December 16, 1952 – March 15, 2023
In loving memory ~
Donald James Kemp, a devoted father and husband, skilled framer, and deep thinker passed away on March 15th, 2023, at the age of 70 with the sun on his face and his sons by his side.
Born on December 16th, 1952, Donald was the son of the late Howard and Jean Kemp. He was born in Lampman, Saskatchewan, and grew up in Nanaimo with his older sister, Donna, and younger brother, Bob. After completing school at Western Christian College in Saskatchewan, Donald began his career as a framer, becoming an expert in his field.
Donald’s love for his work took him all over the world, including Japan and Russia, where he built homes for people. Throughout his career, Donald estimated he built over 800 homes, leaving a lasting impact on the communities he served. He took great pride in a hard day’s work, and his dedication to his craft was evident in the quality of his workmanship.
Beyond his career, Donald was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He married Lori Anne Fox in 1979 and loved and cared for her until she lost her fight with cancer in 2017. He is survived by his two sons, Jesse (daughter-in-law Kari) and Riley (daughter-in-law Elena), and his four grandchildren, Kaylee, Kamryn, Niko, and Mila Kemp. He was deeply proud of his sons, watching them grow into respectable men and become loving fathers in their own right (“No two ways about it”). Along with his close family, there are many cousins, nieces, nephews, and life-long friends who deeply grieve his passing.
Donald was also a deep thinker, always pondering life’s big questions and exploring philosophy and purpose. He had a keen mind and a kind heart, always willing to lend a listening ear to those in need. Donald also loved to write rhyming poetry that often was humorous and touching to the recipients. He was a great storyteller, and he had many real-life adventures to recount.
Donald’s passing is a great loss to his family, friends, and community. He will be remembered as a kind, hard-working man who left a lasting legacy through his work and his family. His spirit will live on in the many lives he touched throughout his lifetime.
As per Don’s wishes, after some time to let things settle, there will be a private celebration of life for the family on Thetis Island. However, if you wish to show your respect you can tip a glass to the sunshine, play a round of golf in his honour, or have a family dinner taking a moment to be grateful for everyone in attendance.
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