Robert Rice Hemp Sr., 83, phone company manager

April 22, 2004

Robert Rice Hemp Sr., a longtime Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. employee, died of complications from a stroke Saturday at his Westminster home. He was 83.

Born and raised in Frederick County, he attended public schools and worked as a civilian electrician in a Navy shipyard at Norfolk, Va., before joining the telephone company, now known as Verizon. He worked 36 years for C&P in Baltimore, retiring in 1981 as a manager.

Mr. Hemp's wife of 61 years, the former Mary Rachel McMahan, died in October.

He was a past president and life member of the Westminster Lions Club, and a member of Door to Virtue Masonic Lodge No. 46 and Boumi Temple in Baltimore. He had a second home in Ocean City and was a member of the Ocean City Shrine Club.

He was a past treasurer of Sons of the American Revolution in Carroll County and a member of the Westminster Elks.

Services were held yesterday at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Westminster, where Mr. Hemp was a member.

Survivors include a son, Robert R. Hemp Jr. of Medford, N.J.; a daughter, Sallie A. Hemp of Westminster; and two grandchildren.

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