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WASHINGTON (AP) — Jack Kemp, the ex-quarterback, congressman, one-time vice-presidential nominee and self-described "bleeding-heart conservative," died Saturday. He was 73.

Kemp died after a lengthy illness, according to spokeswoman Bona Park and Edwin J. Feulner, a longtime friend and former campaign adviser. Park said Kemp died at his home in Bethesda, Md., in the Washington suburbs.

Kemp had announced in January 2009 that he had been diagnosed with cancer. He said he was undergoing tests but gave no other details.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., called Kemp "one of the nation's most distinguished public servants. Jack was a powerful voice in American politics for more than four decades."

Kemp, a former quarterback for the Buffalo Bills, represented western New York for nine terms in Congress, leaving the House for an unsuccessful presidential bid in 1988.

Eight years later, after serving a term as President George H.W. Bush's housing secretary, he made it onto the national ticket as Bob Dole's running-mate.

With that loss, the Republican bowed out of political office, but not out of politics. In speaking engagements and a syndicated column, he continued to advocate for the tax reform and supply-side policies — the idea that the more taxes are cut the more the economy will grow — that he pioneered.

Kemp's rapid and wordy style made the enthusiastic speaker with the neatly side-parted white hair a favorite on the lecture circuit, and a millionaire.

His style didn't win over everyone. In his memoirs, former Vice President Dan Quayle wrote that at Cabinet meetings, Bush would be irked by Kemp's habit of going off on tangents and not making "any discernible point."

Kemp also signed on with numerous educational and corporate boards and charitable organizations, including NFL Charities, which kept him connected to his football roots.

Kemp was a 17th round 1957 NFL draft pick by the Detroit Lions but was cut before the season began. After being released by three more NFL teams and the Canadian Football League over the next three years, he joined the American Football League's Los Angeles Chargers as a free agent in 1960. A waivers foul-up two years later would land him with the Buffalo Bills, who got him at the bargain basement price of $100.

Kemp led Buffalo to the 1964 and 1965 AFL Championships, and won the league's most valuable player award in 1965. He co-founded the AFL Players Association in 1964 and was elected president of the union for five terms. When he retired from football in 1969, Kemp had enough support in blue-collar Buffalo and its suburbs to win an open congressional seat.

He told a gathering during a return trip in 2007 that he still tried to catch as many Bills games as possible, but mostly on television. Efforts to be in the stands were reserved for family.

"I've got 17 grandchildren, 10 of whom play football, so I spend my weekends flying around the country going to football games," he said.

In 11 seasons, he sustained a dozen concussions, two broken ankles and a crushed hand — which Kemp insisted a doctor permanently set in a passing position so that he could continue to play.

"Pro football gave me a good perspective," he was quoted as saying. "When I entered the political arena, I had already been booed, cheered, cut, sold, traded, and hung in effigy."

Kemp was born in California to Christian Scientist parents. He worked on the loading docks of his father's trucking company as a boy before majoring in physical education at Occidental College, where he led the nation's small colleges in passing.

He became a Presbyterian after marrying his college sweetheart, Joanne Main. The couple had four children, including two sons who played professional football. He joined with a son and son-in-law to form a Washington strategic consulting firm, Kemp Partners, after leaving office.

Through his political life, Kemp's positions spanned the social spectrum: He opposed abortion and supported school prayer, yet appealed to liberals with his outreach toward minorities and compassion for the poor. He pushed for immigration reform to include a guest-worker program and status for the illegal immigrants already here.

At the Department of Housing and Urban Affairs, he proposed more than 50 programs to combat urban blight and homelessness and was an early and strong advocate of enterprise zones.

In 1993, along with former Education Secretary William Bennett and former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Jeane Kirkpatrick, he co-founded Empower America, a public policy organization intended to promote economic growth, job creation and entrepreneurship.

His choice as Dole's 1996 running mate was seen as a way for the Republican Party to reach groups of voter that Dole could not. And it came even after Kemp endorsed Steve Forbes for the nomination — a move many considered political suicide — and declared himself a "recovering politician."

Dole's more sober demeanor contrasted sharply by Kemp's high-spiritedness, which was recalled in various accounts, including one by Marlin Fitzwater, Bush's press secretary.

Fitzwater wrote in his memoirs about a time when Kemp lunged at Secretary of State James Baker III in the Oval Office. The housing secretary was "nagging, nagging, nagging" Bush to recognize the breakaway Soviet satellite of Lithuania and Baker, the color rising in his face, screamed an epithet at Kemp, Fitzwater recalled. Kemp bounded across the furniture and grabbed at Baker's throat. They were pulled apart to avoid a fistfight.

Copyright © 2009 The Associated Press
Published in Baltimore Sun on May 2, 2009.
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October 10, 2020
I met Mr. Kemp at a garden party in 1978 in Buffalo N. Y. I was from Ohio and just 19 yrs. old. I was attending this affair with my uncle who supported Mr. Kemp. I had the pleasure of meeting him. He was a true polite gentleman. I admired him from that day and never forgot that amazing pillar of knowledge and strength. I was so sorry to hear of his passing. He had made a lasting impression on me as he did on so many others in his life.
May 5, 2017
Rest Jack, until you hear at dawn,
the low, clear reveille of God.

Thank you for your service to this nation.
Harry Simpson
May 3, 2016
Thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.
Harry Simpson
October 5, 2009
For Jack...


Do not weep for me when I no longer dwell among the wonders of the earth; for my larger self is free, and my soul rejoices on the other side of pain...on the other side of darkness.

Do not weep for me, for I am a ray of sunshine that touches your skin, a tropical breeze upon your face, the hush of joy within your heart and the innocence of babes in mothers arms.

I am the hope in a darkened night. And, in your hour of need, I will be there to comfort you. I will share your tears, your joys, your fears, your disappointments and your triumphs.

Do not weep for me, for I am cradled
in the arms of God. I walk with the angels, and hear the music beyond the stars.

Do not weep for me, for I am within you;
I am peace, love, I am a soft wind that caresses the flowers. I am the calm that follows a raging storm. I am an autumns leaf that floats among the garden of God, and I am pure white snow that softly falls upon your hand.

Do not weep for me, for I shall never die, as long as you remember me...
with a smile and a sigh.

© Joe Fazio
jfazio@gmail.com /Joe Fazio
August 24, 2009
We can be drawn to God, knowing that he fully understands the pain & sorrow we all suffer because of the deaths of our loved ones.
John 11:25 - "I am the resurrection and the life. He that exercises faith in me, even though he even though he dies, will come to life."
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The Knapp family
June 1, 2009
This is my final farewell to a great man who I am proud to have had the opportunity to read about and hear him espouse on matters of human decency. I was struck by the death of Jack Kemp, who was a true advocate for the poor and disenfranchised. In January 2009, when the news broke about his battle with cancer; I decided to Google his name and in doing so I was able to read a letter on his website that he had written to his grandchildren regarding the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States. The letter was compassionate and loving as he so graciously told his grandchildren that although his candidate of choice lost the election he was proud and not sad that President Obama had won. It was truly a letter that I will be proud to share with my family and friends for years to come.

I am certain that Mr. Kemp has a special place up there in heaven waiting for him. He has lived the life of a Christian in words and deeds. May God bless the Kemp family is my humble prayer and I will remember Jack Kemp a true champion of people that were less fortunate than he was an all around American guy with great admiration for diversity a true role model. It is my hope that as we reflect on the life of Jack Kemp we will as a people begin to also lead my example. It is apparent to me that he left his mark on society in a very positive and his words are left as record to posterity for future generations. Listening to his children at the public memorial service it is evident that the letter I read was just a glimpse into the heart of a loving father and statesman that was Jack Kemp the man, husband, father grandfather and Christian.

May God Bless the Kemp Family is my humble prayer.
Sylvia-Marsha Shelley
May 30, 2009
A man of principle and honor, who was willing express his beliefs. Everytime he gave a speech he spoke from the heart. The passing of Jack Kemp has once again created a void in our society of leadership. It was a great honor to vote for him for Vice-President. He will be greatly missed. The debate in our country on the role of government and taxes in the economy will not be the same with his abscence. May he rest in peace. My prayers go out to the Kemp family.
Derek Lick
May 23, 2009
Jack Kemp was man of honor and a politician with his heart in the right place. He was never afraid to offer an endearing hug to even those he just met, just ask Queen Elizabeth, to her surprise she was a recipient of one of his great big Jack Kemp bear hugs. He always had a word of encouragement to those around him, and by those who knew him, he is already missed. God Bless!
Julie Kemp Becker
May 17, 2009
I was struck by the death of Jack Kemp, who was a true advocate for the poor and disenfranchised. In January 2009, when the news broke about his battle with cancer; I decided to Google his name and in doing so I was able to read a letter on his website that he had written to his children and grandchildren regarding the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States. The letter was compassionate and loving as he so graciously told his grandchildren that although his candidate of choice lost the election he was proud and not sad that President Obama had won. It was truly a letter that I will be proud to share with my family and friends for years to come.

I am certain that Mr. Kemp has a special place up there in heaven waiting for him. He has lived the life of a Christian in words and deeds. May God bless the Kemp family is my humble prayer and I will remember Jack Kemp a true champion of people that were less fortunate than he was an all around American guy with great admiration for diversity a true role model. It is my hope that as we reflect on the life of Jack Kemp we will as a people begin to also lead my example. It is apparent to me that he left his mark on society in a very positive and his words are left as record to posterity for future generations. Listening to his children at the public memorial service it is evident that the letter I read was just a glimpse into the heart of a loving father and statesman that was Jack Kemp the man, husband, father grandfather and Christian.

May God Bless the Kemp Family is my humble prayer.
Sylvia Marsha Shelley
May 16, 2009
Fine Man, Fine Father, Fine American.
Stephen Grooms
May 15, 2009
Our hearts go out to the family at this difficult time. May you find some comfort in the support of family,friends and God's promise for thr future. Revelation 21:4 And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.
May 13, 2009
eva F
May 12, 2009
May 12, 2009
My deepest condolences to the Kemp family. The Congressman was a great statesman and patriot. May God extend His comfort to Mr. Kemp's wife, children, and grandchildren.
Dave McIntire
May 11, 2009
Jack Kemp was a great leader, intellectual, and statesman. He convinced President Reagan to cut taxes and regulations, which led to 120+ months of unprecedented economic growth. Kemp was a patriot who believed in America's free enterprise system, democratic government, and opportunity society. Most importantly, Kemp was a loving husband and father, and a devoted Christian who lived according to his faith. He was a dear friend and mentor to me. I will treasure my memories of Jack Kemp and continue his efforts to improve the lives of the American people.
Lisa Buestrin
May 11, 2009
I will never forget him. I was at an Empower America event here in Dallas in 1992 (not quite sure of the year) and he sat at my table for lunch. What a great American!!!!!!! He will surely be missed!
Jackie Youkers
May 11, 2009
Words are inadequate to express the deep feeling of loss that I share with my family members, upon the passing of Jack Kemp. We respected him so much as a great American, dedicated to opportunity and justice for all. I hope that his family finds comfort in knowing that so many in this country and abroad, share their sorrow. I never met him, but felt connected to him through his commitment to working people and to African Americans. Jack Kemp's voice and passion were unique. He has left us all a tremendous legacy.
Rosalind Fultz
May 11, 2009
Sincere condolences to the family on the loss of their loved one. Jack Kemp left his signature on the sports and the political arena. God promises a future where suffering is removed. Please read Revelation 21:4 in the scriptures. His words bring us comfort and give us hope.
Mary Smith
May 10, 2009
First and foremost, the New Jersey Association of Public and Subsidized Housing for Residents and residents throughout the nation will never forget your commitment to people residing in government assisted housing. You took a stand and reminded America these residents were citizens and wanted to be treated as such. You opened the door for residents' program funding that helped many to become self-sufficient while residing in public and subsidized housing. Our organization continues to fight that fight and will always be indebted to you.

Thank You Secretary Jack Kemp for what you have done to help low to moderate-income residents of government assisted housing. You will be missed, but never forgotten!

Glenda Wright, Director of NJAPSHR, Inc
Mary Rone, President of NJAPSHR, Inc
Newark, NJ
Glenda Wright
May 10, 2009
My deepest sympathy. Jack Kemp is in my high school year book from over 40 years ago dancing with his daughter. He served us well.
Beverly Eusanio
May 10, 2009
May 9, 2009
Mr Kemp, Thank you for all you done for WNY and the Country. I will always remember your day as a Buffalo Bill. God Bless you and your family, We will never forget you. Bob Raynor ( Seattle WA)
Bob Raynor
May 9, 2009
Jack Kemp, you were a very special person and shall me greatly missed. My condolences to your wonderful family.
Sandy Carel
May 9, 2009
You worked tirelessy to "lift all boats" and inspired many of us to work for that worthy goal. May you rest in peace--Peter Hannaford
May 9, 2009
May I add my condolences to the family and friends of Sen. Jack Kemp. Kudos to an outstanding athlete, and one of the last voices of reason in Washington, D.C. His wisdom and political sanity will be missed by the appreciative citizens of the Country he loved so much.
Doug Hendrixson
May 8, 2009
I was struck my the death of Jack Kemp, who was a true advocate for the poor and disenfranchised. In January 2009, when the news broke about his battle with cancer; I goggled his name and in doing so I was able to read a letter on his website that he had written to his grandchildren regarding the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States. The letter was compassionate and loving as he so graciously told his grandchildren that although his candidate of choice lost the election he was proud and not sad that President Obama had won. It was truly a letter that I will be proud to share with my family and friends for years to come.

I am certain that Mr. Kemp has a special place up there in heaven waiting for him. He has lived the life of a Christian in words and deeds. May God bless the Kemp family is my humble prayer and I will remember Jack Kemp a true champion of people that were less fortunate than he.

Sylvia Marsha Shelley, Huntsville, AL
Sylvia-Marsha Shelley
May 8, 2009
I rejoice with you that Jack Kemp is in Heaven with the Lord he served so well. Thank you sharing him with America. We need his bold Christian leadership style so much now.
Linda Perry
May 8, 2009
I spent my youth watching you throw footballs, so despite all the good you did with your life, my most enduring memory of you was at Shea Stadium throwing a football on the run over 70 yards in the air while being chased by the Jets. A life well lived. You'll be missed.
May 8, 2009
A message of comfort to the family,

May Our Heavenly Father comfort you and grant you peace to help you to cope during these difficult days. I offer my sincere condolences to you all.
M. Jones
May 7, 2009
I was thirteen years old when the Chargers came to San Diego. Jack Kemp was our hero. Mr. Kemp spoke at our Pop Warner awards banquet. He had to depart early to go and comfort the family of a Charger teammate that was killed in a auto accident a day before. The fact that he still made time to at least speak to us for a short time when he was suffering a loss has always been with me these past 47 odd years. We were crushed when he was sent to Buffalo. We were always proud of his great service to our country, as in our minds he will always be a San Diego Charger. The Chargers are to wear their 1960 jerseys this season in honor of the old AFL 50th anniversary. We will remember Jack Kemp all season and forever.
Steven Quinn
May 7, 2009
I pray that "The Gipper" and #15 team up to win one more for the most important team of all, the United States of America.
We all need you now more than ever. Please watch over us, and guide us with your example of devotion to your wife,your children, and your country. Please strengthen us to stand strong in our beliefs that God expects us to live decent, moral, purposeful lives. Your life is your message, Mr. Kemp...and we all need to listen.
Gretchen Ambrusko Schaeffer
May 7, 2009
Dear Kemp Family,
I will always remember Jack for his heroics on the field in old War Memorial Stadium when he put my hometown of Buffalo on the map. His long distinguished service to our country will never be forgotten either. He will always be remembered.
Elliott Tanz
May 7, 2009
Dear Kemp Family,

Jack Kemp was the ultimate embodiment of compassion, principle, commitment, leadership and graciousness. We have long admired him and will always cherish his memory.

The Rabinowitz Family
Englewood, New Jersey
David Rabinowitz
May 7, 2009
Thanks for your service to our country,Jack Kemp. May you rest in peace and Godspeed to your family..Sincerely..
Melissa Dison
May 7, 2009
My heart goes out to you at this time and in the days ahead.
May 7, 2009
Dear Kemp Family,

Jack was such a happy warrior for the American people and the American dream. I could never express here what an impact he had on my life, but am sure you know that his impact was far reaching. I sincerely hope that the prayers that are lifted up for him and your family will provide you with some amount of comfort in this difficult time.

Thank you so much for sharing him with all of us. He will be missed far more than my words can express. Godspeed.
DeAnna Brangers
May 7, 2009
May 7, 2009
Just a year ago last month Jack was in San Diego for Herb's Klein 90th. birthday party. I had short visit with him the following morning. Over the years at GOP events and conventions. He was always the same warm and very up beat. My thoughts are with the his family during this difficult time.
Bob Welk
May 6, 2009
May 6, 2009
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Marie Naylor
May 6, 2009
Jack Kemp was a very good person and an honorable human being. He will be missed dearly. May God continue to bless the Kemp family and keep them strong during this time of sorrow.
Felix Locklin
May 6, 2009
A college friend who brought new meaning to the phrase "Class Act".
Wayne Hokom
May 6, 2009
I am sorry to hear about the death of your dear loved one.{John 6:40}says we need to have faith in Jesus,in order to have everylasting life.
K Harris
May 6, 2009
I remember Jack Kemp with the Buffalo Bills,they were the first dominant team in the AFL.The AFL helped make pro football a lot better.Thank Jack Kemp for your contributions to pro football. Rest in peace and God bless.
louis carwell
May 6, 2009
I will miss Jack Kemp. He was the practical embodiment of compassion and philosophy in my Republican party. He should have been president. He, however, settled for making a difference; and he did. The legacy of his ideas and actions will endure. May his family find peace and healing. Heaven is now the ultimate "Enterprise Zone." Thank you, Jack.
John Hasham
May 6, 2009
Mr. Kemp was a gentleman and a patriot. We will always be grateful for his service to our country. God bless.
The MacMaster Family
Kathy MacMaster
May 6, 2009
My sympathy to the family and loved ones of Mr. Kemp. His record of service to this country is commendable, and he was respected by so many.
Jan Ammons
May 6, 2009
Thank You Mr. Kemp for your service to this great country. You will be missed.
Ryan Wynn
May 5, 2009
Jimmy, Susan, and boys,
We are so very saddened to hear of your Dads/granddads passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Tom & Kristen Matzke
May 5, 2009
May 5, 2009
A fine gentleman who left his mark in American history and was a friend to all. We'll miss one of the last "real" Republicans.
Mark Manuszewski
May 5, 2009
What a great man.You would have made an awesome President.My Condolences to the family .
Steve Stallard
May 5, 2009
My first experience of seeing & hearing Jack F. Kemp was in 1952 at Fairfax High School in Los Angeles. He was an experienced Senior/Student Leader & I was a new Freshman, when he opened his mouth to speak to our class about the proud traditions & academic excellence at Fairfax. He spoke strongly & passionately from the heart about being a Fairfax Lion. We should support our school because it was one of four top academic Iowa Testing schools in the nation. You knew the charisma was there in his smiling face. And there was an air of religious truth in every comment made that day.

That football season of Kemp at quarterback, Bergdahl at left half, Kopel at fullback and Silvera at right half was the best & most powerful backfield in the history of our school. It was all about Kemp again as the field general leading his team quickly down the field for a touchdown.
Yes, he was a man for all seasons whether in the classroom or in sports. Jack Kemp rose to the top of the AFL/ NFL, graced the halls of Congress and ultimately came forth to run for Vice-President of the United States. He gave us his ultimate sacrafice in making this nation a better place for all races, colors & creeds to live a better life together. Finally, he taught each of us that we had the open freedom to being the best we could be in whatever future endeavor we selected.

Thank you Jack Kemp for coming forth from day one in Los Angeles and touching our lives with your strength, bravery and courage in every challenge you faced in life. May God keep you peacefully in his heavenly domain. For we on Earth will not forget your presence among us.
Gary Roller
May 5, 2009
The Harvey Johnson family , we would like to send our Condolences! We lost our brother Dan (52) recently! Our hearts go out to the family! "Mollie A. Johnson"& Family.
mollie johnson
May 5, 2009
I feel really sorry about your dad. He was a great role model and quarterback.

your friend,
Garrett Smith
BS Bluedogs '08
Garrett Smith
May 5, 2009
My name is James Keating I am the son of Thomas Arthur Keating, who played football with Mr. Kemp. I was sorry ot hear the passing of such a great man. I did not know him as well as my dad, but I wish I could have. My dad is currently in France and asked me to pay respects on his behalf. Our prays are with the family.
James and Thomas Keating
May 5, 2009
I went to school with Jeff in Hamburg in 5th and 6th grade with Mrs Gavins class. Everytime I heard Jack or Jeff's name in the news, it felt like being back in Buffalo. My deepest sympathy to all of you for such a tremendous loss. May all your memories of your father and husband comfort you.
Karen Kalchbrenner (Longo)
May 5, 2009
We had the opportunity to meet Mr. Kemp at the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport. We had been visiting family in Buffalo and were on our way back to Long Beach. We spoke of Buffalo, the Bills and some areas of politics. We will always remember his last words to us, "help is on the way". We still talk about it not really sure if he meant, help for the Buffalo Bills or our country. A very nice man who contributed so much not only to the Buffalo area, but the country as well.
John and MaryJane Ricard
May 5, 2009
Dear Joanne:

I remember the two of us growing up in Fillmore, attending school at Redlands and Oxy, being cheerleaders, and then rooming together at the Maid of Cotton contest in California. The last time we spoke in person, we were swimming in your mother's pool with our children just before you and Jack went to Washington, D.C. You had so many questions, you were excited, and I'm sure it was all you imagined then and much more. Jack led what would have been a full life for three or four people. He certainly inspired us, and he always made those of us who attended your wedding, and knew him just a little, very proud.

At this sad and difficult time, with a new life ahead for you, you have your large and wonderful family surrounding you with their love.

We're sending our warm memories and our love to you,

Bruce and Mickey (Van Deventer) Rehwoldt
Mickey Rehwoldt
May 5, 2009
Even though we are probably not related, my family was always so proud to share the same last name as Jack Kemp. Such a fine man. This is truly a loss for all humanity.

Our wishes for a peaceful walk for the family in the months and years to come.

Donna and Tracie Kemp
San Diego, CA 92130
Tracie & Donna Kemp
May 5, 2009
Let his intellect and compassion for others bring joy and remembrance to his family. He was truely an inspiring man, thank you for sharing him with your Nation!
Jeff Scott
May 5, 2009
You inspired us and we took that extra step to make America better for everyone. We'll miss your brilliance.Rest in peace.
Henryk Zaleski
May 5, 2009
There will never be another Jack Kemp - much to our misfortune and dismay. May his family find peace. I pray for them.
Jere Sue Adams
May 5, 2009

When his friend and colleague Tenny Guyer passed away on 1981, Jack remarked to me, "Wow, what a guy!" Ditto, my friend, ditto.

Thanks for your service to the Nation. May God bless and comfort all of the family in the days and weeks ahead.
Tim Curtin
May 5, 2009
My deepest condolences to Mrs. Kemp, the four wonderful children she and her husband raised, and the many dear friends who now mourn their loss. I never met Jack Kemp, but he helped me hold my head high when I lived in another state and people mocked Buffalo, NY. His political ideas came as much from the heart as from political practicality - not many politicians you can say that about. Godspeed, Jack - we know you are with the Lord.
May 5, 2009
To each of you in this wonderful Kemp Family,

"Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted." Matt.5:4

Friends from 4th Pres.church,

Mike and Bev McBride, Living in ABQ, New Mexico
May 5, 2009
To the family of Jack Kemp, please accept my heartfelt condolences on your personal loss. To me, Senator Kemp represented the best of the Republican Party. He was a patriot and has most assuredly carried on his ideals and great enthusiasm for a good natured debate up in Heaven. Eternal rest will most assuredly be granted to him. He touched the lives of so many people – including myself and I thank him for his plain speaking and dedication to this wonderful country of ours
KC Walker
May 5, 2009

We met in Vail in the early 70's and I bought Jack's or Jeff's Head ski's. My Mom and Dad, Bill and Franny, always spoke fondly of you and Jack. At the time I was 19 years old an keenly interested in politics, Jack was one of the few who encouraged my interest. I later watched in amazement as the GOP did not welcome his ideas, I did and they became the basis of good life. Joanne thank you for loaning him to all of us it was too short of a trip, we will miss him greatly. Werner and Joan Minshall
Werner and Joan Minshall
May 5, 2009
I remember as a child meeting Mr. Kemp at a fund raiser. My parents were very active in the politcial arena and helped Mr. Kemp however they could. Mr. Kemp and my father were talking and he was holding a football. He tapped it a couple times and thew passes to me. I remember I was in awe of the man who stood next to my father. He told me to go "Deep". My view of him was getting smaller and I saw his arm reach back and release a football that looked like a baseball from that distance. I ran as far and as fast as I could. I did not know but I was running on a dock to a small lake. I dove and caught the ball, when I braced for the fall I felt the splash. I held on with all my might so I could impress Mr. Kemp. He told me that I would be a great receiver someday. My love of Football and my admiration of Jack Kemp began there that day, in the sun, drenched and soaking wet. Mr. Kemp was a wonderful and kind man. I have believed in him and he was and will always be a hero to me and many like me. I will miss him more than anyone will ever understand. To the Kemp family and Mrs. Kemp especially, Thank You, from my heart, for being the family that all aspire to be. Jack Kemp will be remembered for his honesty, integrity, and candor, which in the military I hold in the highest regard and try emulate his beliefs. But I will also remember the day I met Him and your beautiful family Mrs. Kemp and offer my deepest condolences and heartfelt sorrow for you loss.

SFC Eugene P. Helstrom
167th Theater Sustainment Command
Birmingham, Alabama
Eugene Helstrom
May 5, 2009
You took my team to the Championships in the 60s. I was proud you were my Congressman for almost 20 years. While my husband was serving in the military for over 20 years we were proud to vote our adsentee ballot for you. While we were stationed in South Dakota I was proud to see all the signs and bill boards when you ran for president and then for Vice president. Rest in Peace Jack job well done
May 5, 2009
My husband and I voted for you .
Linda Bauer
May 4, 2009
We will miss Jack and his conservative voice. Sandra Munyon St.Maries, Idaho
May 4, 2009
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Jack Kemp touched a lot of lives.
Our nation has lost a true patriot. God called him Home...other patriots...Ronald Reagan and Teddy Roosevelt were there in Heaven to greet this great American. God bless.
Lili Mitchell
May 4, 2009
My condolences to the Kemp Family. I met Jack Kemp during a campaign stop in Flint, Mi. Jack made a good speech that day. He then mingled with crowd. I got to shake his hand and he took time to sign my Time Magizine cover with him and Bob Dole on the cover.
God Bless Jack
Michael Borror
May 4, 2009
So sorry to hear about this great loss to the Kemp family. We just got through a conference here in the Seattle area with his son Jeff and Stacy Kemp. What a loss for all of us especially the family. We want the family to know we are praying for you and I am sure Jack is in heaven throwing a few touch down passes with Jesus!
Scott and Lara Germino
May 4, 2009
As a former Buffalonian and VP for the American Heart Association in Buffalo ,I remember well the graciousness of Mr. Kemp in supporting the work of our organization. He was definitely a man with HEART.

My personal condolences to his family in your time of grief.

Heather McDuff-Casselberry
May 4, 2009
Thank you for your dedication to country and the compassion you showed for everyone -- but most of all for loving unborn babies. May God welcome you into his loving arms and may He bring peace and comfort to your loved ones.
Judy D'Agostino
May 4, 2009
I was truly moved at hearing the loss of Jack Kemp. I will always remember him as a man who spoke for everyone, regardless of race, creed or social rank. He was truly an admirable character both on the field of sport and at the podium in Congress. He will be missed. May our Lord keep his soul in the palm of His hand forever.
Lucia Sanders
May 4, 2009
My full condolences to the entire family of Jack Kemp. His infulential clout, both on a national level and individual basis, was just phenominal. In 2000, he even left me a voice mail, telling me to get out and vote, which I promptly did, the next day.
Mike Jennings
May 4, 2009
A great American statesman who I truly and sincrely admired. May God give his family comfort because Mr. Kemp is in the "cleft of the Rock". Be Blessed in knowing that you will see him again in glory.
Rochelle Kithcart
May 4, 2009
It was an unusually warm autumn evening in 1966 when two of my friends and myself decided to ride our bikes over to Jack Kemp's house on Idlewood Ave. in the village of Hamburg to get his autograph. Totally enthralled by his success as a hometown hero as well as his accessibility to three scrawny 12 year olds, we boldly stepped onto his front porch. It was dinner time and already dark. The deal was whomever rang the bell and did the talking got to keep the autograph - if he were to humor us. I was the one who pushed the button and in a second or 2 Jack Kemp stood before us, smiling. I sheepishly told him how much we liked him and what a great thing it was to have him in our village. He was as friendly as the guy next door and asked each of us our names and our family's ties to the area. He then left and returned with a sheet of his own stationery, with a simple gold embossment at the top, "Jack Kemp". In his own hand, he addressed us by our names and wrote something different to us each. It was probably the most humbling experience I can remember - a true star taking time from his dinner and family to thrill a couple of Bill's fans.

I got to keep the treasure.
It's framed and now includes a signed, golden rookie football card he later sent me when I wrote to him in the mid-90s recalling this same event.

I am in shock now and will forever love this icon for his true spirit of humanity.

Dr. Jerry Mammoser
Jerry Mammoser
May 4, 2009
Proud to have met him as a child in Buffalo. What a pleasure to pull the handle down to vote for him.
Robert Miga
May 4, 2009
May 4, 2009
Jack Kemp was one of my favorite persons in our government. I will miss him deeply and his family will have my deepest sorry in his passing.
Danny McManus
May 4, 2009
I was privileged to meet Mr. Kemp while I was a teenager and he was with the San Diego Chargers. I was extremely impressed by his overwhelming friendliness. His smile was infectious, as I shook those large and gnarled hands. Later as an adult, conservative and a Christian I was even more impressed. Here on earth we have lost a man of the deepest character toward all mankind. In heaven he is celebrating the truest kind of freedom. And now waits for us. My deepest condolences to his wife and family.
Dr. Peter Garich
Peter Garich
May 4, 2009
I know that this is a difficult time, but may the comfort found at Philippians 4:6,7 which tells us, "do not be anxious over anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication along with thanksgiving let your petitions be made known to God, and the peace of God that excels all thought will guard your hearts and your mental powers by means of Christ Jesus."
Going to the hearer of prayer during this sad occasion will bring you much comfort
Duval Sewer
May 4, 2009
An athlete, a true statesman, and friend of Western NY, whom people will not forget. Condolences to his loved ones!
Don Kronenthal
May 4, 2009
as a kid growing up through the 50's and into the mid 60's Jack Kemp was one of the athletes I truly admired. After my return from Vietnam I was proud he was our congressman.
Mike Straw
May 4, 2009
Jack was the person who brought me to the Republican Party. I personally worked for him on his Executive Finance Committee leading up to his Presidential bid in 1988, and later to try to elect him Vice President in 1996.

He was a truly great man!Next to President Ronald Reagan, he was my favorite politician of the modern era.

I felt very sad when I heard the news of his death yesterday. My heart goes out to Joanne and the entire family.

My love,

Larry Klayman
larrry klayman
May 4, 2009
Doubtless there is a line in heaven to welcome Jack, dare I say ask for an autograph? He graciously signed one for me at a Bills training camp, which I treasured. He touched so many lives. This is a difficult loss, and I pray for those who knew him best.
Bill Goodwin
May 4, 2009
I am very sorry for your loss. I am sorry, too, for the loss the country has suffered. The nation will miss him more than it realizes now. He was certainly one of God's men for his time in hisory.
Cyndi Knight
May 4, 2009
To the family, friends, associates of Jack F Kemp: May the words be of comfort. Memories of his lifetime always be with you. My condolences.
Whenever I hear the name Jack Kemp, I think of his quarterback yrs with the Bflo Bills and later as Congressman.
He was positive in his approach to the things he was committed to. You hardly hear the negative but always the effort and the good that this man was committed to.
God bless the Kemp family during this time.
May 4, 2009
Jack was a busy traveling man!!
It was always a pleasure to see his
smiling face. I will cherish the wonderful memories.Thanks Jack for touching my life.
Carol Washburn
May 4, 2009
To the Kemp Family,
I extend my deepist sympathies and prayers to the the Kemp family at this time. I was Mr. Kemp limo driver from time to time. I always enjoyed the conversion with him and his wife. May your memories bring you comfort. God is always watching over you. May you rest in peace. DavEl Limo
May 4, 2009
It is always sad to lose a love one, my condolences to the family. May God give you the strength you need to get through each day.
May 4, 2009
You are still my hero.
Jack Mardel
May 4, 2009
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
Desiree Lykes
May 4, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with the Kemp family. Jack will be sorely missed. If more people and politicians were like him; this country would be in a much better place.
Jim Holtz
May 4, 2009
What a great loss to all and the conservatives. He was a bright star with common sense. May God Bless Jack and his family. My prayers are with you all.
Jackie Schulz
May 4, 2009
To the Kemp family, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Jack Kemp was an incredible person. Our country was fortunate to have someone of his fortitude and integrity hold public office. May God bless the Kemp family.
Michael Neubeiser
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