Vernon Harold Dempsey of Stettler, Alta. passed away on Sun. May 14, 2023, at the age of 90 years.
Vern was born in Cabri, Sask. on April 24, 1933 to Robert and Dora Dempsey. He was the second of four children (Hugh, Evelyn and Floyd).
In the fall of 1949, Vern started Barber School in Regina, he was just 16 years old. After completing Barber School, he moved to Consort, Alta. where he met his first love, Mae, at a local dance. They were married in Stettler, Alta. on May 20, 1953 where they raised their family. They were together for 57 years until Mae’s passing on Oct. 10, 2009.
In 2017, Vern celebrated 65 years of barbering and was awarded the Heritage Award at the Stettler Awards gala. He continued working until his retirement in October 2019.
Throughout his life, Vern enjoyed antique cars, dancing, and old-time music. He also had a passion for heavy horses and competed in pulling contests with his Belgians, Jim and Judy. Over the years, he was often awarded for his horsemanship and was the president of the light horse association of Botha.
In 2010, Vern started dating his long-time friend, Barb Jamieson, and on July 23, 2012, he was thrilled to marry the second love of his life. Vern and Barb did some travelling and enjoyed dancing, wagon treks and attending dinner theatre.
On May 16, 2021 Vern suffered a major stroke and was moved to Heritage House where he lived out his remaining days.
Vern is survived by his loving wife, Barb Jamieson; his sister, Evelyn (Dale) Kroeger; his brother, Floyd (Val) Dempsey; his three daughters: Lynn Dempsey, Verna (Albert) Pakay, and Jo-Ann Dempsey; his two sons: Bruce (Laureen) Dempsey and Lee Dempsey (predeceased in 1984), as well as his three grandchildren: Cory Ingram, Rique Dempsey and Cole Dempsey, all of whom Vern adored.
Funeral services will be held Sat. May 27, 2023 at 1 p.m. at the Stettler Funeral Home 4707 – 70th Street, Stettler, Alta.
Memorial donations may be made to the Alberta Cancer Foundation. Condolences may be sent to the family, please visit www.stettlerfuneralhome.com.
Stettler Funeral Home & Crematorium entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements 403-742-3342.