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 worked with Dr Dineen at St Joseph Hospital and Lexington Clinic. What a great physician but most importantly a wonderful caring physician that had time for everyone. He always asked about the family And then began to beam and proceed to share how proud he was of his. So sorry of his passing. Prayers of peace to his family.
So saddened by the passing of one of my favorite physician's. I had the opportunity to work with Dr. Dineen at both St. Claire Medical Center in Morehead, KY and at Saint Joseph Hospital here in Lexington. I remember when we did Bronchoscopies back in the day through the Emergency Dept at St. Claire. Dr. Dineen would make it fun and and a great learning experience with each and every Bronch! Always loved his Irish ways and especially his accent. Love and prayers to you, Mrs. Dineen and your precious family 🙏
Our sincere condolences to Mary and family at the death of John . He will always be remembered and truly missed. He was a kind and caring person to patients and all who knew him. Leon and Linda Ravvin
I had the pleasure of knowing Dr Dineen. He was always kind and gracious, thanking me for my help even though I was just doing my job. My prayers will be joined with others for his family in this time of sorrow.
It is with deep sorrow that we learn of the passing of Dr. John Dineen. I had run into Dr. Dineen in February at Suggins where we were both having lunch. It was at this time that he shared with me his diagnosis. When we think of Dr. Dineen, we see someone very kind hearted, compassionate and totally devoted to his family, patients and friends. From a personal relationship, we are so grateful for the care he provided my mother for over thirty years. He was also kind enough to accept me as my personal physician for which I am eternally grateful. We send our best to his family. At this difficult time, we hope you can celebrate the wonderful times you enjoyed together and the memories that will live on. He often talked of the family vacations to Hilton Head and how much he treasured getting everybody together. We send our heartfelt thanks for sharing him with us. George and Cathy Burgess
I love you papa love Owen