David Kemp (1934-2012)
The Club is sad to report the death of former Roundhay RUFC President David Kemp on Wednesday 15th August.
He was indeed a stalwart of the Roundhay club and all its successors. He was elected as an Honorary Life Member in 1986. He was deeply enthusiastic about all his many interests in life and was well known around the ‘Shires.
David came from good farming stock and developed the family business in the Horsforth area. He was a member of the Farmer’s Club in Whitehall and of the National Poultry Association. He had a great love for sport and in particular cricket and rugby union. He represented Roundhay 1st XV during the 50’s and 60’s and captained the side in the 1960-61 season when the club drew 6 matches and the average score was 8-8. He was a regular committee man and served as President from 1983-1988.
He played cricket for Drighlington in the Central Yorkshire league and became a regular spectator of matches at Yorkshire Bank, Farsley and the County side.
David loved sport irrespective of the amateur or professional ethos and watched West Park Leeds and followed Leeds Tykes and Leeds Carnegie throughout the country that included day-return trips to Exeter on the train. Another exotic trip saw his close companions Brian Claughton and Ron Bidgood fly from Yeadon to Heathrow and then coach for the fixture in Sonning against Reading. The air hostess mistook them as part of the cast of ‘Last of the Summer Wine’.
He married Judy in 1961 and they had two children, Rory who farms in Malton and Janine who now lives in Townsville, Australia who gave him four grandsons Ben, David, Joe and William. He was a true gentleman farmer who will be sadly missed by all his family and many friends.
The funeral service will take place at Rawdon Crematorium on Friday 24th August at 13:40 and friends and family will retire to West Park Leeds Rugby Club afterwards.