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Walter H. Kemp, Bethlehem Steel retiree, deacon <br> June 28, 1917 -- March 21, 2010

Walter H. Kemp Sr., a retired Bethlehem Steel supervisor and longtime deacon in his church, died in his sleep March 21 in Waterfront Health Care Center. He was 92.

Mr. Kemp was born in Greenwood, Miss., one of 10 children. He graduated from high school in Chicago and moved to Buffalo in 1948.

Mr. Kemp worked at Bethlehem Steel for almost 30 years, the last 19 as a supervisor, retiring in 1977.

He married Mary Thomas in 1953, and the couple had five children. His wife died in 2009.

Mr. Kemp was ordained a deacon at Trinity Baptist Church in 1962 and also served as chairman of the board of deacons. He later became a member at First Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, where he was chairman of the board of deacons and a teacher of the adult Sunday school class.

He was a former director of the Baptist Training Union, former chairman of the Great Lakes District board of trustees and a past president of the Deacons' Alliance of Western New York. He also had been president of the Johnson Street Block Club and in 1978 joined the Buffalo Federation of Neighborhood Centers' Moot Senior Citizens Center.

Surviving are a daughter, Cherilyn Landrum, and three sons, Ronald, Walter H. Jr. and Vincent.

A service was held Saturday in First Calvary Baptist Church.


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