Arthur "Elk" D. Dempsey Jr.

December 28, 1929April 10, 2021

Arthur “Elk” D. Dempsey, Jr. of Keene died on April 10th at the age of 91.

He was born in Brooklyn, NY on December 28th, 1929 to Arthur D. Dempsey, Sr. and Eleanor F. Dempsey (Leavey). He served in the Navy during the Korean War and later graduated from Columbia University’s School of Engineering with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He worked in sales in the Boston area, cofounding Digital Sales Associates. Later in life he worked as a Life Coach in Keene and enjoyed running in Ashuelot Park and volunteering at the Colonial Theatre.

Elk was physically fit, smart, and independent. In his later years, you may have seen him walking around town, or perhaps had a conversation with him at a local restaurant. Thank you, Keene, for helping Elk to lead his best life possible. Up until the last few months of his life, he was able to live independently, in large part due to a community that cared for him in a myriad of ways.

Elk is survived by daughters Cathy, Anne Swinton, and Jareka Dellenbaugh-Dempsey, grandchildren Russell Swinton, Matthew Swinton, Sarah, and Hannah, and ex-wife Caro Dellenbaugh. He is predeceased by his parents, sisters Frances Hudson and Lillian Meyer, ex-wife Gayle, and an infant son, Fred.

There will be no services at this time.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Sierra Club (


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Arthur "Elk" D. Dempsey Jr.

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Eloise Clark

April 26, 2021

I have such fond memories of conversations with Elk. His bright blue eyes reflected a keen intellect. He showed a vast interest in so many topics one never knew where the conversation would lead. But it was always a rich one! I’m so glad Jerika and Sky were such good friends as youngsters. I really enjoyed your whole family.

I am sorry for your loss. Take comfort in knowing Elk lived a long, full life. He made meaningful contact with many.

Take care, Eloise Clark

Todd Niemi

April 25, 2021

I had some very enjoyable and interesting conversations with Elk at the Keene Public Library. I'm sorry I will no longer see him there. I will miss him! My condolences to all of his family. May you be comforted and strengthened during this difficult time. With sympathy and best wishes, Todd Niemi

Jane Swain

April 17, 2021

We met Elk as a fellow parent in the Monadnock Waldorf School. Over the years, we remember many interesting and thoughtful conversations with him. Rest in peace, Elk.
Jane and Roy Swain