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Ioline Isabel Dempsey (Redding)

February 17, 1930 - February 21, 2014


Ioline passed away peacefully, shortly after her husband Wendell (Lew) had passed. She went in her sleep with friends at her side.

She was predeceased by her parents, Fredrick and Rosa Redding; her husband Wendell and her three sons, infant Patrick, Brian, and Robert; Her brothers Hubert, Clarence, Fred, and Ralph and her sisters Helen and Marie.


She is survived by her sisters Rose Green of Trail BC and Doreen Malinowski of West Vancouver BC;

grandson Michael Dempsey (Debbie) and great grand daughter Emily Dempsey of Victoria BC and grand daughter Sheri Miller(Stuart) and great grand daughter Samantha Miller and great grand son James Miller of Whitecourt Alberta, and 25 nieces and nephews.


Ioline was born in Turtleford Saskatchewan on February 17th 1930.She was one of five girls and four boys in the Redding Family.

The family moved to Grand Forks in 1932 where Ioline received her early schooling. In 1942 her family moved to Trail BC where she completed her school years. Her first job was in sales in a furniture store before she enrolled in a hairdressing school in Vancouver.

She met the love of her life, Lew Dempsey while in high school in Trail and went on to marry him in Prince Rupert on the 16th of July 1950 where he was stationed as a member of the BC Provincial Police. He became a member of the RCMP on 15th August 1950 as the RCMP took over the duties of the Provincial Force and soon after he was transferred to Cloverdale and it was there where their three sons were born.

Ioline was fun-loving, enjoyed dancing and travel which included cruising. Many of their summers were spent at Christina Lake where they took part in many Redding family functions. She loved to water ski and we had many laughs watching her perform.

As a Policeman’s wife in detachments with living quarters, she assisted Lew by preparing meals for prisoners, answering phones, and running the office when he was out, which she loved to do.

The RCMP was truly a great part of her life.

Ioline and Lew were true soul mates and it was fitting that she went to meet Lew and their boy’s when she did. She will always be remembered, loved and missed by her family and friends.








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Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Sandra Ludlow nee Reid
Relation: friend of Doreen and Rose

Dear Doreen, rose and families.
I was so sorry to read about the passing of your sister Loline, I know you are heart broken, and I just want you to know you are in my thoughts, and prayers, I hope that the passing of time brings you some peace, and the wonderful memories you have of your sister, sustain you through this difficult time,,, Loveof family and friends will carry you forward Love Sandra Ludlow ( nee Reid old b.c. tel pal )

From: Sharon
Relation: work

Rest well Ioline. I was lucky to be able to know you and Lew. Enjoy the next adventure.

From: Lisa Borsato
Relation: Neice

Aunt Iolene & Uncle Lew…together forever.. Rest in Peace

Lisa and Family xoxox

From: Marie Paterson
Relation: Friends of Family

Dear Tamae, Sheri, Michael and families,

We recently learned about the passing of Ioline and Lew from their obituaries in the Times Colonist. Although we did not know your in-laws, grandparents and great-grandparents well we did enjoy their company at a few special family gatherings. On their own Ioline and Lew both lead an active and fulfilling life; however, their lives together could be written up as a true love story. May we all be so blessed as to end our life stores with our partners.

May your many happy memories be a source of comfort to you now.

Our heartfelt condolences for your loss,

Auntie Barb, Gordie, Marie and Graeme

From: Bill Klassen
Relation: A Friend

Everyone who knew Ioline knows how kind she was. I’d like to share an example of that kindness. When i was a young constable just out of training I was stationed with then Cpl. Lew Dempsey at Sooke, B.C. One day one of the Butler Bros. logging truck drivers picked up an old man wandering up one of the more remote logging roads and the company office called the detachment, so I went out to pick him up. It was late in the day and I didn’t know what to do and Lew and Dan Stene, the other constable, were away. When I got back to the detachment office with this man (who I know now was exhibiting some form of dementia) I told Ioline about him. She made him (and me) some supper and talked patiently with him until he told her where he lived on Kangaroo Road. Then she told me to take him home and she called Social Services about him. I think I learned almost as much from her about being a peace officer as I did from Lew.
God bless you, Ioline.

From: Malcolm Matheson
Relation: friend

The importance of Ioline’s role as a policeman’s wife on the one officer detachment at Sooke B.C. I can appreciate. My uncle with my aunt served at Sooke as a B.C. Provincial Police constable on the one man detachment. It was really a two person detachment as the wife served as the second member performing a wide range of duties as did Ioline with great aplomb and grace.

From: Sonja Ganton (nee:Wickheim)
Relation: Family friend

I have so many wonderful memories of “Uncle” Lew and “Auntie” Ioline. From Ft. Steele with Dempsey Srs., to Christina Lake on the way home from the logging shows, to Ioline “doing” my hair in Richmond, to the many get-togethers at my parents home in Shawnigan Lake, to visiting them as they enjoyed retirement at Balfour and Castlegar and shared stories with my family. Uncle Lew was the definition of a true gentleman and I will forever hear Auntie Ioline’s laugh as she talked about “that Lewie”. Rest in Peace.

From: Harold Almrud
Relation: Friend

A Good man such as Lew Dempsey comes along ONLY once in a great while like a comet, never the likes to be seen again. One look at his pleasant and kindly countenance you would have to know he was considerate of the lives and careers of those he was a leader.
GOD bless the souls of Lew and Ioline

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Date & Time:
April 11, 2014
Beginning at 11:00am

Cathedral of Mary Immaculate
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