One of my best friends and a valued mentor in all aspects of life passed away this morning. Clifton (Bob) Kennedy was a musician, entrepreneur, family man and all-around good guy. I first met him in October of 1987 when I first walked into his Dew Drop Inn on the corner of Shaw Avenue and Hwy 99 in Fresno.
Over the years, I’ve had the honor of working for him and with him in a variety of endeavors. As a musician, he was superb and as a friend, he is one of the best I’ve ever known. He and his family essentially took me in when my own father passed away and over the years, they have been strong and steady supporters of my efforts. When times were bad, they were like a rock to lean on and when times were good, they celebrated my successes.
Bob, I’m going to miss you. Thank you for everything and God bless you. Farewell.