Operator of downtown bar dies of apparent heart attack

Bob Dempsey, owner of Papi’s Sports Bar, died early Monday morning of an apparent heart attack.

A New Jersey native, Dempsey worked for the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. During the Sept. 11, 2001, tragedy he was instrumental in helping those directly affected by the attacks. He came down to live in Costa Rica soon after and owned a tourism business downtown before opening up Papi’s, said friends.

The sports bar is on the corner of Avenida Primera and Calle 7 in San Jose.

He was an avid golfer who hit the courses every week and often played poker with his local group of expat friends.

Those hoping to pay their respects to Dempsey can do so at Bar Poás Thursday night, when owner Larry Wharton said a toast will be given to honor Dempsey, who is survived by his daughter and granddaughter who live in the United States.

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