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KEMP, THOMAS JAMES, FCGA: November 25, 1940 – May 29, 2015 It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Tom Kemp after a short struggle with ALS. Tom moved to Penticton in 1972 with his wife Carol and their 2 children, Brenda and Andrea. He opened an accounting practice on his own and then later partnered with his friend and colleague Bob Harvey where they formed Kemp Harvey and Co., CGA's, which still operates today. There are now 7 Kemp Harvey offices throughout the province, something that Tom was extremely proud of. Tom partially retired in 1999, and the Penticton office he helped create, is now operated by his daughter Andrea and her business partner Nicole Thompson. Throughout his life, Tom was an active Member of the CGA Association of BC and in 1989 he was President. He was also a member of the CGA Board of Canada. From the beginning, Tom was active member in the community. He was a member of the Peach Festival Society, Kiwanis, Ironman Canada, VFCU, Penticton Yacht Club, and several other boards. Tom had the opportunity to live his dream of sailing and living on a boat in Mexico, and in 1999 he purchased a 42 foot sailboat which he sailed for several years. He loved the experience in Mexico so much that after that he built a home and spent his winters there until his passing. He was an athletic man participating in skiing, old timers hockey, ice-boating, sailing and golf. After high school Tom played hockey for Notre Dame College and the Nelson Maple Leafs. Tom also loved animals and had a special way with them. His companion "Bailey" stood faithfully by him to the end. Tom is survived by his loving partner Liz Bingham, daughters Brenda (Robyn), Andrea (Rick), former spouse and long-time friend Carol Kemp, and brother Albert (Barb). Tom loved to dance and was an outgoing man; always the life of the party. To celebrate that outgoing personality of his, the family will be hosting a casual and informal open house at Theo's Restaurant on Saturday June 6 from 1:00 to 4:00. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the SPCA or the Penticton Red Cross HELP Program.

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Published in Okanagan Valley Newspaper Group on Jun. 3, 2015.
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May 21, 2019
It is five years since my beloved Tom suffered from ALS and passed. Although Tom and I had only a few years to be together we love each other and enjoyed every day of our time together. Rest In Peace, Love Liz
Elizabeth Bingham
May 20, 2019
Five years ago on Wednesday my dear Tom passed away. We had such a short time together but we were deeply in love and enjoyed every minute of our life together. I miss him terribly. Rest In Peace dear Tom. My love, Liz ♥
June 21, 2015
Sorry to hear about Tom's passing, I grew up in Kimberley and have known Tom for many years.
Terry Leal
June 8, 2015
Very sorry to hear of your dad's passing Andrea and family. We are thinking of you during this difficult time.

Tammy and Darren MacKinley
June 4, 2015
Our sincere sympathy on the loss of your dad Brenda and Andrea. We have not seen him for a long time, but it sounds as if he was living to the fullest. God bless to you folks, and your mom. Hugs, Jerry and Beth Hook.
We are out of town this Sat so cannot be at his open house.
June 4, 2015
Some people are just so gracious and fun to be with - that was Tom. He could brighten up any occasion with his easy-going manner and wonderful smile. Thoughtful, insightful, always willing for others to take center stage. These are our memories of Tom. A real gem who will be dearly missed by his loved ones and many many friends.
Marie and Ulfar Gudjonsson
June 3, 2015
Andrea, our condolences to you and the other members of your family. We remember your father when he prepared our returns for us before you took over the business. He was always friendly and professional in the way he dealt with us. We're sorry to hear of your loss.
Gail and Barry
Gail and Barry Leigh
June 3, 2015
Very sorry to hear of Tom's passing. The Kemp Harvey team was always such a pleasure to run into at the annual CGA Conference. One particular memory is of taking a mountain bike down Whistler with this duo. What an afternoon we had, sailing past bears and staying upright. My arms ached for weeks. Bon Voyage Tom.
Eileen Reppenhagen
June 3, 2015
Very sorry to hear about the loss of your dad, Andrea. Thinking of you. Dave, Jackie, Ali and Adrian Duncan
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