Robert E. Kemp

November 22, 1936 - December 21, 2019

Age 83, of Castile, passed away peacefully with the love and care of his wife, daughter and two sons surrounding him at the Sturgill Hospice House in Brooksville, Fla.

He was born November 22, 1936 in Warsaw, NY son of the late Wallace Edwin and Ruth Lucille Johnson Kemp. Bob was raised in Silver Springs and was a graduate of Letchworth Central School in 1955 and Genesee Community College in 1973. He enlisted in the US Army and served from 1955 – 1958. In earlier years, Bob was employed at the Morton Salt Company in Silver Springs and was a children’s supervisor at the School at Industry. Bob joined the State Park Police in 1965 and worked for thirty years at Letchworth State Park prior to his retirement in 1995.

Bob was a former scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 54 in Castile and was a past president of the Castile Community Club. He joined the Oakland Lodge #379 of the Free & Accepted Masons in 1962 and served as Master of the lodge in 2007-08.

Bob enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He loved camping, hunting, fishing and his winter trips to Florida where he enjoyed new friendships with many other campers.

Surviving are his wife of fifty-nine years, Patricia Ann Nichols Kemp whom he married on September 3, 1960; his daughter, Tammy (Alan) Beardsley of Silver Springs; sons, Terry Kemp of Hagerstown, Md., Tommy (Colleen) Kemp of Batavia; grandchildren, Tonya (Matthew) Rodenback of Paoli, Pa., Andrew (Mona) Beardsley of Portageville, Adam (Chelsea) Beardsley of Nashville Tenn., Austin Beardsley of Silver Springs, Alyssa Beardsley of Silver Springs; great grandchildren, Graham Robert and Olivia Ann Rodenback of Paoli, Pa; his brother, James (Vicki) Kemp of West Valley; brothers-in-law, Jon (Delores) Nichols of Warsaw, Joseph Casey of Bliss; sister-in-law, Marlene Casey of Bliss; many dear nieces and nephews. He was brother-in-law of the late James Nichols.

Friends may call Friday, January 3 from 2 – 4 & 7 – 9 at the Robinson & Hackemer Funeral Home, 246 N. Main St., Warsaw where Bob’s memorial service will be held Saturday, January 4 at 10 AM. A Veterans service and a Masonic service will be held at 6:30 PM on Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 101 John J. Audubon Pkwy., Amherst, NY 14228 or Friends of Letchworth State Park, 1 Letchworth State Park, Castile, NY 14427. Online condolences at

Important Dates

January 3, 2020 : Calling hours for Robert E. Kemp - 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

January 3, 2020 : Calling hours for Robert E. Kemp - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

January 4, 2020 : Memorial service for Robert E. Kemp - 10:00 AM

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Jan 9.20 from Monica Dueppengiesser:

Pat and family, We are so very sorry for your loss. We are keeping you in our prayers always.

Jan 8.20 from Thomas Breslin:

Worked with Bob at the park and he was very effective in his job and respected by all.

Jan 5.20 from Cathie Gehrig:

My deepest sympathy to each of you at this saddest of times. I worked with Bob as a dispatcher at Letchworth Park and later at the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department. I can still hear his voice saying “GP-15, 10-8-dispatcher.” The midnight shift was well served by Bob but what I remember most is his pride in his sons and daughter.  May your memories bring you comfort in the time ahead.

Jan 4.20 from Tamara. Rood-Nelke:

My first memory of Bob was when I was in the sixth grade. I was standing in their drive way, and Bob wrapped his arms around Pat’s waist leaned her to the right and give her a kiss. 46 years later, that is one of the first things I think about when I hear Bob’s name.  My thoughts and prayers will be with his family as they begin this journey of healing. God bless and comfort each and everyone. With all my love, Tamara Rood-Nelke

Jan 3.20 from Marg Asberry:

I’m so very sorry to hear about Bob’s passing.  I so enjoyed talking to him He was the best at giving me great tips for camping.  He also had so many great stories about my Dad and him on patrol at the park. He sure was proud of his family!! I don’t think I remember a conversation with him in which he didn’t brag up a grandchild or one of his kids! My heart goes out to you. We tried to make it to a service and I’m sorry we couldn’t.  Please know our thoughts,  hearts and prayers are with your family and big, big hugs to you.
Tammy. It’s so heart breaking.

Jan 3.20 from Jan Vrooman:

Sorry to hear of Bob’s passing.  I worked with Bob at Letchworth State Park when he was a Park Patrol Officer.  He was always very professional and cared about the Park, Park visitors and the Park staff.

Jan 3.20 from Cathie Gehrig:

My deepest sympathy to all at this saddest of times. I worked with Bob as a dispatcher at Letchworth Park and later the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department. I can still hear his voice saying “GP-15, in service dispatcher.” Bob was a steady presence on the midnight shift but his pride in his sons is what I remember the most. May your memories bring you comfort.


Jan 3.20 from Marion Haupt:

My prayers are with the Kemp Family,
May God comfort you all and be ever near to give you peace.
Terry is very much part of our family here in Maryland. Sending our Love

Jan 3.20 from Dick and Mary Jane :

So many stories from Bob and Dicks days and nights of Park Police Officers they sure knew how to make the most out of their job. Our deepest sympathy to you and your families

Jan 3.20 from Maureen Tillotson:

My deepest condolences to Bob’s family for your loss. I knew Bob from his time at Letchworth Park and his attendance with Pat at Letchworth School, following our “kids” through sports. As has been frequently mentioned Bob had a great smile that was infectious. His love of family will always be a cherished memory.

Jan 2.20 from Kenneth walradt :

I am so sorry for all your loss Bob was a great mentor to me he is the reason why I join the army and I am the person that I am today I think God I had the time to know him

Jan 2.20 from Robin Maloney:

Sorry to hear about Bob.  I am a retired Livingston County Deputy and worked night shift with Bob for a lot of years.  He was a great guy and quite a character.  I last saw him at our Law Enforcement retirees Luncheon several years ago and had a nice talk with him. Sorry to hear about his passing and my condolences to the family.

Jan 2.20 from Coreen Snyder:

I am so sorry for your loss. My whole childhood was being at your house. Prayers for your family.

Jan 2.20 from Sharon "clark" True:

Dear Pat and Family,  I am so sorry to hear this sad news.  I remember how Bob loved to talk about his kids.  Between showing horses and racing.  It didn’t matter what they were doing he was a proud Dad. During this sad time, remember that smile Bob always had on his face and he will make you smile.  He will live forever in so many hearts because of the life he lived.  My sympathy to all you.

Jan 2.20 from Stephanie Gehrig:

To the Kemp Family:  My memories about Bob date back to the early 90’s when I worked the night auditor’s job at the Glen Iris Inn.  He would always stop in for a cup of coffee and conversation.  My late husband, Jerry, worked with Bob for many years with the Park Police.
My sincere sympathy to you all.

Jan 1.20 from Georgia Townsend:

Deepest sympathy to Bob Kemp’s family.  I am one of Bob’s first cousins.  My mother was Ruth Lucile, sister to Eddie Kemp.

Dec 31.19 from Lee and Paula Wilson:

To all of the Kemp Family, so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing.  We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers, while we remember him at the many BOC picnics and parties!  RIP Bob

Dec 31.19 from Penny Francis McEvoy:

Pat and family,

So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. My childhood memories of time spent together when our families were younger come to my mind. He had a wonderful smile, a great laugh and he was respected. May the love you feel for him sustain you; never gone.. just away for a bit. My sincere condolence to all of you.

Dec 31.19 from Dale and Katie Cooley:

So sorry to hear about Bob. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.❤️

Dec 30.19 from Lois Lockwood Fladie:

My condolences to the family. I knew Bob from
High School (I was class of 56). I married Floyd Fladie in 09 and we often Bob and chatted
at Country Kitchen for fish fries.
I feel your loss as Floyd passed 2/18, here in FL.

Dec 30.19 from Jean(Lowden) Sullivan:

Pat and family: Remember all the great times you’ve had over the years with family and friends sharing a few laughs along with a beer and Bob being Bob.  He used to stop in the insurance office to say ‘hi’ and drop a couple of fireballs from his pocket on our desks, then was already onto his next stop. We always knew we could call on him, as he knew we were there to visit. Nice fellow and good friend.

Dec 30.19 from Jeff Dadd:

Deepest sympathy to the Kemp family, Robert was my first cousin, my mother Vivian was his aunt.

Dec 30.19 from Marcia Maines:

Pat & family,  So sorry for your loss of Bob. He will leave a huge void in our Castile community. He talked easily with everybody…everywhere. He will be missed…but, more so… he will be remembered. Prayers 🙏🏻Marcia

Dec 30.19 from Bobbie Carney:

Sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. May God be with you and your family.

Dec 30.19 from Jeffery and Terry :

So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing we had a lot of good times at God bless your family

Dec 30.19 from Sue and Jack Ehntholt:

Thoughts and prayers from Bob’s Daytona racing home base. We have many great memories, including those chocolate chip cookies!

Dec 30.19 from Judy Draper:

My sincere condolences to your family. Bob was a good role model when I became an officer at Letchworth. Helped me out with a listening ear. So sorry. Prayers and hugs for your family.

Dec 30.19 from Cindy McDonald:

My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this sad time.

Dec 30.19 from Paul & Nancy Gebauer:

Deepest sympathy to Pat & the rest of the family.  We will miss our neighbor & friend.  RIP Bob

Dec 29.19 from David Dadd:

My sincerest condolences to you Bob was My cousin prayers for you and your family at this difficult time

Dec 29.19 from Jim Kemp:

To my FAVORITE, & only Brother: I always loved you, and what it all comes down too, is that you knew it!! We had sooo many great times growing up without social media, when you had quality face too face relationships! We had our conflicts from time to time, but I have no regrets & and I’m pretty sure you feel the same! I will love you till the end of time!❤️❤️❤️❤️

Dec 29.19 from Dale and Ann Reynolds:

Pat and family, So sorry to hear about Bob. You guys were great parents and good friends.  Always fun to be with. You are in our prayers.

Dec 29.19 from Bailey:

Where have you gone? I miss you buddy but will always remember being your fur baby!!

Dec 29.19 from Ron and Judy Ferrell:

We are so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. Pat you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Dec 29.19 from Cassandra Reding:

I am very saddened to hear of Bob’s passing. I loved visiting with him and Pat. You are all in my thoughts. ❤️

Dec 29.19 from Bud Hoffmeister:

Pat and family
With deepest sympathy
Sandra and I are so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing
Bud and Sandra