Joe Dempsey Sails Away


Joseph Bernard Dempsey, Jr., 76, of Providence, passed away on Tuesday, December 19, 2023. Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Joseph B. Dempsey, Sr. and Florence I. (Radican) Dempsey.
Joseph graduated from St. Edward School and later attended LaSalle Academy. He graduated from North Providence High School and went on to work as a General Contractor in the Construction Industry for most of his life. Joseph was the founder of the Providence Riverboat Company and was affectionately known to all as “Captain Joe”. He especially enjoyed playing the washtub bass.

He is survived by his beloved children, Benjamin and John Dempsey, his former wife, Marybeth, his brother, James, his sister, Mary, and seven grandchildren.

Joseph was predeceased by his brothers, Michael and John.

His Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, December 23, 2023 at 11:00AM at THE URQUHART-MURPHY FUNERAL HOME, 800 Greenwich Avenue, Warwick. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9:00AM-11:00AM.

Len Cabral, storyteller, wrote:  More than just a tough Irish Kid, Joe Dempsey was generous, kind, funny as shit, and give you a nickname that would stick for a lifetime. Joe was a big part of Providence Inner City Art’s Florentine Faire. From hitting home runs in the North Providence Little League to playing right field for the Met Cafe in a dress. While making friends every step of the way. Captain Joe has sailed into the mist. He will be missed but always remembered. May he Rest in Peace.
Lee Clasper Torch:  We always enjoyed Joe’s spirit and his wonderfully unique, understated character.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to HopeHealth Hospice & Palliative Care, 1085 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02904.