time member of the United Church of Shirley. He served as a Trustee of the Hazen Memorial Library and War Memorial Building in Shirley. He volunteered as a Juvenile Probation Officer in the Ayer Court system. Frank also served as the Veterans Service Representative in the Town of Shirley.

While living in Florida, Frank volunteered an auxiliary police officer, receiving a Presidential Citation for his community service. He also became a Guardian Ad Litem, child advocate, with the Florida court system and was an active member of the Stuart Congregational Church.

Throughout his life, Frank was devoted to his family. He never knew a stranger. Frank was always ready to lend a helping hand. He will be greatly missed.

Mr. Dempsey’s family will receive family and friends from 6-8 on Friday, May 4th at the T.J. Anderson & Son Funeral Home, 25 Fitchburg Road (Rte 2A), Ayer, Mass. Funeral services and burial will be at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Loaves and Fishes, 234 Barnum Road Devens, MA 01434 or Wounded Warrior Project, 370 7th Avenue, Suite 1802, New York, New York 10001, or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Please see www.andersonfuneral.com for additional information.