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SOUTH HAMILTON - Russell Mason Dempsey passed away peacefully October 6, 2017.
Born in Boston, May 10, 1931, he was the son of Richard Arthur and Mary Mason Dempsey. He lived and went to school in Dorchester, Quincy and finally Lynn where Russell resided the remainder of his childhood. Russell spent many years as a Boy Scout. At Lynn English High school he participated in track and was a graduate of class 1948. He attended North Eastern University in 1948-49. Russell began working for General Electric in 1951 where his father worked. In 1952 he enlisted in the Army. He was appointed the position of Army Security Agent during the Korean War and spent 2 years overseas in Kyoto, Japan and traveling to Okinawa and the Philippines.
When Russell returned from Japan, he reunited with his sweetheart, Marion. Russell and Marion married on September 18, 1955. They lived in Beverly for two years and then settled in Hamilton where they raised three children and were blessed with 62 years together.
After the army, Russell returned to work at General Electric. Russell furthered his education at North Eastern University, Lincoln College where he earned an Associate in Science in Chemistry Degree with Highest Honors in 1965. In 1969 he earned a BS in Industrial Technology at Northeastern. His perseverance did not go unnoticed. During his 38 years with GE Russell was awarded 20 patents for various inventions. In 1987 he was recognized with a Managerial Award for his contribution to the Aircraft Instrument Department.
River Works, Thomson Lab, Lynn moved to GE Wilmington and with this move Russell's career shifted to the Direct Energy Conversion Department as a Manufacturing Engineer with Electro Chemical Research and Development. In 1989 GE Wilmington was sold to Ametek Aerospace Division. Russell continued his work at Ametek with aircrafts and specializing in metals. Russ retired as the Manager of Materials and Processing Laboratory three years later.
Russ continued to work as a consultant on Sea Wolf submarines. In 2003 Russell was contacted by DeAngelis Iron Work, Inc. to do restoration work on Boston's State House. His final career accomplishment was to advise and help preserve historic metal railings, gates, light fixtures and 12 column capitals at and around the State House.
Russell was a very rounded individual. As a child he spent many Summers in Nova Scotia where his family had a home. He worked with his grandfather helping with his blacksmith business. Russell would tackle any project. None were too complex, and many projects became pastimes. Russell loved tinkering in his workshop. In his younger days he umpired for his boy's baseball games. He was a member of GE Old Timers Association. He enjoyed many European, Florida and Princess Cruises with his wife Marion. Russ also loved golfing with his sons, bowling, reading books and bridge with friends. He was even a bit artistic.
Russell is survived by his loving children, William Dempsey and his wife Kathleen of Foxboro, Robert Dempsey and his fiancé, Barbara of Danvers, and daughter Elizabeth Coyne and her husband, Matthew of Beverly; two grandchildren, James Dempsey and his wife, Kristyn, of Washington, D.C. and Griffin Coyne of Beverly. Russ was predeceased by his wife, Marion, parents, Richard and Mary Dempsey, brother, Richard (Dick) Dempsey, nephew, Brian Dempsey and daughter-in-law, Kathleen E. Dempsey.
Arrangements by the Campbell Funeral Home 525 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA 01915. A private burial will held in December. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his name to Care Dimensions 75 Sylvan Street Danvers MA 01923 Information, directions, condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com.
Published on December 15, 2017
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