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Wendell Llewellyn (Lew) Dempsey

September 20, 1928 - February 20, 2014


Lew Passed away in Nelson B.C. peacefully, with his love of his life Ioline near, and friends at his side.


He was predeceased by his father Wendell and his mother Emma and his three sons, Patrick, Brian, and Robert.


He is survived by his grandson Michael Dempsey (Debbie) and great grand daughter Emily Dempsey of Victoria B.C. and his granddaughter Sheri Miller (Stuart) and great grand daughter Samantha Miller and great grand son James Miller of Whitecourt Alberta, and 25 nieces and nephews


Lew was born in Norwood Colorado and his parents Wendell and Emma were Canadians and soon after Lew’s birth they moved back to Canada to Neville, Sask.  Shortly thereafter they moved to the Kootenay area of BC.While living in the Castlegar/Trail area he met his wife to be Ioline Redding.

On 5th October 1946 Lew joined the Army of the United States as a Military Police Officer and was sent to occupy Japan. He left the service on 13 Feb.48

On the 5th June 1950 Lew joined the BC Prov. Police and was posted to Prince Rupert and on the 16th of July 1950 he married Ioline Redding in Prince Rupert.

On the 15 Aug.50 the RCMP took over the Provincial Force and Lew became a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Lew was transferred to the Cloverdale Detachment, a move the Dempsey’s thoroughly enjoyed. Their three sons, Patrick, Brian and Robert were born there.

In 1961 Lew was promoted to Cpl. and transferred to Sooke Detachment as o/i/c .Lew and Ioline became an integral part of the community and both remain Icons in the area to this day.

Lews policing skill were soon recognized and in Sept 67 he was promoted to i/c of the General Investigation Section in Victoria Sub.Div. where all his friends will remember (“A Number 1 Dipsey Doodle”). In 73 he was promoted to S/Sgt. and sent to Vancouver and was a member of C.L.E.U. from 74-83 .He was given his commission to Inspector on May 1st 1975 and he ended his RCMP service as 2/OC Nelson Sub.Div on June 4th 1985. At that time Lew was the last serving member of the former BC Provincial Police.

After retirement he served with the BC Police Commission and the BC Gaming Commission where his police skills proved extremely valuable during Expo 86.

    The Dempsey’s enjoyed summer vacations at Christina Lake with family and friends for many years.

   Ioline was a source of great strength and support for Lew and was known as Sgt. Dempsey during their time in Sooke as she ran the office, answering phones, feeding prisoners and ran the operation when the boys were on the road.

He retired to a lakeside home in Balfour BC until 2013 when his and Ioline’s health started to fail and they moved to a retirement home in Castlegar until their final move to Mountain Lakes seniors home in Nelson.

  Ioline passed away 12 hrs after Lew which was fitting as they were so close to each other and they headed off to join their boys together.

   LEW DEMPSEY was a natural born leader who exhibited all the virtues implied in the role. He was the epitome of a “MOUNTIE”. Both he and Ioline will be well remembered and deeply missed






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From: William Lee
Relation: Relationship - How did you know the deceased?

Lew has been a friend of mom and dad (Betty and Harry Lee) since the early 50’s in Vancouver. As a young child I woke up to a few mornings to find Lew and few others sleeping on the living room floor after a few spirits throughout the evening. Lew enjoyed Chinese Food and shared many dinners with mom and dad in Vancouver Chinatown. Lew introduced dad to the Coast Marksman Club resulting in the acquisition of several Firearms and weekly practice. in 1972 mom and dad opened the King Wah Restaurant in Richmond. Lew and his buddies attended numerous Hawaiian Dinner and Dance nights wearing a Grass skirt one time. Lew was always in contact with mom and dad and showed up for dad’s service on Aug.25,1992 and took possession of dad’s firearms. As I continued to stay in contact, Lew convinced me to get my PAL and returned all the firearms in 2010 which I have enjoyed at the Range. Both Lew and Ioline will be dearly missed but probably having a Chinese dinner with mom and dad! God Bless

From: Sharon
Relation: Work

Rest with your lovely wife. I always admired your love for each other and calm way.

From: Hank Huibers, B.A., LL.B
Relation: work

It was a privilege being stationed with Lew (and Ioline) in Sooke (1966). Lew was a great role model. To this day our family still uses the expression “A #1 dipsy-doodle”.

From: Bill Bresser, Victoria BC
Relation: Former boss

In late 1979!I was transferred with the RCMP from Alberta to work in the Coordinated Law Enforcement Unit in Vancouver. Lew was my boss for the next four years. I found Lew to be a knowledgeable law enforcement officer and a gentleman who you wanted to work to the best of your ability for. Of my many supervisors, in and out of the Force I had, Lew remains a standout…Rest in peace Lew.

From: Lisa Borsato
Relation: Neice

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

Lisa and Family xoxox

From: Bill Klassen
Relation: My NCO and Mentor

Lew was the NCO i/c at Sooke Detachment when I arrived there in December 1964 fresh out of training in Regina. He was and remains the finest peace officer I ever encountered. He was a mentor to me long before I knew the meaning of the word. May he enjoy his reward.

From: Malcolm Matheson
Relation: former colleague

I had the good fortune of working with Lew when he was in charge of the intelligence unit if C.L.E.U. and later at the B.C. Police Commission. He was highly regarded in both postings and had a reputation second to none.

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: Barry Ross
Relation: former boss

Lew was my boss on two different times in the RCMP.. a true gentleman
and very thoughtful person to all.. he and Ioline (Charlie) were a
special couple. to you both. rest in peace.

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

Cathedral of Mary Immaculate
813 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L 1T3

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Nelson, BC Canada V1L 1T3

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