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RAYMOND H., SR.
Age 94, formerly of Pittsburgh, died March 26, 2002 at the Ashtabula County Nursing Home in Kingsville, OH. Born April 7, 1907 in Cecil, PA, the son of Ono and Hattie (Perkins) Kemp. He graduated from the Cecil Twp. School District and earned his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from Duquesne University. At Duquesne University, he earned All-American honors in football, was named to the "All-City of Pittsburgh Collegiate Football Team," and earned awards in track and field. He later starred in Art Rooney's "J.P. Rooney's" semi-professional team, the Erie, PA Pros. He served a stint with the 1933 Pittsburgh Pirates (today's Steelers), thus becoming the first black football player in the City of Pittsburgh and the State of PA and the second in the National Football League. He was the last surviving member of the original Pittsburgh Steelers. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Canton, OH, as one of the Black Pioneers in Professional Football and recognized by the Duquesne University Sports Hall of Fame and the W. PA Sports Hall of Fame. Survived by wife, Lila Lee (King); son, Raymond H., Jr. of Ashtabula and daughter-in-law, Carolyn Todd Kemp, his "ambassador of goodwill" of Ashtabula, OH and New York, NY; brothers, Daniel and Leonard of McDonald, PA; preceded by four brothers, Commodore, Arthur, Charles and George and five sisters, Ella, Sarah, Tinie, Carolyn and Gertrude; and parents. A service will be held 11am, Saturday, March 30, 2002 at the DUCRO FUNERAL HOME, 4524 Elm Avenue, Ashtabula. Contributions may be made to Raymond H. Kemp, Jr., c/o Ducro Funeral Home, www.ducro.com.
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