Friends and family fondly remember late Ruse couple David and Margaret Kemp

The late Margaret and David Kemp, of Ruse.

The late Margaret and David Kemp, of Ruse.

Ruse couple David and Margaret Kemp have been fondly remembered for their service to the Campbelltown community.

David died on Saturday, November 17 at Liverpool Hospital after a long battle with illness. He was 76.

His wife Margaret died just seven days earlier in her nursing home after a battle with illness, aged 72.

The Kemps met 49 years ago in Perth.

Their son John said it was not love at first sight, but first sound.

“Mum heard him singing in the pub’s shower block where they were both staying,” he said.

“She then travelled back to Sydney with Dad within the next few days.

“They were married a year later.”

David was well known as a retained firefighter at Campbelltown Fire Station for 35 years.

“Dad was part of the famous station group there who held the record for most fires attended in a year,” John said.

The late David and Margaret Kemp.

The late David and Margaret Kemp.

David was also a radio announcer with 100.3FM 2MCR for more than 25 years. 

He helped organised the Appin Mine Memorial Garden in honour of the 1979 Appin mine disaster, which killed 14 people.

David worked at the mine for more than 30 years.

He also did charity work with St Vincent’s de Paul and was a member of the Salvation Army.

Margaret was heavily involved with the local community, including St Peter’s Anglican Church in Campbelltown.

She was also past president of Campbelltown’s Country Women’s Association branch.

David and Margaret both helped run the Macarthur Raiders soccer club for many years.

The couple also travelled around the world as singers in the Sydney Welsh Choir.

Their highlights included performing at the Sydney Opera House.

David and Margret’s funeral will be held at Campbelltown’s St Peter’s Church this Friday at 1.30pm. Macarthur residents are welcome to attend.