David John Kemp

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David John Kemp


On January 5, 2022, Dave Kemp quietly passed away. Dave was a husband to Lynn for 55 years, father to Jason (Krystal), Janine (Al) and grandfather to Tianna (Marissa), Hayley (Christian), Benjamin, Jackson and Calvin. Dave had a wonderful supportive family near and far and many long-time friends.

Dave had unconditional love for his family and friends. Dave was thoughtful, generous, intelligent, caring, patient, dependable and kind. He was a true gentleman.

Dave enjoyed spending time at the family cottage at LacLu, Ontario. Dave and Lynn spent many good times with family and friends enjoying their ‘happy’ place. Dave loved to take people on guided tours around the lake in their pontoon boat.

Dave had many interests, the prime one being an ongoing search for and sharing of knowledge and information. He kept friends and family up to date on anything that he thought they would be interested in. He had a keen interest in nature, photography, weather stations, watches and technology. Dave and Lynn spent many hours searching out geocaching sites at home, at the cottage and on their travels. Dave’s interest in genealogy took them on many adventures including travel to Scotland to find his family birthplace.

Dave grew up in East Kildonan and attended Miles Mac Collegiate where he met his life-long partner, Lynn. Dave spent 35 years with Manitoba Telephone System, worked at the Microelectronics Centre at the University of Manitoba and went on to consulting activities in Europe. Dave has served as a Board member of both the Electronics Industry Association of Manitoba and the Canadian Institute of Management. He also served as Chair of the Library Board for the City of Winnipeg Public Library system.

Dave was a volunteer for 59 years with the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers). An IEEE Life Senior Member, Dave held a variety of volunteer positions and served as IEEE Canada President, Region 7 Director, and IEEE Secretary. Dave was also a senior member and Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada.

The Dave Kemp Memorial Fund has been established in association with IEEE Canada in support of aspiring students and professionals. Donations in honour of Dave may be made at https://www.ieeecanadianfoundation.org/EN/davekempmemorial

A special thank you to the caregivers at H6 Health Sciences Centre and the Riverview Health Centre.

A Celebration of Life will be held in Spring/Summer when all life renews.
Those who touch our lives stay in our hearts forever!

Condolences from family and friends

Posted by Linda Pettit | 07-Feb-2022

My husband, Rob, became friends with Dave when they worked at MTS. They stayed in touch afterward by meeting for coffee. When Rob developed Alzheimer’s, Dave would pick him up, and later Dave came to the personal care home to visit, until Covid stopped that. This kindness meant so much to both Rob and me. My sincere sympathy to Lynn and the family. Dave was a good person.

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