Paul Kemberling, obituary

Mon, 10/21/2019 - 7:15pm

CAMDEN — Paul Kemberling passed unexpectedly on October 13, 2019 while on vacation in Cancun, Mexico, with his wife Vicky Willey and friends Dominique Hoppe and David Ashby by his side.

Paul was born in Tucson, Arizona, and attended high school at Holy Cross Abbey in Canon City, Colorado, finishing at public high school in Tucson.

He graduated from the University of Arizona at Tucson with a double major in psychology and speech communications.  He earned his M.A. at the California Institute of Integral Studies in Integral Counseling and became a licensed psychotherapist.  He met Vicky Willey, his wife, in San Francisco where they married and had their three children, Eli, Jeremiah, and Grace.

Paul was an avid biker, hiker, and cross-country skier.

He sang as a Bass I in Midcoast Community Chorus for the past few years.

He participated at his children’s schools, attending both events and trips.

Paul’s professional life, as a mental health clinician, involved the recovery community, Knox County jail, and his own private practice. He had a passion for politics and debated often with others. This passion accompanied his unique sense of humor that those close to him understood. 

He is predeceased by Dr. Sidney R. and Marian (Dunn) Kemberling (1984 and 1989 respectively) in addition to his brothers, Eugene in 1999, and Konrad 2007.

He is survived by his wife, Vicky Willey, and their children, Eli, 27; Jeremiah, 22; and Grace, 20.

He is survived by Marian and Bernie Jacobs with children Georgia D’Ella, Randall Jacobs and their spouses and children; Mary Lou Kemberling, wife of Eugene, and their children, Nathaniel, Christine Stauffer, Amy, Sara Penick and their spouses and children; Randy Kemberling and wife Maureen Vanacore; Chris and Michele Kemberling with their children Laura Olamai, Tim, Kyle, Wuinn and Amber, their spouses and children;  Debbie Kemberling (wife of Konrad) their children Matt and Kane, their spouses and child; Frank Kemberling (late wife Lynn) their children Josh and Jacque, their spouses and children; Rev. Andrew Kemberling; Peter Kemberling; Teresa and Chuck Goldsmith and their children Chuck and Mary, their spouses and child. 

Paul has several cousins scattered throughout the United States both East and West of the Mississippi. His family is of Pennsylvania Dutch origins and his paternal grandparents founded the Dutch Pantry’s up and down the East Coast which was a big deal at the time.

A very warm thank you for the support of family and friends since this event. The Kemberling/Willey family feels held and blessed to have such a wonderful support system. A celebration of life will be announced in the coming months for those who wish to pay their respects.

To share a memory or condolence with the Kemberling/Willey family, please visit their Book of Memories at 

Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland.