Reverend Ronald Wesley Dempsey

March 19, 1928March 14, 2013

Dempsey, Rev. Ronald W. - It is with loving hearts, that we announce the death of Ronald W. Dempsey (in his 85th year), on March 14, 2013 in Halifax, N.S. Born in Moncton, N.B., he was the third son of Wesley J. and Queen (Manderson)Dempsey, deceased, as are brothers,Jack, Lloyd and Allison. He is survived by his wife, Joan (Randall), formerly of Moncton and their children, Wendy (John B.) Trimingham, Bermuda, Anne (James) Rodger, Fall River, N.S., Mark Dempsey (Karen Brown), Halifax, N.S., Marion (Peter) Gillespie, Hammonds Plains, N.S., grandchildren, Katie Trimingham, Jeff and Ryan San Angelo, Nathan Rodger, Matthew and Rachael Dempsey and Liam and Hannah Gillespie; siblings Fred Dempsey, Vernon B.C., Queenie (James) MacKeigan, Riverview N.B., Betty(Donald) Rhodes, Hagerstown, MD., USA. As a youth Ron lived in Moncton where his family attended Wesley Memorial United Church. Ron was very active in many aspects of church life, choir and youth groups, which inspired him to devote his life to his faith in God and the United Church of Canada. Ron graduated from Mount Alison University in 1955 and Pine Hill Divinity Hall in Halifax and was ordained by The Maritime Conference of The United Church of Canada, June 1957.He was lifetime President,1955, of both his Mt. A and Pine Hill classes. He served Student Mission Fields in Saskatchewan and N.B. and after ordination the following Pastoral Charges: Clyde River LaTour, N.S., Central Circuit, Bermuda, Port Hawkesbury and Port Hastings, N.S.,St. Andrew's United, Truro, N.S., Woodlawn United, Dartmouth, N.S., St. Stephen and St. Paul United, Kentville, N.S., in Retirement: St. John's United, Middleton, N.S. During his Pastoral Ministry he actively supported the building of two church halls and St. Mark's United Church in Port Hawkesbury. For seven years he was Field Secretary for Evangelism, Social Action and Stewardship for The Maritime Conference Office, Sackville, N.B. Ron was elected a Commissioner to The General Council on four occasions and attended and served the Council on The Division of Mission in Canada, The Department of Stewardship Services and the Division of Finance. At the Conference level he was active on many committees and task forces and chaired three Presbyteries: Inverness/Guysborough, Truro and The Bermuda Synod and also served on divisions and committees of all Presbyteries to which he was attached. He was a member on a number of committees and boards in the communities he served, notably: The Pine Hill Board of Governors, The Board of Directors of Windsor Elms. Ron was active in Ministerial Associations and in Ecumenical gatherings in all areas in which he lived. He established Cub and Boy Scout Programs on the Clyde-La Tour Charge and in Smith's Parish, Bermuda. His remains will be buried in Tatamagouche, N.S., at a later date where Ron, Joan and family enjoyed their cottage for 44 years. A memorial service will be held in Woodlawn United Church, Dartmouth, N.S., on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 2 pm with longtime friends and colleagues, Rev. James Fraser and Rev. Dr. Robert Mills presiding. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to The QEII Health Center Foundation, Palliative and Therapeutic Harmonization Fund. (T858) C/O The Rev. Ronald W. Dempsey. (902-473-7932). On line condolences may be viewed or sent to

Ron shares his faith leaving a text for all:

Nahun 1:7 "The Lord is good, a strong hold

in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them

that trust in him." KJV


  • Memorial Service Thursday, March 21, 2013

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Sandra Outerbridge

April 15, 2013

Dear Mrs Dempsey and family, We heard about Rev. Dempsey passing and along with my family and Mrs. Dorothy Land and the Collectors Hills church. We all have fond memories of Ron and yourself and your lives in Bermuda. We all wish to be remember to you during this very sad time. My Aunt Elizabeth (Frank) Maddern also sends their deepest condolences in the passing of Ron. We didnt have an address or phone number but would love to get in contact with you.
Sandra Outerbridge

Ronald Wesley Outerbridge

April 3, 2013

Dear Joan. You are in our extended family's thoughts. Your family has been intertwined with ours over the years. From our connections at Mount A, to Bermuda and later Nova Scotia. Ron will always be very special to me - he baptized me, I was named after him and he married me. We are saddened for your loss and you are in our prayers.

Dave Van Zoost

March 30, 2013

Dear Joan and family. Most of my fond memories of Ron come from my Dad's stories about what a prince of a man Ron was all his life. I knew Ron from meeting a few times, some of those on the "famous" hunting trips.My thoughts and prayers have been with you these past few weeks and I shall remember Ron. Love, Dave Van Zoost

Bonnie Morine

March 30, 2013

Dear Joan and Family,

Many thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. What an important influence he was and what a privilege it was for me to have had Rev. Dempsey as my minister while growing up in Port Hawkesbury. I also often think of the time spent living at your home with three other students while I was attending Teacher's College in Truro. I can still hear "Rev. D" whistling and singing as he walked to his home from the church. It was wonderful to hear his message and to see all of you again during your time in Middleton. Rev. D was vibrantly dedicated to all in his ministry and to his family. My dad, Eric, also wishes to send his condolences. He fondly remembers the fishing and hunting trips with Ron. and working on the building of the church in Port Hawkesbury. A special and wonderful man in so many ways and he will always be remembered,
Bonnie Morine,
Middleton, NS

Wendy MacDonald

March 23, 2013

Dear Joan and Family: How saddened I was to read of Ron's passing. What a man! His spirit, his vibrant personality, his love for ALL, his fast-paced attitude, his sermons, OH his I loved to listen to him. He was so inspiring. I remember once how he started a sermon, "smile and give your frown a rest" and then such a long pause. Always made one think. I remember the days when he came to Port Hawkesbury at Zion Robertson United and was so instrumental in the building of our beautiful St. Mark's United...I remember my mom (Dorothy MacDonald)(we lived in Funeral Hme on Pitt St.) coming home saying "what a man, he volunteers everyone to do a job" with laughter. If anyone had an impact on my life it was him. I remember his fast walk down the aisle of church on a mission, his smile, his sincerity, his love for all. I remember him at Woodlawn United and I was so thrilled he was the Minister there after having as our Minister in PH. I last saw him at the burning of mortgage in PH. I am sorry that I was not able to attend his Memorial. He will live forever in my heart and mind and in the minds of all who were lucky enough to have known him. You and your family were so fortunate to have had him. My deepest thoughts of sympathy and condolences to all of you at this very sad time.

Janet Sollows (Dillman)

March 21, 2013

Joan and family: My sympathies to all of you. I remember the summer that Ron and Anne stayed at our house on Wanda Lane. I got home from work one day and Ron had cooked supper for Anne and I - Lipton's chicken noodle soup with weiners cut up in it. Anne asked where he got that idea and he replied that it was on the box. Anne's reply was "Most people would read that and say 'ewww' but Dad would have to try it." I always thought that story summarized so much about Ron - he would try anything and was game for anything. As a leader, he was not afraid to risk.

Barbara MacBeth

March 21, 2013

Dear Joan and family,
You are very much in my thoughts and prayers at this time. Many fond memories of your family.

March 21, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this very sad time.Ron was a wonderful and compassionate minister. We have fond memories of his time at St Mark's in Port Hawkesbury as well as at Woodlawn United.
Bill Mckee and Pat (McKee) Kent

Janice (MacDonald) Frame

March 21, 2013

Joan and family, please accept my deepest sympathies at this sad time. I have always appreciated Ron's warmth, and welcomed his memories of our years at Brule Point whenever we ran into each other. Know that you are not alone in your sorrow... many of us are grieving today.

Deb Ballinger-Mills

March 21, 2013

To Joan,Wendy, Anne, Mark, Marion and all the family. Very much thinking of you and remembering our 'Uncle Ron' with love and sadness. He experienced, expressed and shared life so passionately. His generous, loving, let's-do-it spirit was infectious and inspiring. And always with that great sense of humour firmly in tact. That light will never be extinguished in the lives of those who knew and loved him.