Edward William Kemp
June 3, 1925 – June 2, 2020
Retired WO 2nd Class WWII Veteran
Ed is survived by brother David, sister Elizabeth Belford and his 6 children - Jane Wedge (George), Jack, David (Lesley), Donna Robson, Joseph (Lorrie) and Daniel (Rene). He also leaves behind 11 Grandchildren and 16 Great Grandchildren.
He will be deeply missed by all that knew him. The family would like to extend its heartfelt thanks to Lorrie and Joe for their care and assistance with Ed. His last 7 years were the happiest years of his life.
Forever in our Hearts
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Edward William Kemp
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Emma Van Buskirk
June 30, 2020
My family had known Ed for many years.
But before I had really got to know him, I had heard he was making fishing flies and lures, and had sold them.
Ed spent much time hand-making gifts for his family, working the shed behind his house. When he was more fit Ed used to go fishing at Colliery dam in Nanaimo for years, and enjoyed having a sit there, in the sun. He was a hard worker and kept his house up on his own, painting it regularly over the years. He planted petunias and kept a vegetable garden as well.
Most evenings, after his puttering each day, were spent watching the local news, then Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy. He loved to play cribbage, and taught me a few things that helped improve my game one time. He also played gin rummy, and scrabble regularly, and had a large pickle jar of pennies as wagers. He regularly bought 6/49 tickets and was happy when he won enough to cover the cost of the tickets it always held out hope for a big win.
And I can’t forget his Nintendo game playing, dr Mario, and Tetris his favourites, intent on getting the besting He was a very hospitable person. He loved peanut butter sandwiches!
He was so happy to be able to stay with his family in Courtenay for the last years of his life, and kept building amazing hanging and other types of garden planters and keeping the stock of firewood ready for the house.
My family want to express our condolences, to his family.