IN MEMORY: Remembering Bruce

Stephen Bruce Kemp (Bruce) of Wondai is remembered as a caring and helpful man. Pictures: CONTRIBUTED.

Only after Stephen Bruce Kemp, affectionately known as Bruce, was killed his family discovered he used to cook and deliver meals to Wondai residents.

This caring nature and his easy-going character are a couple things Bruce is remembered for.

The fourth child of Jack and Phyllis Kemp, Bruce was born on 10 May 1969 and died on 3 May 2020 – one week short of his 61st birthday.

Bruce’s sister Diane Baker said she missed her brother’s kindness.

“Bruce had a mate down the road who couldn’t get up and down his stairs so Bruce put a ramp in for him,” she said.

“He was very sweet to our parents. When dad had a stroke he helped mum care for him.”

Bruce attended Wondai State School and then Wondai High to Year 10.

While at school and after leaving school Bruce played soccer, and his mum took boys around to play and cheered them on.

Bruce also coached some soccer teams.

After leaving school, Bruce worked at Wondai Sawmill with his dad for many years, and then worked for South Burnett Security.

Bruce loved poultry and spent many hours preparing them for showing.

He also travelled many hours to get the best birds, and enjoyed showing them at the Wondai Show.

Bruce’s other passion was speedway, and together with the Harm boys he drove at Kingaroy and travelled to other towns to compete.

Bruce and his brothers also helped their mum with her chihuahua show dogs.

The Kemp family remembers Bruce as a compassionate man who was easy to get along with and eager to help anybody with anything.