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 Timothy “Father Tim” Dempsey

Timothy “Father Tim” Dempsey

Birth
Cadamstown, County Offaly, Ireland
Death 6 Apr 1936 (aged 68)
Lincoln County, Missouri, USA
Burial Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
Plot Section 15, lot 1232, Exiles Rest area, Grave is unmarked, as are all in the Exiles Rest area
Memorial ID 23211 · View Source
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Roman Catholic Monsignor. He was ordained a priest in 1891 to serve in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, Missouri. He became known for working with less fortunate men. He opened a hotel in 1906 for working men, another in 1911 for working women and in 1922 he opened a home for working African American workers. During the Great Depression he operated "Father Tim's Free Lunch Room." He became well-known for mediating labor disputes and it is believed that he intervened in at least 50 strikes. He established the White Cross Crusade in 1922 which provided food for children and supplies for their parents. In 1909 he purchased a large section of ground in Calvary Cemetery and named it "Exiles Rest" after his first hotel in order that the "boys" who had no families could be buried in consecrated ground. When he died, he was buried with 226 of his "boys." His charities still exist today.

Bio by: Connie Nisinger


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 23 Jul 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 23211
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Timothy “Father Tim” Dempsey (21 Oct 1867–6 Apr 1936), Find A Grave Memorial no. 23211, citing Calvary Cemetery and Mausoleum, Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .