Thomas Joseph “Tom” Dempsey, Sr.

June 15, 1946 - March 31, 2020

Thomas Joseph “Tom” Dempsey, Sr., age 73, of Townsend, DE, passed away on Tuesday, March 31, 2020.

Born in Pleasantville, NJ on June 15, 1946, he was a son of the late William H. and Henrietta M. (Lee) Dempsey, Sr. Tom was a graduate of Pleasantville High School. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War.

Tom loved to sing and play the organ; he was in times past associated with barber shop quartet singing groups. He was a devout Catholic and was ever grateful to Ben and others who delivered communion. In his spare time, Tom loved to go fishing and swimming but what he loved most and best was spending time with friends and family. He valued his relationship with his ex-wife, whom he greatly admired. Tom became very close to his friend, Lacy Holly, and to many of his office staff, attending many of the office events and celebrations. They shared meals, Christmas shopping, many laughs and talked about times both good and bad.

Tom would like to have personally said goodbye to his many neighbors and many of the members of the local banking and Walmart communities. He wanted to extend a special thank you to his dear friend, Jennifer, for her near nightly calls over the last several years, and to Evelyn Tyler, for her Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner invitations. He would also like to thank his caretaker, Carlos Martinez, and Carlos’ grandmother, Iona, for their friendship and love.

Tom is survived by 4 children; 3 grandchildren; 3 brothers; a sister; and many nieces and nephews.

Interment will be held privately in Laurel Memorial Park, Egg Harbor Township, NJ near his mother and father.


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8 Condolences for Thomas Joseph “Tom” Dempsey, Sr.

  • Love and miss you Mr. D, Holidays will never be the same without you there to enjoy!!!! You will always have a piece of mine and Chloe’s heart!!! RIP dear friend!

  • Tom was a childhood friend,neighbor and a good person and a true gentleman.

  • To the family of Tommy; I was a long time neighbor of Tommy’s on Ridgewood Ave., Galloway and fondly remember the entire Dempsey
    Family. Tommy and I have a lot of good times but lost contact years ago. I will alway remember him and the good times. RIP now and enjoy
    your family reunion up in heaven.

  • I first met Tom maybe 50 years ago at Galletta’s Market in EHT! He was working there cutting meat in those days. He chased me out of the store and followed me because he thought I stole a comic book! He was wrong. And I ended up going to work with him there not long afterward. Lost track of him when he left Galletta’s but remember him fondly. He was one redheaded pistol back then. May God bless and keep him now and may loving memories bring comfort to his family. In Sympathy, Sincerely, Ray J

  • We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Tom and I attended PHS , Class of “65. As homeroom and class room students, we share many positive times toogether. I always found Tom to be a caring and thoughtful young man. Tom readily lent support to those in need. He would never say anything negative about another person. Instead, Tom lived a life of common and quiet cause. His gentle kindness stood out from others. Thank you for being my friend Tom, because you made a worthy difference in my life


  • My son Melvin Janvier and family are very sadden to here of Tom’s passing.Melvin took care of him and took him Dairy Queen.they would garden together. They became best buddies. We all helped each other out. Love you Tom
    Love the Javiers

  • Tom and I dated back in high school. He loved to dance and sing especially the Irish tunes. His father always wanted to hear Danny Boy. Family, God, and friends always meant the world to him. Always a gentleman, I am pleased to read he had four children. My love to his family and friends.
    Kathleen Mathis