A Celebration of A Life

Trip Start Jul 09, 2009
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Trip End Jul 14, 2009


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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Having enjoyed a fantastic family reunion in Virginia, seven of us migrate north to Reading, Pennsylvania today. Jonathan's grandfather, Christian Ridgely Kemp, passed away in Tucson, Arizona last December 16th -- two weeks before his father died. Grandpa Kemp grew up in this area, and his first wife is buried here, so as part of this trip dedicated to "family," Jonathan's mother and her brother are going to bury their father in a family plot next to his wife.

We enjoy a family dinner at a local restaurant this evening, and the seven of us who came from Virginia are joined by other relatives from upstate New York. The older generation regales us with stories of the Kemp family, and David Kemp (Jonathan's uncle) gives a wonderful presentation about his father's life. I feel like I have deepened my understanding of Jonathan's ancestry a lot this evening. The internment will take place tomorrow morning.
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