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Edwin M. Kemp, 101

August 07, 2009

-AUG. 5, 2009

BENSALEM, Pa. -- Edwin McClain Kemp passed away suddenly on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009, at Aria Frankford Bucks Hospital in Langhorne, Pa., at 101 years of age. Ed was born in Hagerstown, Md., to Daniel M. and Laura V. (Wolfes) Kemp. He was predeceased by his sister Frances E. Kemp, as well as his parents.

Ed is survived by his devoted wife of almost 66 years, Hazel V. (Dennis) Kemp, his daughter Bonnie Kemp Cohoon, son-in-law Barry L. Cohoon, grandson James M. Bell III and his wife Jodi and great granddaughters Juliana Kaye Bell and Jamie Lee Bell, all of Bucks County, Pa. Ed and Hazel were lifelong residents of Hagerstown and Williamsport, Md., until relocating to Bucks County, Pa., in 2005 to be nearer to their family.

Ed graduated from Washington County High School in Hagerstown in 1926 and from Rider University, Trenton, N.J., with the Class of 1929. As a young man during The Great Depression, he worked as a traveling auditor. He later returned to Hagerstown and went to work for The Nicodemus National Bank, where he met his beloved Hazel, who remained the love of his life until his death. He left the bank to work for the American Fruit Growers, and when they closed operations in Hagerstown, he became employed by The Brandt Cabinet Works, from which he retired in 1976 after 25 years of service. He was a musician at heart and was an active member of the Hagerstown Municipal Band for over 50 years, serving as their Sunday concert announcer and handling their publicity for many years. He also served as an officer of Musicians Union Local 770 for over 30 years. A cancer survivor, Ed was a longtime volunteer at The John R. Marsh Cancer Center, and retired from his volunteer work that was so near and dear to him at the end of 2002.

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Ed was Past Exalted Ruler of the Hagerstown B.P.O. Elks Lodge No. 378 for the Lodge Year 1982-1983. In 2008, he was honored and thrilled to be accepted as their first Honorary Lifetime Member.

A lifetime baseball fan, Ed was one of the original organizers of Little League Baseball in the Hagerstown area and served as secretary/treasurer and public relations director for the program during the early years of its existence. He assisted interested parties in Frederick, Md., in the creation and organization of the Frederick Little League Program as well.

An avid tennis player since his college days, Ed was a member of the Draw-Doubles Tennis Group and regularly played tennis until the group disbanded in 1999, when he was a young 91 years old.

The family will receive friends at Rest Haven Funeral Chapel, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21742, on Monday morning, Aug. 10, 2009, from 9:30 until 11 a.m. with the funeral service and interment immediately following in Rest Haven Cemetery.

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