Ralph H. “Skip” Kemp
OCEAN CITY–Ralph H. “Skip” Kemp, age 88, of Ocean City, died Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 at his home. He was born on Jan. 7, 1926 in Washington, D.C. and was the son of the late William and Evelyn (Jones) Kemp.
Skip was a graduate of McKinley Tech “Veterans” High School in Washington and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. In 1950, he started what would be a long career with the I.B.E.W., Local 26, electrical workers, in Washington. Later in his career, he served as an officer of the union before retiring in 1988.
Skip was a member of many organizations including St Andrew’s/St Luke’s Church in Ocean City, the Knights of Columbus, The Irish-American Club, the Ocean City Elks Club and the I.B.E.W. Retirees Club.
Skip and his wife, Irish, forged many lifetime friendships in the Ocean City area. Skip was a wonderful husband, loving father, grandfather, great grandfather and his wit, humor and loving personality will be missed by everybody who crossed his path.
He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Rosalie “Irish” Kemp; eight children, Steve J. Kemp and is wife, Sharon, Jeanne M. Napolitano and her husband, Jack, Donna P. Sanger and her husband, Randy, Patricia Kemp, Michael P. Kemp and his wife, Melissa, Paul D. Kemp, Kathy E. Poplai and her husband, Neal, and Patrick J. Kemp and his wife, Melissa; 19 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at St. Luke Catholic Church, 9903 Coastal Highway in Ocean City with Fr. Richard Smith officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Worcester County G.O.L.D. (Giving Other Lives Dignity), P.O. Box 39, Snow Hill, Md. 21863, or to Coastal Hospice, 2604 Old Ocean City Road, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, Md. 21802.
Arrangements are by Hastings Funeral Home in Selbyville where condolences may be sent by visiting www.hastingsfuneralhome.net.