January 14, 2009:
LeRoy A. Kemp July 24, 1928 - January 13, 2010
LeRoy A. Kemp, 81, of S. Vanderkarr Rd., Barton, passed away while responding to the aid of others on January 13, 2010. LeRoy was born on July 24, 1928 in Smithboro, NY, a son of the late Olin and Hazel (Thompson) Kemp. He was a graduate of Owego High School Class of 1945 and for many years owned and operated Kemp's Poultry Farm with his family in Barton. On January 13, 1946 in Smithboro, he married the love of his life, Marion Aldrich, and together they have celebrated 64 years of happiness. Always willing to assist in a time of need, LeRoy was a lifetime member of the Tioga Center Fire and Emergency Departments, where he had served as Chief, EMT and Fire Police. In addition, he was Chairman of the Board for the Fire Commissioners and had assisted with the Tioga County Fire Investigation Team. He was a dedicated and well respected fireman who will be greatly missed by his community and his fellow members. LeRoy is survived by his wife, Marion; his daughters and sons-in-law, Susan and Gary Mandrino of New London, NC, Pamela and Richard Mott of Waverly, NY; a son and daughter-in-law, Milton and Nancy Kemp of Barton; brother-in-law, Edward Aldrich; sisters-in-law, Frances Gascon, Nelly Short, Betty Schmidt, Joann Rumsey, Florence Zimmerer and Julie Green; seven grandchildren, Roxann (Matthew) Galster, Karen Stewart, Michelle (Patrick Tart) Grimes, Andrea Grimes, Thomas (Melissa) Kemp, David (Brenda Hubbs) Kemp, and Sarah (Heath Bennett) Kemp; great grandchildren, Andy Garey, Samantha Stewart, Elizabeth, Catherine, Christopher and Benjamin Galster, Victoria Grimes, Kennedy and MacKenzie Hill. Several nieces, nephews and their families also survive. LeRoy was predeceased by his sister, Ella May Bill; and a sister-in-law, Adele Bettis.Family and friends are invited to attend a period of visitation and time of sharing memories on Saturday, January 16th, from 2-5 p.m. at the Nazarene Church, Route 17C, Owego, NY. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, January 17th, at 2 p.m. at the Nazarene Church with his nephew, Pastor Alan Bill and Rev. William Wells, officiating. Flowers will be provided by the family and memorial contributions are be directed to the Tioga Center Emergency Squad/Fire Dept., PO Box 185, Tioga Center, NY 13845 in loving memory of LeRoy A. Kemp. Memories and condolences may be shared by visiting our website at http://www.sutfinfuneralchapel.com/. Caring assistance is being provided by the Cooley Family of the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols.
January 13, 2009:
In Memory of Leroy Kemp…
With the lost of Fire Fighter Leroy Kemp early today, our condolences, thoughts & prayers go out to the Family, Friends, and Members of the Tioga Center Fire Department. Leroy Kemp a 59-year Volunteer Fireman lost his life in the Line of Duty this morning while responding to an emergency ambulance call. Leroy Kemp, age 81, was killed in a fatal motor vehicle crash while responding to the Tioga Center Fire Station.
Leroy Kemp served in the Tioga Center Fire Department as a Fire Fighter and Ambulance Driver. A past Fire Chief of the Tioga Center Fire Department, he last served as the Chairman of the Tioga Fire District, Captain of the Fire Police and Company Chaplin. Leroy Kemp was also a retired member of the Tioga County Fire Investigation Team.
Leroy Kemp was a valued member of the Tioga Center Fire Company and will be deeply missed by his family, friends, the Tioga Center Fire Department, the Tioga County Fire Service and the community that he served so faithfully.
FD Memorial Maltese Cross by Vestal Fire Fighter Dave Hitt.