James Patrick “Jim” Dempsey, Jr., 54, of Cheshire, passed away on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, after a brief illness. He was born on March 1, 1966 in Brooklyn, N.Y., and moved to Cheshire, Conn., at 3 months old. He was the son of Carol (Hogan) Dempsey and the late Cheshire Policeman, James P. Dempsey. Jim graduated from Cheshire High School (Class of ’84) and perfected his lacrosse game as SCSU. He was one of the Assistant Coaches for the Cheshire High School Lacrosse Program, where he had been coaching for 32 years, helping guide the teams to State titles in 2002 and 2010. He was named the 2010 Class L US Lacrosse Assistant Coach of the Year.
He is the beloved father of Alison Dempsey of Cheshire, and is survived by his mother Carol Dempsey of Cheshire; his brother Michael, his wife Rita, and nephew Michael Dempsey of Wolcott; sister Cathleen Dempsey of Cheshire; and brother Daniel, his wife Lisa, and nephews Colin, Jake and Sean Dempsey, all of Cheshire. He will also be missed by his Godmother, Mary Ann Buckley and husband Robert of Stratford; and his Aunt Margaret “Peggy” McGuinness of Rockaway Park, N.Y., and Aunt Carmen McNamara of Somerset, N.J., and many, many cousins.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, June 27, 2020 at 2 p.m. at St. Bridget of Sweden Parish–St. Bridget Church, 175 Main St., Cheshire. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the church will be invitation only. Friends/family are asked to meet directly at the church. Masks will be required. Calling hours will be private. Committal services will be held immediately following the Mass at Hillside Cemetery in Cheshire. After COVID is over, the family is planning a larger Celebration of Life. The Alderson-Ford Funeral Home of Cheshire is assisting with arrangements. Memorial contributions can be made to the James Dempsey Boys High School Scholarship. Donations should be made payable to the Cheshire Lacrosse Club, 84 Lynwood Dr. Ext., Cheshire, CT 06410. The scholarship is awarded to a graduating Senior. To leave online condolences to his family, please visit, www.fordfh.com.