Clarence Rumph Jr., 91, chief medical lab technician, jazz musician, active clergyman | Featured obituaries


A guitarist, he was active in the Colored Musicians Club, where he was a teacher and performer for over 25 years. He was also the club’s treasurer for 20 years.

He has performed with Willie Dorsey and the Last Word Jazz Researchers Big Band, Art Anderson and His Modern Sounds, the George Scott Big Band, and the Larry Salter Soul Orchestra.

He performed with students from Mohammed’s School of Music for the Buffalo Black Achievers Awards program. He has also appeared in the M&T Plaza Summer Event Series, Mayor Byron Brown’s Picnic, Pappy Martin’s Legacy Jazz Festival, and the Niagara Falls Community Center.

Also involved in college mentoring, he has assisted youth in math and science through Bill Bennet’s Mentor 2000 program and Henry Williams’ Tiger Woods Inner City Golf program.

Active with New Hope Baptist Church since arriving in Buffalo in 1954, he was a Sunday School teacher and superintendent, administrator and president of the Jeter Family Scholarship Fund. He has also been active in the Men’s Fellowship, the Male Chorus and the Gospel Choir.

He and his 65-year-old wife, former Anne Hopkins, received the New Hope Baptist Church’s Helping Somebody Award in 2018 at Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.’s annual scholarship breakfast.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a sister, Mary Lee Davis, and many nieces and nephews.


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