October 2, 1993 was the date selected for the dedication ceremony of the Walter J. Dempsey Memorial Bandstand on the Town Common. Walter was a member of the Board of Selectmen for over 35 years and was instrumental in obtaining funds for the Town’s road, water and sewer systems, its electric plant and its public building. He personally negotiated the acquisition of the Ellis Pond and Endean Pond conservation areas and championed the
construction of parks and playgrounds throughout the Town.
Festivities were planned from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Former Selectman Joseph F. Curran was again called upon to
be Master of Ceremonies.
Walter J. Dempsey
Saturday, October 2, 1993
11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
The Walter J. Dempsey Memorial Bandstand Committee
Carillon Concert from Memorial Tower
Sally Slade Warner, Carillonneur
Sharon Community Band, Sharon, Massachusetts
Jimbo the Clown
Norwood High School Mustang Marching Band
Thomas Lizotte, Director
Master of Ceremonies Invocation
Joseph F. Curran
Very Reverend Nifon Abraham, St. George’s Orthodox Church
Gary M. Lee, Chairman, Board of Selectmen Members of the Board of Selectmen
Senator William Keating
Representative John Rogers
William P. O’Donnell, County Commissioner
Robert A. Dempsey for the Dempsey Family
The Madrigal Singers – Norwood High School
John Weiss, Director
United States Air Force Band of Liberty
Tim Quinn & Tara Hill
Academy of Dance Arts
Traditional & Contemporary Dance
Baystatesmen Barbershop Chorus
Traditional Barbershop Songs
Songs from the Senior Set
South Norwood Portuguese Dancers
Portuguese Folk Dancing
For Cryin’ Out Loud
Classic Rock and Top 40 Music
The Westwood Community Swing Band, Westwood, Mass.
Big Band Swing Music
Colonial Boys of Norwood
Fife and Drum
WALTER J.. DEMPSEY
Born in Norwood, MA. November 19, 1915, died November 2, 1988.
Husband of Eleanor (Carlson) and father of Peter and Robert. Grandfather of Kimberly, Kristen, Jamie, Kate and Patrick.
Public Service As a member of the Board of Selectmen for over 35 years, Walter Dempsey was instrumental in obtaining funds for the Town’s road, water and sewer systems, its electric plant and its public buildings.
He personally negotiated the acquisition of the Ellis Pond and Endean Pond conservation areas and championed the construction of parks and playgrounds throughout the town. He also worked effectively to attract business to the community and to build a stable tax base.
Personal– In his Rolls Royce, Walter chauffeured over 500 brides to their weddings and he personally handed out thousands of balloons to youngsters at parades and events such as today’s dedication of the Bandstand.
Walter Dempsey grew up with an appreciation for band music. His father had played in the Ross Carberry Town Band in Ireland. When Walter was young, he became familiar with the band music that his father played on the family gramophone.
Later, Walter’s enthusiasm for band music led him to champion the Norwood High School music program, the local concert programs and the carillon concerts. On one occasion, he traveled with the High School Band to Europe and he also traveled with the band on trips within this country. At one time, he used his Rolls Royce to chauffeur famous conductor, Arthur Fiedler, to Norwood to make a guest appearance. The summer concert programs at the Town Hall were among his favorite events because they combined music with social interaction that brought the community together.
Each new civic improvement brings a new opportunity to connect the past to the present in ways to bring greater meaning to the future. By dedicating this bandstand to the memory of Walter Dempsey’s service to our community, we are helping to preserve the asset of his example in a way that encourages community participation and takes advantage of and enhances the joy of music.
The following is a list of those who volunteered their services to build the bandstand: