Ward C. Camp found dead of gunshot wound

The News Journal, Wilmington, Del., Jan. 4, 1984

North St. Georges – Ward C. Camp, 30, of 14 Main St., a founding former member of the Newark-based rock band called Bad Sneakers, died Thursday from a gunshot wound to the head, according to State Medical Examiner Ali Z. Hameli. Hameli said Monday that there was no evidence of foul play, and no further examination is being conducted.

Mr. Camp was found by a friend at his apartment in a recording studio he owned at the Main Street address, according to members of his former band.

Mr. Camp had been a keyboard player with Bad Sneakers from when the band was formed in 1979 until he left the band last June, to take over the former M&K Studios in North St. Georges. He co-produced and wrote the title song for the group’s recent album, “Sneak Attack.”

Mr. Camp recently produced albums on his Now and Then Records label for two Wilmington pop music acts, the Johnny Neel Band and solo singer-guitarist Jerry “Crabmeat” Thompson.

At the time of his death, he was working as producer for another Bad Sneakers album.

Mr. Camp, originally from Washington, D.C., moved to Maryland’s Eastern Shore in 1969 and came to the Newark area in 1980. He was a 1976 honors graduate of the University of Miami, with a degree in music business.

He is survived by his mother, Martha Calland Camp of Georgetown, Md.; a brother, Jeff C. of Silver Spring, Md.; and two sisters, Gail Huggett, of Tulsa, Okla., and Paige Camp of Hilton Head, S.C.

Memorial services will be Thursday morning at 11:30 at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Earleville, Md. Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the American Cancer Society, 1708 Lovering Ave., Wilmington 19806.

Ward, 1981