Edwin Benjamin WEMP

Male 1927 - 2000  (72 years)


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  • Name Edwin Benjamin WEMP 
    Born 14 Oct 1927  Amherst Island Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 31 May 2000  Kingston, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Glenwood Cemetery, Kingston, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I5198  Wemple Family Ancestry
    Last Modified 13 Dec 2017 

    Father Norman Edward WEMP,   b. 02 Nov 1905, Amherst Island, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Mar 1969, Amherst Island, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Mother Sara Jane GLENN,   b. 14 Oct 1904, Amherst Island, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 09 Jan 1961  (Age 56 years) 
    Married 26 Jan 1925  Amherst Isalnd, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1610  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Eleanor June COOKE 
    Children 
     1. Deborah Jean WEMP
     2. Janice Marie WEMP
    Last Modified 13 Dec 2017 
    Family ID F1619  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Barbara Jackson BUSTARD 
    Last Modified 13 Dec 2017 
    Family ID F1620  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • From papers sent to the compiler by Michael L. Wemple, Bay City, MI on September 5, 2000:

      THE KINSTON WHIG-STANDARD (date unknown)

      WEMP ONE OF THE BEST

      By Doug Graham, Whig-Standard Staff Writer

      Benny Wemp of Amherst Island, whose involvement in harness racing spanned four decades, passed away on Wednesday at Kingston General.

      Mr. Wemp, 72, had remained active in standardbred racing as a trainer in recent years. His latest racer, the trotter Worthy Balance, was training for another season.

      Benny was still very active (in harness racing). He was going to claim (a horse) at Belleville, too, said Steve Skene, a family friend.

      At one time, he campaigned all over and he was one of the best. Anybody that got to know Benny had to like him.

      Mr. Wemp was the leading driver at the old Kingston Memorial Centre track several times and remained a top driver-trainer when racing moved to Kingston Park Raceway. He set a unique record in the late 1970's when he drove six winners, all with his won horses.

      He was a combination driver and trainer and he was very good at both, said Skene, who became one of the drivers Wemp used frequently.

      (Benny) was the best at one time, so when he asked you to drive, it was a real compliment, Skene said.

      While he trained both pacers and trotters over the years, it was no secret on the island that Mr. Wemp's preference was for a good trotter.

      He always loved a trotter, Skene said. Benny had sort of a lot of great patience with trotters. He could hang a horse up really good.

      Mr. Wemp, who was last active as a driver in 1994, was still involved in training. He had 216 career racing wins and 77 victories as a trainer.

      Some of the pacing mares from his stable were Allison Scott, Debby Jan Scott, the trotter Hustin Hoss that went on to race at the Jockey Club and Docside, a pacer that won more than $500,000 at the Meadowlands.

      One of his most successful racers, Worthey Balance will bring Mr. Wemp home to rest today at Glenwood Cemetery, next to St. Paul's Presbyterian Church on Amherst Island.

      Wemp had a history of being able to turn around a troubled horse, particularly trotters.

      Worthy Balance was bred to trot, but he was on the pace when Benny got him, Skene said. Benny wanted to prove he could trot. He said he could get him trotting and he did.

      Today, the trotter Mr. Wemp paid $800 for and which ended up winning more than $25,000, will bring his body to the island and his gravesite. Skene will be the driver, travelling along a straight stretch of island road that Mr. Wemp also was a purser on the Amherst Island ferry for many years.


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