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My Father, Walter Ben Kendall Jr


paul_0001_NEWI have received some very saddening news that my father, Walter Ben Kendall Junior, had passed away at the age of 77. I just want to take a moment to share with all of you what he meant to me as my father. Without the support system that he built within my family, I wouldn’t be who I am today. When I was nine years old, my dad bought me my first guitar, which was an acoustic Spanish guitar. He noticed I didn’t take the gift lightly, because I would play it every day for the next year. When it got close to Christmas, I told him I really wanted to get an electric guitar and an amp. He told me that he was sorry but that it had been a really rough year and that he didn’t have the money to be able to afford to get me the guitar and amp. “Maybe for your birthday,” he said. On Christmas morning, that year, I walked out to the Christmas tree and there my new guitar and amp sat. I’ll never forget his smile. I was so surprised! My father grew up in a very musical family and was very skilled at playing the jazz trumpet. I am very lucky to have been his son, because without his musical background, I would not be where I am today. Not only did I have the gift of music in my blood, but my father was so supportive of my decisions when it came to music. I was always encouraged with such a great father in my corner. Growing up, I played baseball from the ages of seven to eighteen. Not one year went by that he wasn’t either my coach or my team’s manager. He would always brag to his friends about how many hitters I struck out, or home runs that I hit and I always took away confidence from my father which helped me build character over the years. I will never forget my dad. He means the world to me, and I am going to miss him very much. I am thankful to carry on his love for music, sports and the importance of family to my own children. I know he is at peace. I love you dad!

Mark Kendall

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Mark,
I am so sorry about your dad, he sounds like a really good man, I wish you my heartfelt condolances....carry on the music for him, you are so good on those Fender's, you make him proud I am sure! Julie in Idaho
Julesecho , June 19, 2012
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Hi Mark, I haven't been on the site in a while and read of your deep loss. Praying that God will comfort you as you mourn. He promised us this: Blessed are those that mourn, for they shall be comforted. God Bless Mark, see ya down the road bro.....
Denis7 , June 15, 2012
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Hello,

C'est un très très bel hommage que tu fait à ton père...
Il fallait le faire absoluement d'après les sentiments que tu évoques, aussi bien pour toi que pour lui. Je suis Français,j'habite à côté de Paris et je suis heuruex de voir que Great White reprend la route ce qui me permetra d'aller enfin vous voir a Vauréal à la rentrée prochaine...

Musicalement...

Bidouille (Franck)
Franck , June 10, 2012
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Dear Mr. Mark,
I'm very sorry to hear about your loss. I can imagine how you feel,I know what's pain and now I pray every day so that happiness can heal your heart. You helped me in a similar moment with the words you said in an interview and now I'd like to be able to do something for you. I put a pic of yours on my computer desktop so that every time I see it I can pray for your happiness. I'm sure your father is always next to you and will help you. You're a very good person with a big heart. Love you Mr. Mark.
AWhiterRose , June 07, 2012
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Mark, sorry to hear about your Dad. It sounds like he was a great man, and obviously a huge influence on yourself. Peace be with you and your family.
boycbronco , June 06, 2012
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Mark I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Lost my Dad last year in May, it was rough but I know he is in heaven with Jesus and our Father!
Jimmy , June 03, 2012

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