William "Billy Kaye" Krempasky

William "Billy Kaye" Krempasky

January 16, 1937 ‐ June 06, 2022
William "Billy Kaye" Krempasky
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio Resided In: Westlake, Ohio Visitation: July 29, 2022 Service: July 30, 2022

Age 85, born January 16, 1937 went home to be with the Lord on June 6, 2022.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Nancy Louise Krempasky (nee Kalat) who was the love of his life for 55 years! He is survived by his 3 children William (Sally) Krempasky, Laura (Brian) Kapalka and Dave (Tricia) Krempasky, his sister Mary Jo Liba (Jack) and loving grandfather of Kyle, Paul, Catherine and Matthew.

William was born in Cleveland, OH to Stephen & Margaret Krempasky and graduated from John Adams High School. He spent a brief period in the US Coast Guard and US Army Reserves before pursuing his passion in the music and entertainment industry.

For Billy Kaye, music was his life! He played accordion, standup acoustic & electric bass guitar and also was a gifted singer. He started his musical career playing nightclubs, weddings, fashion shows, and charity events. He played at Jacobs Field, the Nautica Queen, Costa Cruise line, many country clubs, party centers, retirement communities, parades, and many local concerts in the park.

He was a proud member of the Cleveland Federation of Musicians, and had the privilege of entertaining several Presidents when they came to campaign and fundraise in northeast Ohio. One of his favorite events was entertaining the lunchtime crowds on Cleveland’s Mall C.  Whenever his wife or daughter were in attendance, he would always sing “Nancy” and “Laura” as a tribute to them.  He especially knew how to connect with people and make them feel special at any event. He brought joy through his gift of music to many people. As everyone knows, musicians don’t retire! He actually played an Easter Sunday Brunch “gig” this past April at a party center in Westlake - his hometown since 1966.

He especially loved his wife Nancy, his children & grandchildren! He was an avid saver and enjoyed, travelling and attending events at local senior centers and churches.  He will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him!

Visitation will be Friday, July 29 at Jenkins Funeral Chapel from 6-8pm 2914 Dover Center Rd, Westlake, OH 44145. Funeral Mass will be Saturday, July 30 at 11am at St. Ladislas Catholic Church 2335 Bassett Rd, Westlake, OH 44145.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to Cleveland Foodbank

Guest Comments

Beverly Kazanoff
Boca Raton Florida

I worked with Billy.I was the hostess when he played
at the Parkbrook Lounge In the late 60's I remember when he met Nancy God will take care of him he was a wonderful man My loving thoughts and prayers to all his family

William J Krempasky (son)
Sagamore Hills, Oh

Miss you so much Dad! I learned so much from you over the years - how to be a good father, husband, & friend! I know these last few months were not easy, but I am comforted knowing that you are now reunited with Nancy, your parents, your brother, and Jesus Christ our savior in Heaven! Love you forever, Bill, Sally, Kyle, Paul, & Catherine