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Remarks made at
Kenn Graddick's Memorial Service, November 18, 2005
the San Francisco Opera Supernumeraries are paid to be silent, so I
am not the public speaker that I feel I should be to give a proper
to my friend. On stage, Kenn exuded stateliness, though he never sought
the spotlight, unlike some of us hams! Still, he was a star in my life.
ago, Kenn walked into my salon for a manicure and we spent an hour
together on a semi-weekly basis for over 25 years.
that comes from sharing life's many experiences. I rejoiced at
his happiness with his marriage to Francee and when Chandler came
into their lives
and Kenn's great pride in their many accomplishments. And he
endured my Richter-scale
rantings after breakups with boyfriends, broken engagements and
even a bad end to a difficult marriage. He would reel me in with that
smile that said, "I know you're a bigger person than this." There
he was, that signpost that promised that there were good-hearted
honorable men out there and Kenn would listen as I talked out my
pain. He was
a cornerstone to the foundation of my life. I never had to question
be there for me. He proved it many times.
When we lose someone we love, it tears out a space in our souls.
We can fill up that void with the best of the person we
have lost, incorporating
those qualities into our spirit and thereby keeping them with
us always. To my heart, I have added a great portion of graciousness,
a deep strength that comes from the power of enduring, so that
I need those qualities, Kenn will be there.
- Kimberly Thompson