We have only known Kevin Keinlein for about three years. But in that time, we have become good friends and musical colleagues.
As part-time Vernon residents, we got to see him play at the legion with his one-man-band, watch him do his photography magic at Vernon’s Our Kids Have Talent shows, and have him over for musical jams at our home.
As part-time Edmonton residents, we were able to take him to a few open stages in the city while he was visiting the University of Alberta Hospital, and of course we had him over for jams at our home. We believe, and are proud, that Kevin’s last musical public appearance was at our own Uptown Folk Club, where a DVD of his three-song performance was made.
Kevin was an exceptional musical performer, playing many different instruments and singing in his unique style. He was a musical technician, as witnessed by his one-man-band productions, which covered a broad spectrum of more than 700 songs. And he was a gifted music instructor who passed his skills on to many folks.
In addition to the music, Kevin displayed his talents in a wide variety of pursuits, including professional photography, ham radio, inspirational speaking and Toastmasters.
In getting to know Kevin, we quickly came to realize that he was a gentle soul and a gentle man, with a spirit that was inspiring to us all. We never heard him complain and he never gave up on himself.
He was a fighter through all of his infirmities. He was caring, courageous and creative. We are honoured and thankful to have shared time with our friend Kevin.
Karen and Steve Gosse