Philip Kemper, former Owl Wire Pres, passes

Feb 5 2019

Philip J. Kemper passed away on January 28, 2019 in Vero Beach Florida following a sudden and short battle with cancer.  Kemper is most remembered for his contribution as a leader in the wire industry. His career began in 1978 as shift manager at the family business, Owl Wire and Cable, Canastota New York. Subsequently, he worked in sales, production management, and finally served as president. In 1989, He and his brother, Robert Kemper, expanded their business to include a transportation company, Owl Logistics. In 1994, their entrepreneurial spirit was extended to Carrolton, Georgia where they opened Raven Wire. All three business entities were sold to the Marmon Group of Chicago in 1999.

Kemper was a lifetime member of Wire Association International and received the Charles Scott Distinguished Award (now WCMA Distinguished Career Award) in 2006.

After retirement from the wire industry, Philip became the general manager of Babbit Bearing. He served on the boards of the Syracuse Metropolitan Development Agency, Manufacturers Association of Central New York, Onondaga Community College, and the YMCA. He also was a participant on the Onondaga Community Foundation. His Galloo Foundation has supported a wide range of charitable causes, since its inception in 2000 and will be a continuing instrument for his philanthropy.

Born in Syracuse, New York in 1956, Philip lived most of his life in the upstate New York region.   He and his wife, Susan, later moved to Vero Beach Florida and summered on Wellesley Island, New York.   Philip enjoyed sports cars and boating on the St. Lawrence River, and primarily golf.

He was a 1974 graduate of Fayetteville-Manlius High School and 1978 graduate of Niagara University.  Philip was preceded in death by his mother and father, Helen and Robert Kemper of Fayetteville New York. Philip is survived by his wife, Susan (Lyga) Kemper; four Kemper children, Mary Beth, Steven, Joseph, and Emmet Sullivan Kemper; four Armstrong step-children, Brett, Chad, Jamie and Ross; his brother, Robert Kemper, his sister, Mary Nell Kemper Dolan; and many nieces, nephews and grandchildren.

There will be a memorial service; arrangements to be announced. A private family burial will be held this spring at Wellesley Island Cemetery, New York. Memorial contributions can be made to The American Cancer Society P.O Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.