Dr. John F. Dineen
Tuesday 4th of February 1947 - Friday 19th of June 2020
Cathedral of Christ the King
299 Colony Blvd., Lexington, KY
John F. Dineen, 73, died on June 19th, 2020 at home surrounded by his family and loved ones. John was born in Cork, Ireland in 1947, to William and Margaret Dineen. His early years were spent on the family farms and helping in his family’s butcher shop. John was an excellent student; he attended University College Cork (UCC) for medical school and completed an internship in Ireland. He then moved to the United States in 1972. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Georgetown University and Pulmonary Medicine fellowship at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
In what would be a defining moment for him, John met Mary Lou Chaney while working at Georgetown. They were married in 1974 at St. Rita’s Church in Alexandria, VA. John was a dedicated husband and their love for one another would serve as an example to their children in the future.
Following their marriage, John and Mary moved to Morehead, KY where John practiced for six years and acquired many lasting friends and colleagues. He went on to join the pulmonary group at the Lexington Clinic where he cared for patients for over 35 years. He established an excellent professional reputation and his patients came from all over the state. John will forever be remembered as a brilliant diagnostician and a kind and caring physician to all who knew and worked with him.
John is survived by Mary, his wife of 46 years and his children, Sean Dineen, M.D. (Misty) of Tampa, Angela Ford (Joseph) of Louisville, John Dineen, Jr. and Brian Dineen (Joy). He was proceeded in death by his sister Pauline and leaves behind a sister, Brenda Power and brother Pat Dineen in Cork, Ireland as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather to his 8 wonderful grandchildren - Will, Paul, Patrick, Gabriel, Vivienne, Owen, Chaney and Coleman. John was a committed member of Christ the King and the Catholic community in Lexington. When he was not with patients or family he loved to watch Manchester United matches, play golf, garden and spend time with his breakfast group. John loved to travel, he especially loved being able to return home to Ireland to his visit with his friends and family. All who spent time with him will remember his (sometimes sharp!) humor and his generous spirit.
Our family is incredibly grateful for the outpouring of love and warmth John received in the form of cards, texts, calls and visits. It would be impossible to individually thank of all of the colleagues and friends who offered comfort to John as he battled his disease, including his physicians and care team at the Markey Cancer Center and Lexington Clinic. John and his family would especially like to thank Karen Mulholland, Dr. Jim and Suzanne Bauer and Mike Marnhout for their extraordinary efforts to make John more comfortable during his final months. Our family is eternally grateful for all of the prayers offered for John.
Milward Funeral Directors are entrusted with Dr. Dineen’s arrangements. To share a remembrance of Dr. Dineen or offer condolences to his family, please visit milwardfuneral.com.
In the context of the coronavirus pandemic, we will be having private services with family. In lieu of flowers please send contributions to the Markey Cancer Center at Lexington Clinic or the Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation.
I just found out of Dr Dineen's passing. So sorry for the entire family. I credit him with saving my life for the long term. Have really bad lungs. He was a kind, gentle, caring man. I last saw him in Dec when he was retiring. He will be missed greatly I'm sure. Wasn't aware of any illness. Again my heart goes out to you all. Fond memories. Take care.
I met Dr. Dineen during his first visit to Moffitt. He was incredibly respectful and stood up when I came in to introduce myself as Dr Shafique’s nurse. I was totally impressed from the moment I met him and with every conversation we had , though hard to accept this disease. Misty, Sean and Mrs Dineen, we send our love and pray for comfort for your family.
I worked with Dr Dineen as a nurse at St Joseph Hospital. He was so kind and respectful of all the nurses and patients. He really cared about people. He was a wonderful doctor. What a great contribution to human kind he left!
Dr Sean Murraysays
I learned last night of the death of John Dineen from his great old friend DrPaddy Crowley . I was greatly saddened to hear of his passing . I last met John about 20 years ago when on a visit to west Cork he stopped off to visit the local parish priest who had been his teacher at Farranferris. The usual old alumni of the Alma Mater were rounded up and we had a most enjoyabable evening. He was the very epitome of a gentleman and we are all diminished at his passing. Catherine and I wish to extent our sincere sympathy to his wife Mary the extended Dineen family .
Johnny & Trish Slattery (Sweetnam)says
Sincere sympathy to Mary, Sean, Angela, John Jnr & Brian on John’s sad passing. We remember John from our meetings in Ireland as a sincere, quite, gentle man who was always very pleasant company. We will remember him and you all in our prayers.
My memories of Dr. Dineen was of respect for his knowledge and his care for his patients. Always professional and kind. I always enjoyed working with him. My sincere condolences to the family.