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.
Mary and family, John or to me forever “Dr. Dineen” was the definition of the caring physician. I will forever be grateful and blessed for the years I was able to work with him and for the knowledge shared and the example set. And grateful for the wonderful care given to my mom and dad. His friendship will be cherished always . You are all in mine and Jeff’s prayers., and mom and dad’s as they have shared in our prayers over these months . Much love to all of you. Paulann
William Wittman, MDsays
John has been a treasured colleague over these past 35 years. He was a valued mentor and role model with his kind demeanor, superb knowledge of medicine, and good humor.
Jennifer K Bellsays
I am sorry for your loss. Dr. Dineen treated my Dad when he had lung cancer, and my Dad was a complete cure. We both loved going to the appointments and talking with Dr. Dineen. He and my Dad enjoyed lively discussions across a variety of topics, most of which were not about cancer. A wonderful man and physician.
Pell Ann Wardropsays
The world has lost a truly special person with John's passing. My day was always made brighter when our paths crossed. Mary and family, you are in my prayers and thoughts. I am sure John is already telling jokes in Heaven.
Bob and Nona Camuelsays
Mary Lou, we are so sorry for your loss. John was a joy to be around and we have many good memories of times spent with you all. We loved his caring manner and his wit. Our love and prayers are with you and your family.
I worked with Dr. Dineen for many years at St. Joseph Hospital and then at Lexington Clinic. He was a wonderful doctor and person. He will be greatly missed.