Mrs. Barbara A. (Tighe) Demsey

  • Born: August 30, 1941
  • Died: June 27, 2019
  • Location: Brentwood, New Hampshire

Peterson-O'Donnell Funeral Home

Peterson-O'Donnell Funeral Home
167 Maple Street, Danvers, MA 01923
Tel. (978) 774-6600

Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

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BRENTWOOD, N.H. – Mrs. Barbara (Tighe) Demsey, 77, of Brentwood, N.H., formerly of Danvers, beloved wife of the late C. Wayne Demsey Jr., died Thursday, June 27, 2019 following a brief illness.

Born in Peabody, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Margaret M. (Buckley) Tighe. She was raised and educated in Peabody and was a graduate of St. John's High School Class of 1959. She continued her education at Katherine Gibbs School in Boston, earning her degree.

Mrs. Demsey had been employed for many years as an office manager and administrative professional. She worked for the General Electric Company and most recently for the Commonwealth Corporation in Boston. She retired in the early 2000's

A loving wife, mother and grandmother, Barbara was deeply devoted to her family, her friends and her community. She volunteered her time as an educator of English as a second language. She was an avid traveler and made many friends through her life. She was a member of the First Church of Danvers, Congregational for many years and was an avid reader and loved to garden. She had a passion for music and theatre and enjoyed seeing her beloved husband perform. Often asked what instrument she played, her smiling response would be, "I play the radio." She was an expert baker and cook, and could always be counted on to appear with delicious treats or a hearty meal for family and friends. Her memory will be eternal and she will be deeply missed.

Barbara is survived by her son, James Demsey and his wife Corinne of Salem, her daughter, Suzanne Weeks and her husband Frank of Brentwood, N.H., her grandchildren, Mary Olivia, Andrew Wayne and Rory Elizabeth and many nieces, nephews and dear cousins all of whom she adored. She was the sister of the late Philip Tighe.

ARRANGEMENTS: Her funeral service will be held in the First Church of Danvers, Congregational, 41 Centre St., Danvers, Tuesday, July 2nd at 11 A.M. Relatives and friends invited. Burial in North Beverly Cemetery. Visiting hours in the Peterson-O'Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St., (rte 62) Danvers, Monday, July 1st from 4 to 7 P.M. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Barbara's name to the James Moody Jazz Scholarship for New Jersey ( or to To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit


Condolence & Memory Journal

I was so sad today to hear of Mrs. Demsey's passing. I have fond memories of going to her house as a child to play with Suzi. I can remember sneaking up to Suzi's room so we wouldn't disturb the music lesson Mr. Demsey was giving. Mrs. Demsey was always so kind and had a sweet smile. More recently, it was nice to see her at events at the First Church and get an update on Suzi and her children. My deepest condolences on your loss.

Posted by Shannon Simpson Chan - Danvers, MA - Friend   July 01, 2019

I am so sad to hear that Mrs. Demsey is no longer with us. I will remember her at Suzanne's wedding and how happy she was, how she loved her grandchildren and talked about them ALL THE TIME! She was such a proud mother and grandmother. I loved spending time with her. My last interaction was her buying Girl Scout cookies from Grace since she knows how important it is to me. She always used to ask about who I was dating and boyfriend updates and she would give wonderful advice. But my FAVORITE memory was when we all went to the Tom Jones. We have a blast and I will always remember her having fun and dancing. We were so silly that night. She was so much fun and so caring. I will miss her a lot. Hugs to Jim. Corinne, Mary, Frank, Andrew, Rory and Suzanne. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help. I love you guys so much and so sad she is gone. xo Lauren Lindsay

Posted by Lauren Lindsay - Houstonn, TX - Family Friend   June 30, 2019

I am so sad to hear of her passing . She will be missed.

Posted by Diane Lewis - Danvers, MA - Friend   June 29, 2019

My heart is heavy in learning of her passing. She meant so much to myself and my children, My son Jacob would refuse to eat all snicker doodle cookies offered as they were never as good as Barbara's . I was thrilled to see her just a month ago when she came with Mary to my 50th birthday party. I let her know how much she meant to me and how much a better person I am because of her . She is now reunited with Wayne. Till we meet again

Posted by Melissa Wasserman - Beverly, MA - Friend   June 28, 2019

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