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 Post subject: Frederick Fennell has passed
PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2004 10:18 am 
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I thought it appropriate to pass this information on to those that are interested.

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-----Original Message-----
From: Cathy Fennell Martensen
Sent: Tuesday, December 07, 2004 10:37 AM
Subject: Fred Fennell


I've managed to reach some of you by phone, others not, and I did not want
to leave this as a voice message.

I want you, and the greater music community to know that my father died
peacefully in his sleep early this morning, Tuesday, December 7, 2004.
Elizabeth and I were by his side. I had promised him that I would do all I
could to get him back to Siesta Key so he could watch the sun set over the
ocean. With the help of Hospice, he arrived home in time to see the
brilliant orange and pinks in the western skies last evening. A bit before
Midnight, dad told me he was "frustrated and disappointed." When I asked
him, "Why?" he replied, "There's no drummer here yet. I can't die without a
drummer!" I told him that I loved him, and that "Heaven's best drummer was
on the way." Moments later he said, "I hear him! I hear him! I'm OK now."
This was my final conversation with my dad.

I was blessed to be able to dress my father in his finest set of tails after
he died, complete with the usual struggle with his tie. Elizabeth asked if
he could be "dressed up" and I could think of nothing finer for a lasting
memory. Dad asked to be cremated and that I scatter his ashes in the woods
at Interlochen, Michigan this summer. This, of course, I will do.

Elizabeth is OK at this point. We are closely watching her, monitoring her
blood sugar levels and seeing that she gets the diet and rest she needs
after such a life transition.

There will be a small Memorial Service at a church in Siesta Key. No date
or time has been set yet. As knowledge of my father's death is
communicated, please keep both Elizabeth and me in your prayers.

Fondly > Cathy Fennell Martensen

Feel free to forward this email.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2004 10:41 am 
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Thanks Dave...I posted a short blurb up on the Marching Band forum

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While I didn't always appreciate his interpretations of music, his contribution to the band world is immeasurable. RIP.


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 Post subject: Fredrick Fennell
PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2004 3:33 pm 
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Fredrick's passing will be a great loss indeed. He conducted one of the last honor bands that I had the pleasure to witness and it was an extraordinary performance.
My family and church are praying for his remaining family.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2004 5:02 pm 
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Very sad.. and touching..

May Fredrick Fennell rest in peace.

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man that sucks another legend goes down. Rest in peace bud. Gives me more of a want to continue with drums. RIP

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For those who are not aware of this man's feats:

http://www.dws.org/ffennell.htm

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From my email today:

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All members of the band community will want to be aware of the fact that Fred Fennell will be honored during the In Memoriam segment of ABC-TV`s "This Week with George Stephanopolous." The program will air 10:30-11:30 EST this Sunday (December 12).

The In Memoriam segment generally appears during the final 10 minutes of the program.

Please share this information with all who might be interested.
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