Lost my mentor and friend

ErnieM

Ernie
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I just found out that my friend and mentor, Paul Kennedy, has died. In the mid 1980's I met Paul and he took me under his wing. For the next 6 years, he taught me all he knew about harpsichord building. As we lived a couple of miles apart, I was in his shop constantly - asking questions that were always demonstrated and answered. Eventually, he and his wife moved to Indiana to be closer to his daughter. We spoke on the telephone a few times a years ever since, and our conversations lasted for hours.

When I first visited his garage/shop, I was amazed at the lack of machinery I found. He had and old, rickety table saw, and and equally old, and equally rickety bandsaw. It took me years to convince him to buy a planer, which he finally did (probably to shut me up). That was perhaps the first and most important lesson he taught me - it's not always the quality of the machines, but the quality of the man or woman using them, that counts. Here's an example of Paul's work - made with his rickety machinery.

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Paul was the kindest, most generous person I've ever known. RIP my dear friend.

Ernie
 

Gotcha6

Dennis
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Looks like he was pretty handy with a paintbrush too.....
I'm sure you'll miss him.
 

sawman101

Bruce Swanson
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My condolences on the passing of your friend Ernie. Looking at the above picture, and seeing the pictures of your creations, I'd say bhe taught you very well!
 

JohnW

John
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Ernie, I'm sure he was very proud of the work you do and in knowing he helped you along the way. Our lives are richer because of mentors like Mr. Kennedy. Rest in peace.
 

Bear Republic

Steve
Senior User
Sorry for your loss, mentors like that are a loss to us all. With the quality of work you produce must have made him proud.
 

ScottM

Scott
Staff member
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Ernie I am so sorry for the loss of your friend. Hang on to all those good memories and honor him in all you do.
 

Hmerkle

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Hank
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It is hard to lose someone who had such an impact on your life, but you carry on a little piece of his DNA with your talent. I think it is wonderful that he was so giving and obviously a great teacher!
 

CaptnA

Andy
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Ernie I am sorry for your loss. A bond such as you describe is not something that happens often. I hope you find comfort in the lessons you were taught - it sure seems all of them were not about woodworking! You learned well and I hope will continue to carry on the work for some time to come. Blessed be~
 

drw

Donn
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Erine, I am so sorry about your loss. I am confident, however, that his legacy can be counted not only in the instruments he crafted but in those he inspired - you! Thank you for sharing him with us.
 

Gotcha6

Dennis
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I will add, too, that your willingness to pass along your knowledge in the form of your harpsichord building file uploaded here shows a continuance of his mentor tradition by you.
 

ErnieM

Ernie
Corporate Member
Looks like he was pretty handy with a paintbrush too.....
I'm sure you'll miss him.
Before his retirement, he was the artistic director for Dover books. Practically every book published by Dover had Paul's artwork on their covers. Ironically, painting harpsichord lids was his least favorite part of the construction - possibly because that's what he did at work for all those years.
 

Jim M.

Woody
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Sorry for your loss Ernie, it's tough when you lose a close friend. He'll always live on in your memories and stories you share about him.
 

Gotcha6

Dennis
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Mom always said, "Sorrow shared is sorrow halved and joy shared is joy doubled." Glad you are willing to share bot with us.
 

ErnieM

Ernie
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Thanks everyone. Most of us can point to a person that has had a profound influence on our lives. Paul was that for me, and he will be missed.
 

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