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Stephen Guy Kemp

February 8, 1947 - June 11, 2017

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Kemp, Stephen 2/8/1947 - 6/11/2017 Whitmore Lake, Michigan Stephen Guy Kemp, age 70, of Whitmore Lake, Michigan passed away June 11th, 2017 at 6:35pm due to complications associated with pancreatic cancer. He was born in Ishpeming, Michigan on February 8th, 1947 to Evelyn and Robert Kemp of Marquette, Michigan. Stephen is survived by his life partner Dennis FitzPatrick and his two brothers Allan Kemp and family of Maui, Hawaii and David Kemp and his partner Patrick Curley of Oldwick, New Jersey. Steve grew up in Marquette, Michigan and attended Marquette Senior High School. Following graduation,...

Kemp, Stephen 2/8/1947 - 6/11/2017 Whitmore Lake, Michigan Stephen Guy Kemp, age 70, of Whitmore Lake, Michigan passed away June 11th, 2017 at 6:35pm due to complications associated with pancreatic cancer. He was born in Ishpeming, Michigan on February 8th, 1947 to Evelyn and Robert Kemp of Marquette, Michigan. Stephen is survived by his life partner Dennis FitzPatrick and his two brothers Allan Kemp and family of Maui, Hawaii and David Kemp and his partner Patrick Curley of Oldwick, New Jersey. Steve grew up in Marquette, Michigan and attended Marquette Senior High School. Following graduation, He went to the University of Michigan where in 1968 he graduated with a degree in Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture and in 1988 a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Davis. He was an avid University of Michigan athletics supporter and a member of the Taupin Donor Society while setting up and funding the Robert and Evelyn Kemp endowed chair in the Naval Architecture Department. Not to mention his love of Michigan Football! "Go Blue" After graduation, Steve headed to California to start his career at Northrop in Culver City, California. Very shortly after working for Northrop, Global Marine sought him out and hired him for a special project the "Hughes Glomar Explorer" (the ship built by the CIA to attempt to salvage a Russian submarine during the cold war). It was at this time Steve got to go on sea trials and truly fell in love with working on the oceans. After completion of the project with Global Marine, Steve decided to get an engineer's license to qualify to work on sea going vessels. After passing his 3rd engineers test (beginning level test), Steve was hired by Chevron Shipping Company. While working at Chevron he traveled up and down the west coast, in the Gulf of Mexico between Mississippi and Florida, up to Alaska (at least 30 trips), out to Hawaii (17 trips) and 5 trips through the Panama Canal. He absolutely loved sailing on ships. He never tired of it until post 9/11 changes diminished the luster of sailing for him. After retiring, he was a volunteer at the Hands On Museum in Ann Arbor to promote engineering to children. He was also the Chair of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, Great Lakes & Great Rivers Section and very active in that organization. He was also a retired board member of the University of Michigan Engineering Alumni Board and worked actively to establish connections between alumni and current students to promote engineering as a career to local and regional highs school students. Steve was also active in our breeding and showing Clumber Spaniels. He always took it upon himself to be the person who named any puppies that stayed at home. Steve had a strong passion for cooking and was an excellent chef. He especially enjoyed Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners with friends and family. Until recently, he played senior league ice hockey in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He picked up ice hockey since it was more benign on his knees than running. He also played senior league golf where he made his first hole in one. Steve's favorite high school memory: The day the student teacher in Mr. Adamson's Physics class blew up the brand new galvanometer in the new high school. He remembered the blue flash from the lab and Mr. Adamson's saying, "What the hell"