Former Calverton resident Ernie Kempermann of Maricopa, Ariz., died Jan. 5, 2014, at Chandler (Ariz.) Regional Medical Center. He was 76.
He was born in East Meadow Feb. 2, 1937, to Ruth (Borman) and Ernest Kempermann Sr. He served in the U.S. Army and was a jet mechanic for Grumman Aircraft in Calverton for 17 years.
A former owner of the Carving Board restaurant in Calverton, Mr. Kempermann also owned and operated the Village Crossroads restaurant there for 30 years, which his wife, Carole, said he built “mostly by himself.” She recalled his love for building, describing how he rebuilt a beach house and loved restoring old cars. Ms. Kempermann also said they were happily married for 48 years and described her husband as someone who “loved to travel and have fun.”
In addition to his wife, Mr. Kempermann is survived by three daughters, Donna Pierro of Riverhead, Debbie McColum of Somers, Conn., and Colleen O’Brien of Calverton; three sons, Ernest III, of Southampton, Shaun Brady of San Mateo, Calif., and Carl, of Phoenix, Ariz.; a sister, Lynn Parish of Huntington; and nine grandchildren.
The family will receive visitors Friday, Jan. 10, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace R.C. Church in Maricopa, where a funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Marcos Velasquez.
Funeral arrangements were handled by J. Warren Funeral Services, Cole & Maud Gardens Chapel in Casa Grande, Ariz.
A memorial service will be held on Long Island, Tuesday, Feb. 11, at St. Sylvester’s R.C. Church in Medford, Father Tom Colby officiating. The time is to be determined.