‘Squid’ remembered at racecourse

Some of the Kemp family at the memorial day. Back: David Kemp, Grant Kemp, Paul Kemp, Brenton Kemp, Tony Kemp, Bob Kemp; middle: Shelley Kemp, Steve Markham, Leonie Kemp, Sharon Kemp, Barb McDonald; front: Grady Kemp, Adam Kemp and Adam Kemp. Pictures: CHARLOTTE MARTIN 382948_02

Peter “Squid” Kemp was remembered last Wednesday, January 10 at the Port Lincoln Racecourse as family, friends and punters turned out for the aptly named Peter “Squid” Kemp Memorial Day.

Squid joined the Port Lincoln Race Club (PLRC) committee in the late 1980s and was chairman for 19 years.

He died on September 18, 2023 and was the beloved husband of Ann and father of Paul, Leonie and Angela.

Paul released a statement noting how much his father loved horse racing.

“His tremendous contributions to the Port Lincoln Racing Club grew from his passion,” it read.

“In his time as a committee member, then from 1990 to 2020 as chairman, dad worked tirelessly to build the club’s status as a major regional racing club. Dad oversaw the development of major infrastructure and significantly increased the club’s profile.

“He remained a passionate supporter of the club and would, no doubt, be – as my sister and I are – thrilled with this memorial day. We wish to thank the PLRC for this honour.”

The family was honoured for the celebration of Squid’s life and achievements.