Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Bill Kennedy, 54, of Medina, Plain Dealer photographer, Bottleneck guitarist

Bill Kennedy, 54, of Medina, Ohio, an award-winning photographer for The Plain Dealer of Cleveland, Ohio, died July 20, 2009.

Bill had an uncanny ability to drive down a road or walk through a newsroom and spot something from which he would create an amazingly artistic photo or imaginative photo illustration.

A gallery of his photos and samples of his music as guitarist for country-rock band Bottleneck are featured with his obituary in The Plain Dealer.

In the obit, Grant Segall of The Plain Dealer sums up Bill's career, which began at the Fremont News-Messenger in Fremont, Ohio, and conveys some of the unique aspects of Bill's personality.

Segall writes: "Kennedy seemed to like everybody and everything. . . . He seemed to know thousands of people and call them all 'Buddy' regardless of gender."

Terry Oblander, who worked with Bill at The Plain Dealer's Medina Bureau, shared more about his buddy in MedinaCountyLife.com' s "Life Celebrations" blog.

Michael Heaton, the Plain Dealer's Minister of Culture, elaborated on that theme in his column: To Bill Kennedy, everyone was a buddy

Hundreds of Bill's buddies attend a "celebration of life" luncheon Saturday, July 25, 2009, at Waite and Son Funeral Home, 765 N. Court St., Medina.

Bill is survived by his wife, Megan (nee MClelland); sons, Patrick of Medina and David of Cincinnati; his beloved golden retriever, Jazzy; his former wife, Beth Ann Savard and her triplets, Samantha, Sarah and Jacob.

In recent years, Bill made several trips to Houston, Texas, for cancer treatment. His family suggests memorial contributions be made to MD Anderson Cancer Center, Sarcoma Medical Oncology, Unit 450, Attn: Dr. Benjamin, 1400 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, Texas 77030.

Bill and Meg's last vacation: Bill's words; Photos

Condolences and more: www.waitefuneralhome.com

This obituary was posted originally on ObitsOhio.com on July 21, 2009.

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