Stephen M. Kemp
Stephen M. Kemp, devoted Husband, Father, Grampy and Friend unexpectedly went home to be with the Lord on July 11th at Steere House Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Providence. Steve was 72 years young.
On February 25, 2002 in an industrial accident, Steve suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury. Unfortunately over time, he developed Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.
Steve was born in Quincy, Massachusetts, to Myrtle E. (Bishop) and Kenneth W. Kemp. Steve was the wonderful husband of Cheryl Lynne (Cogswell) Kemp, loving father to Steven J. Pechie and his wife Skye, and Christopher R. Pechie and his wife Angel. Steve was blessed to be Grampy to his adorable grandchildren whom he dearly loved, Ryan T. Pechie, Owen C. Pechie and the late Evan A. Pechie. He also leaves his son Scott B. Kemp, his wife Marina and grandchildren John and Kealie of Minnesota.
From the time he was a child Steve had always wanted to drive. He obtained his driver’s license the minute he turned 16 years old and he never looked back. He loved fast cars and he loved to drive, which led him to his tremendous career as a truck driver. Steve’s favorite job was with Signal Delivery Service, the house carrier for Sears Roebuck and Company, where he worked for over 20 years. He delivered to the catalog stores throughout New England and New York. Steve and Lynne first met each other at the Sears Roebuck store on North Main Street in Providence in February 1988. Since Lynne worked in the Catalog Department it was a running joke that they were “living proof” that you could get anything you wanted from the Sears Roebuck catalog.
Steve was a member of the Oak Lawn Community Baptist Church in Cranston. He loved his Lord and his church and was Baptized in 2006. Steve was active in the church and enjoyed being part of the annual May Breakfast. Over the years he did several different jobs at the breakfast and particularly enjoyed being the Sanitation Engineer. Steve was a volunteer for the RISPCA and spent several days each week walking the dogs that were awaiting adoption. In August of 2006 Steve and Lynne adopted a white fluffy Bichon that he named Sophia. Steve absolutely loved her and could be found walking Sophia three or four times each day. From their daily walks everyone in the neighborhood knew Steve and Sophia. Steve was a member of Teamster’s Local 25 in Boston for nearly 40 years.
He also proudly served in the U. S. Army and was stationed at Fort Bragg.
A Celebration of Steve’s life will be held on Monday at 11:00am in the Butterfield Chapel 500 Pontiac Avenue Cranston. Prior to the Celebration, visitation will be held beginning at 9:30am. All are welcome and invited to attend. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center 3rd Floor Activities Fund 100 Borden Street Providence, RI 02903.
Cindy Laughlin - 07/14/2018
Lynne, as I read about Steve my heart breaks feeling that I wish I had known you and Steve through other circumstances instead of he and my Mom as residents of Steere House. If only..... My niece, Pam's husband was a truck driver who absolutely LOVED his job, just like Steve did, and had to give it up when his diabetes got worse and he lost his lower leg. They never had children but had a fluffy white dog named Misty who was like their little child until it had to be put down due to issues due to her age. I suppose we are lucky to all have wonderful memories and no one can ever take those away from us. I'm certain Steve is up in heaven and looking down at us with a smile. God bless you and your family and give you strength in the days ahead.... Cindy Laughlin (Betty's daughter)
Tom Gee - 07/14/2018
Steve was always smiling, eager to offer a hand to help, whether one requested it or (seemingly) not. That was the kind of man he was. He could talk up a storm and always found an interesting story to tell. He will be missed for his kindness, gentleness, goodwill, and willingness to help. I am happy to have spent the little time that we had together and will always remember our good times, his eagerness and concern for my welfare, as I'm sure many others will have, as well.
Kristen and Chesney - 07/15/2018
So very sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. Always enjoyed meeting him and Sophia on their walks through the neighborhood. Chesney especially loved the attention Steve gave her.
Janet Davies - 07/15/2018
Dear Lynn, I was so sorry to read of Steve's death. My prayers are with you at this sad time. I knew of Steve's head injury, but was unaware of his developing Alzheimer's. My heart aches for you, but I know you will get all the support you need from family, church and friends. May God be with you.
Ted Kanelos - 07/15/2018
Lynn, sorry to hear about Steve. He was a good person, and I was lucky to have him as a patient both before and after his accident. Couldn't find a more sincere or nicer guy, who also enjoyed hearing and telling a good joke.
Paul Sherman - 07/15/2018
I will miss his daily rounds walking Sophia and him telling me the stories of the earlier truck driving day's. Always a good neighbor with a watchful eye and that little chuckle after a interesting story.
Steve Hokeness - 07/16/2018
My sincere sympathy to you and your family. He was a very good man and you made a great couple. Take comfort in knowing his next life will treat him better. My prayers are with all of you.
Lisa Corsetti - 07/30/2018
I am so grateful to be one of the neighbors who would see Steve and Sophia on a regular basis. I would love to see him and chat with him! He was so proud of his children and his grandchildren, who I got to meet as he walked them and Sophia around the neighborhood. So few people take the time to stop and talk to people and Steve was definitely one of a kind. His absence is already missed in our neighborhood.
Dayna and Roberta - 08/03/2018
Cheryl, we were blessed to know Stephen. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Thinking of you.
Kathleen (Grady) Hamilton - 08/28/2018
Dear Lynne, Please accept my condolences on the passing of your husband. I was also very sorry to read about his head injury and it's consequences. Yet, it sounds like Stephen was a special man who was loved by his family, friends and little Sophia.
As always, you are in my thoughts and in my prayers. And, may Stephen rest in the arms of our Lord. Kathleen
Suzanne Lawless - 09/27/2018
Heard this very sad news today, my sincere condolences to Lynne and his loved ones.