Jones, Rich & Barnes Funeral Home

199 Woodford Street, Portland, ME


David A. Kemmerer

December 10, 1955July 22, 2019

David A. Kemmerer (1955-2019)

Portland, ME. David Arthur Kemmerer, born on December 10, 1955, passed away on July 22, 2019, when he succumbed to depression and took his life.

David was born and raised in Allentown, Pennsylvania and graduated from Parkland High School. He received a BA in Sculpture from San Francisco State University, and a BSN from Samuel Merritt College/St. Mary’s College in Oakland, CA. David’s 25 year career in nursing included Earl K. Long Medical Center (Baton Rouge, LA); Tampa General Hospital (FL); Maine Medical Center; Northern New England Poison Center; Massachusetts/Rhode Island Poison Center; Southern Maine Medical Center; Central Maine Medical Center; and finally Northern Light Home Health & Hospice. While at the Northern New England Poison Center, he published an article in the Journal of Emergency Nursing, as well as several poster-abstracts.

In addition to his career in nursing, he was a lifelong artist, a student of the Continuing Ed department at Maine College of Art, and recently dove enthusiastically into new works of oil painting, charcoal, and sculpture.

David was predeceased by his father, Arthur Kemmerer; his stepfather Robert Williams; and his niece Ranit Lubliner.

David is survived by his wife, Joy Krinsky, and children Samuel and Tova Kemmerer; his mother, Kathy Williams of Allentown, PA; his brothers Rick Kemmer (and Jeri) of Vancouver, WA, and Tom Kemmerer (and Lisa) of Allentown, PA; sister-in-law Susan Krinsky Lubliner (and Jonathan); as well as cousins, nieces and nephews. He also leaves many colleagues, and will be missed by his numerous patients.

A retrospective art show to honor his memory and gifts will take place on Sunday, November 3, 2019 at Casco Bay Artisans, 68 Commercial St, The Maine Wharf, Portland, ME. Further details to follow.

Arrangements made by Jones, Rich & Barnes, 199 Woodford St., Portland, ME 04103

Donations in David’s memory may be made to: Rabbi Carolyn Braun’s Discretionary Fund, Temple Beth El, 400 Deering Ave. Portland, ME 04103.


3 November

Retrospective Art Show

Casco Bay Artisans

68 Commercial Street
Portland , Maine 04101


David A. Kemmerer

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Peggy Akers

September 11, 2019

David was beloved by all of us on Cliff Island. He cared for the folks there as if they were family and he treated those of us who had the privilege of working with him, as cherished colleagues.

Thank you for sharing this wonderful man with us.
We send the warmest condolences to his family and friends and colleagues.

John Goodrich

September 10, 2019

Holding my own special memories of David, I send love and healing hugs to each of you- Joy, Sam, and Tova. John Goodrich

Lori Stone

September 6, 2019

I am so grateful to see David's obituary. I worked with David at NLHC and he was truly a mentor as well as a colleague. He exemplified the fine art of caring deeply for and going above and beyond for his patients, giving them the very best in care. He always had a smile and always had time for a question, a consult or a chat. He is greatly missed at work, he was one of a kind.
My most heartfelt condolences to David's family and friends. May you all find peace and healing and support. Please know how many coworkers at NLHC deeply miss David.
God Bless.

Merril Abramson

September 5, 2019

I had the beautiful privilege of briefly working with David at Vna home health and hospice which is now in northern lights. I was so amazed and touched at the gentleness and kindness,
the patience and the care this man gave not only his patients but with the staff he worked with. it was so easy to quickly realize his commitment to kindness -when I left the company one of the people that I realized that I would miss working with was David , i would miss getting to know more about him and I would miss learning from him. I wish his beautiful soul and his family peace and contentment . all my best, Merril Abramson

denise calkins

September 5, 2019

My deepest love and sympathy to your family. There simply are no other words.

Adam Arens

September 5, 2019

All our love to Joy, Samuel and Tova, May David's memory be for a blessing. Baruch Dayan Ha'emet