John Hampton Dempster

May 10, 1968May 10, 2018

John Hampton Dempster died on Thursday, May 10, 2018, his 50th birthday, after a hard-fought battle with complications from recent surgery.

John was born in Winston-Salem, N.C. on May 10, 1968 to Bonnie M. and Joseph B. Dempster. After graduating from Forsyth Country Day School, he received his B.A. in Economics from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Following a career in banking, John earned his Masters Degree in Computer Science Engineering from N. C. State University. From there, John embarked on a distinguished career in computer architecture and analytics, working for several well-known local, national and international companies, most recently as Group Manager, Analytics Architecture with Avanade, an international consulting firm.

John was also very engaged with his community. John was involved with Troup 395 of the Occoneechee Council of the Boy Scouts of America, serving as Committee Chair and dedicated father and volunteer. He was also a faithful member of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, where he served on the Vestry, as a member of the Board of Directors of the Day School, as Head Usher, and as general servant-volunteer for any and all other jobs that needed doing.

More than anything else, John was a devoted family man and trusted friend to many. John’s family and his friends always came first. He was the first person to help, and the last friend you would ever need. In addition to his parents, John leaves behind his wife, Lyne Hoskins Dempster and two children, John Hampton Dempster, Jr. (“Hamp”) and Virginia Lyne Dempster (“Ginny”). His family was the true love of his life and he was so proud of them and everything they did. John is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Joseph B. Dempster, Jr. and Elizabeth J. Dempster and their children, Joseph, III (“Jack”) and Kathryn (“Kate”); by his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Sarah H. Boone and Alex Boone and their children, Sarah P. Boone (“Sallie”) and Hayden A. Boone; and by his mother and father-in-law, Anne W. and William Hoskins. John also leaves behind an army of good friends who will miss him terribly.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, May 14 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church. A visitation will follow in the church parish hall.

At John’s request and in lieu of flowers, a remembrance may be made in his name to St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 1520 Canterbury Rd., Raleigh, NC 27608.

Arrangements by Brown-Wynne, Saint Mary's St., Raleigh, NC.


  • Memorial Service with a visitation to follow Monday, May 14, 2018

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Derrick Cole

May 18, 2018

John and I met in June of 2011, when I started a new job (a new life, actually, having had cause to professionally reinvent myself). From the first handshake, I knew John was the person his subsequent actions, demeanor, support, and abject friendship both in and out of the office demonstrated. There was never too stupid a question or frustrating a situation that John wouldn't handle without unwavering patience and genuine care and concern. In the few years we worked together, he taught me a lot, not just about this technology or that data model or why implement something this way vs. that way, but how to deal with life's general ups and downs. He may not have been aware of the effect he had on me (and others), and I may not have always said thank you, but I will never forget my experience of walking the same path with him for a time.

paula montgomery

May 14, 2018

I am so terribly sorry for your loss. He was an outstanding colleague, with excellent technical skills, which paled in comparison to the patience he used with the team he was mentoring. He genuinely wanted to do anything to help our clients and our team. May God give you strength for the journey...till you are all together again.

Warm Regards,

Doug Heilig

May 14, 2018

I was so sorry to hear of John's passing. I was a fraternity brother of John's and got to see him from time to time at UNC football games. The beauty of John is he was the same as he ever was. For those that knew him try and think of a time he had an unkind word to say about anyone. Try to remember a time you needed help and he didn't offer it. Now try and remember a time when you were talking to him and got the impression that he wanted to be anywhere else but there talking to you. Can you do it? I can't either. I had the pleasure of meeting Hamp and I'll take solace in the fact that John's kindness and good nature live on. My condolences to Lyne, the kids, John's immediate family, and his many friends.

Tammy Hunsucker

May 11, 2018

It was a pleasure to have known John. In all my interactions with him through St. Michael's, he was a wonderful person. My prayers go out to all of his family and friends. He was a very well respected and loved individual.

Debbie Chafin

May 11, 2018

I am sorry to hear of Mr. Dempster's passing. Prayers to his children who I taught at Martin Middle School.