Patrick Kemp (August 13, 1953 - March 30, 2024)

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Patrick Kemp
  • August 13, 1953
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  • March 30, 2024

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Patrick Joseph Kemp, (70), of Clarkston, Michigan, passed away suddenly on March 30, 2024. Patrick, fondly known as Pat, was born to Geraldine and Wallace Kemp on August 13, 1953, in Highland Park, Michigan. While growing up in Berkley, Michigan and attending Albion College, Pat was a talented basketball player and a baseball fanatic. Upon graduation, Pat spent over 30 years of his life working for various branches of General Motors. His many notable accomplishments at GM include GM’s sponsorships at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games and Walt Disney World’s EPCOT, as well as the successful launch of the Cadillac Deville in the early 2000s.

After his retirement from GM, Pat switched gears to take on his true life’s passion, namely giving a voice and rights to those with autism. He was passionate about helping others, especially those who could not help themselves. Upon learning that his youngest son, Ryan, had autism, Pat tirelessly devoted himself to working for and supporting numerous organizations surrounding autism. The second phase of his working life included positions at Autism Speaks, where he created and introduced “Light It Up Blue”; the Autism Alliance of Michigan; and Mobility Ventures. He also supported the Clarkston, Michigan public school system; Offering Alternative Therapy with Smiles (O.A.T.S.); The ARC of Oakland County; and 3rd Circle, the provider of caregivers for his son Ryan. His professionalism, experience, and passionate advocacy have improved the quality of life for many.

Pat was also a devoted family man, and he was always there for life’s special moments, be it the birth of a grandchild; the special birthday celebration of a family member; the trip of a lifetime with his wife to Australia and New Zealand; or even watching his children and grandchildren compete in baseball games, basketball practice, track meets, and swim meets. His children and grandchildren brought an instant smile to his face. He also enjoyed time with his numerous friends, playing golf and sipping cold ones or cheering on his favorite Detroit and Michigan sports teams, which he followed with great dedication.

Pat is survived by his wife Lisa; his three children, Steven Kemp, Shawn (Simon) Raisig, and Ryan Kemp; his four step-daughters, Caitlin (Jonathan) Houston, Amanda (Dave Giss) Lovely, Jennifer (Nate Lipp) Lovely, and Holly (Mitch Hantz) Lovely; and his seven grandchildren, Bailey, Jameson, Kylie, Hannah, Nathan, Catherine, and Hendrik. Pat is also survived by two brothers, Timothy (Angela) Kemp and Mark (Laura) Kemp; his sister-in-law Brenda Kemp; nieces Kristi (David) Kemp Fuller and Melissa Kemp, and nephew Andrew Kemp; as well as many cousins and his beloved Aunt Mary. Pat was predeceased by his parents, Wallace and Geraldine, as well as his brother Danny.

Per Pat’s wishes, cremation will take place. His ashes will be interred privately at Lakeview Cemetery in Clarkston, Michigan at a later date. There will also be a public celebration of life scheduled for a later date this summer. Information will be distributed via social media platforms as it becomes available.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Pat’s name to one of the following organizations:

• (For the most direct assistance to Ryan) 3rd Circle:
• Autism Speaks:
• The Autism Alliance of Michigan:
• Offering Alternative Therapy with Smiles (O.A.T.S.):

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  1. Gerhard Scheerle posted an image:
    16 Apr 2024
    Although we rarely met him I liked Pat very much. I like to remember in 2015 when Pat and Lisa were visiting us together with Shawn, Simon and baby Hannah. <br />
Gerhard & Elisabeth
    Although we rarely met him I liked Pat very much. I like to remember in 2015 when Pat and Lisa were visiting us together with Shawn, Simon and baby Hannah.
    Gerhard & Elisabeth

  2. Kathryn DeLand says:
    07 Apr 2024
    I have worked with Pat for 4 years! There is one thing for sure, he loved his son Ryan and was a huge advocate for him getting the best care possible. He spent hours researching and providing opportunities for Ryan that not many individuals had. He was a wonderful dad and I will work towards maintaining Ryan’s up most care and will continue to advocate him just as his dad would want me too. I will miss our monthly visits as they were all filled with laughter. Pat enjoyed honesty, integrity, he could spot it from a mile away. I will always remember you and God bless ur family during this difficult time.

  3. KAREN EBBEN says:
    07 Apr 2024
    Pat, as my work brother of almost 50 years, over many careers, you will be so missed. You were passionate about always doing the right thing, even if it was tough for you. Your big heart, candor and friendship carried many through unique circumstances, while your encouragement, perseverance and loyalty were always very appreciated. Your sudden departure has created a hole in the hearts of friends and family, but I know you're looking out for everyone from above.

  4. Jennifer Lovely says:
    05 Apr 2024
    Pat was always supportive and encouraging. Would do anything for the people he loves. A great man with a huge heart. We lost you too soon

  5. Mark Kemp says:
    05 Apr 2024
    Pat will always be remembered for his dedication to helping others, especially ones in need, like Autism. Pat worked endless hours making sure his son Ryan had everything he needed. I will definitely miss my brother, until we meet again.

  6. Jeff Heichel says:
    05 Apr 2024
    Pat was a great friend and colleague during our days together working for Cadillac. You could always count on Pat for support and a great idea on how to make the business run better. I always admired his dedication to his family - the true mark of a man.

  7. Dan Smith lit a candle:
    04 Apr 2024
    Lit since April 4, 2024 at 4:51:29 PM

  8. Shawn Raisig posted an image:
    04 Apr 2024
    Pat and Lisa at daughter Shawn and son-in-law Simon's wedding in Germany, 2012
    Pat and Lisa at daughter Shawn and son-in-law Simon's wedding in Germany, 2012

  9. Andrew Reyntjes says:
    04 Apr 2024
    Pat was an outstanding man and a great boss and good friend. He cared and loved his family and friends and had a good heart. Whatever he got involved in he made a positive difference and helped others. Such men are rare in this world. RIP my Friend.

  10. Shawn Raisig posted an image:
    04 Apr 2024
    Pat (my dad) with his grandchildren Hannah and Hendrik
    Pat (my dad) with his grandchildren Hannah and Hendrik

  11. Dale Hagland says:
    04 Apr 2024
    I’ve known Pat since 7th grade at Anderson. He will be missed. Rest in Peace., Pat.

  12. Terry Coughlin says:
    04 Apr 2024
    Rest in peace, Pat… We all love and miss you❤️
    Cousin Terry

  13. Cyndi Miller says:
    04 Apr 2024
    Prayers to all and I know he was loved by all of family. He was kind and loved very much by Lisa.

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