Larry Russell

New York, NY

#62 Aug 15, 2011
Benchmark wrote:
What better way to honor and memorialize Bernard than to dedicate a bench to him. It is a time-honored thing in Sea Cliff. If you have anything better in mind, Family Stone, we're wide open to suggestions.
Let's keep this topic more friendly, Bernard was a very friendly and funny guy. Remember?

Does anyone have a video of him playing 'live' with a band? If we could get a few videos, maybe I could edit them to make a video for Youtube, in his honor; that would stay there a long while as well....just my two cents.
Leave it to Bernard

Brooklyn, NY

#63 Aug 16, 2011
Larry Russell wrote:
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Let's keep this topic more friendly, Bernard was a very friendly and funny guy. Remember?
Does anyone have a video of him playing 'live' with a band? If we could get a few videos, maybe I could edit them to make a video for Youtube, in his honor; that would stay there a long while as well....just my two cents.
Thanks for your two cents, Larry. We all know how much you thought of Bernard and how interested you are in keeping his memory alive.
You're right about keeping it light and lively, because that's the way Bernard was. The videos sound like a great idea. The thought of still being able to be entertained by Bernard is astounding.
Larry Russell

New York, NY

#64 Sep 2, 2011
Leave it to Bernard wrote:
<quoted text>
Thanks for your two cents, Larry. We all know how much you thought of Bernard and how interested you are in keeping his memory alive.
You're right about keeping it light and lively, because that's the way Bernard was. The videos sound like a great idea. The thought of still being able to be entertained by Bernard is astounding.
Thank you; now let's make it happen.
thefamily stone

West Milford, NJ

#65 Sep 6, 2011
Make what happen?
"Claim to Fame-ers"
who now ride on the back of Bernard Kenny's fumes
now that he's dead
How pathetic~!!!
You...took him for granted when he was alive
& Now you want to imortalize him......!!!
I was there
I was with HIM
I saw the Pain
I lived with it
I loved him
I gave him shelter
I gave him refuge
I woke up to his note.....
He ended his pain
& Now, you want to do for him~!!!
Call me crass....
but the reality is
your guilty...
It's what we do
when we are alive....
He knew me
We knew eachother
Bernard would want me
to say this on his behalf....
Go Fuck Yourself!!!!
Way Off Base

Sea Cliff, NY

#66 Sep 6, 2011
thefamily stone wrote:
Make what happen?
"Claim to Fame-ers"
who now ride on the back of Bernard Kenny's fumes
now that he's dead
How pathetic~!!!
You...took him for granted when he was alive
& Now you want to imortalize him......!!!
I was there
I was with HIM
I saw the Pain
I lived with it
I loved him
I gave him shelter
I gave him refuge
I woke up to his note.....
He ended his pain
& Now, you want to do for him~!!!
Call me crass....
but the reality is
your guilty...
It's what we do
when we are alive....
He knew me
We knew eachother
Bernard would want me
to say this on his behalf....
Go Fuck Yourself!!!!
Y:ou had a good thing golng and then you BLEW IT. With ;your last line, "Go Fuck Yourslef?" I doubt very much that bernard would have wanted you to say this in his behalf. You make yourself sound like some perverse messenger. go back to your glass at partner's so ou can forget for the moment what an ass you jus made of hyourslef. bernard desrves better than hyour tri beaut.
thefamily stone

West Milford, NJ

#67 Sep 9, 2011
Bernard Kenny...I am protecting you from the Beasts that feast on your memory........Even in Your Death I protect you...I speak Your truth....those who knew You......really knew You.....would understand, "GO F-CK YOURSELF"....and maybe, even laugh at themselves- for not seeing the stupidity they are serving You....Bernard, doesn't want his work exploited! Look on the Internet, is there any of his music on there? NO....because,everyone Bernard ever knew and loved, Fucked him over!!!! So, I won't allow You to do this to him in DEATH.....!
Who ever you are....obviously drunk~!!!!! I am sober as the day~!!! & You make yourself look bad...
I know in my heart of hearts that I was the best person who he ever knew...and that change was too late for him.....because, he was tired and the fight was over.
Larry Russell

New York, NY

#68 Sep 10, 2011
Way Off Base wrote:
<quoted text>
Y:ou had a good thing golng and then you BLEW IT. With ;your last line, "Go Fuck Yourslef?" I doubt very much that bernard would have wanted you to say this in his behalf. You make yourself sound like some perverse messenger. go back to your glass at partner's so ou can forget for the moment what an ass you jus made of hyourslef. bernard desrves better than hyour tri beaut.
I really don't know how to defend myself against nonsense.
Look, whoever you think you are or, better yet, who I am.
You don't even know one drop of my intentions. You're so way off, it's not funny. In November of '09, I went on a crusade to find Bernard. There were at least 25 years of separation between us--not in a bad way, but in the usual sense when band mates move on and do other things. And it wasn't like I didn't try to find his other Brother, in NJ. SO, in 2009 I contacted his brother in England and asked him for Bernard's email address, which, I tried and was changed. I did not know this, until I recently found out that Bernard changed it around that time--and because of that, I was unlucky. Maybe it could have made some difference if we were re-united. I could have done some music with him after all these years, who knows? But I know one that thing, The music I did play with the Kenny Bros, was some of the finest music I have ever played, including my time with Billy Joel. Whoever you are, please stop the negativity, because, it is just going to leave a negative impression on all of us. At this point, Bernard knows the real truth here. Amen, Peace!
Way Off Base

Sea Cliff, NY

#69 Sep 10, 2011
Excuse my penchant for changing my moniker to fit the subject, which has confused some people including yourself. BUT I am the guy who suggested some sort of tribute or memorial to Bernard. My suggestion included the bench across from Partners, but that was pooh-poohed by some female friend of his. You come on as larry russell and family stone, bernard's buddy and sidekick. but don't try to tell me that the superfluous, unsolicited and unsavory 'Fuck You' would please him in eternity, which I believe in from the New Apostolic Church that I joined with my friend in April. You disappoint me, larry, because i thought you to be more level-headed than that.
Larry Russell

New York, NY

#70 Sep 11, 2011
Way Off Base wrote:
Excuse my penchant for changing my moniker to fit the subject, which has confused some people including yourself. BUT I am the guy who suggested some sort of tribute or memorial to Bernard. My suggestion included the bench across from Partners, but that was pooh-poohed by some female friend of his. You come on as larry russell and family stone, bernard's buddy and sidekick. but don't try to tell me that the superfluous, unsolicited and unsavory 'Fuck You' would please him in eternity, which I believe in from the New Apostolic Church that I joined with my friend in April. You disappoint me, larry, because i thought you to be more level-headed than that.
I do not understand how a simple gesture of making a video of Bernard Kenny's music turned into a war of words that makes no sense and was not productive... I bid you all a nice life.. and Peace--Out...
Kenny Or Cant He

Sea Cliff, NY

#71 Sep 11, 2011
Well, Larry, sorry you feel that way. Video sounds good. Keep Bernard's memory alive. It has been nice not knowing you.
Joe Krupinski Kenny

Baldwin, NY

#72 Oct 8, 2011
I hope that you are continuing to figure out a tribute to Bernard Kenny as his best friend, Larry and Family Stone. But please do not cast off anybody who wants to help or has some ideas of his/her own.
thefamily stone

Stamford, CT

#73 Dec 10, 2011
Bye bye Boy....love you forever, love you more...your abscence is a sore......but life goes on and when time moves on...I'll meet you in the afterlife......that is sure....but for now, I will live this life like it was my last day, every day..........see you when I see you......<3
Better Judgement

New Hyde Park, NY

#74 Dec 10, 2011
That was a beautiful tribute to Bernard, Family Stone. Is it the anniversary of his death?
thefamily stone

Stamford, CT

#75 Dec 11, 2011
Everyday is an anniversary of some moment!
Better Judgement

New Hyde Park, NY

#76 Dec 11, 2011
Well put, Family Stone. I'll say a prayer for Bernard in Eternity at church today and for you in your obviously painful mourning. Best wishes in this holiday time, which is always the worst when you miss someone. May the presence and love of your family and other friends give you strength.

Also, if you don't have your own church and wish to attend, my bride and I have been going to the New Apostolic Church which she grew up with and introduced me to in February. The closest one to Sea Cliff is in Uniondale at 10:30 a.m. Sundays.

Twice a year they have a Service for the Departed, in which we remember our loved ones. Nice friendly people and hearty free breakfast afterward. Look it up:
newapostolicchurch.org
Jim D

Bethesda, MD

#77 May 31, 2012
I am very late in posting, having just now learned of Bernie's death. I have little to offer other than the memory of a 13 y /o would-be drummer who dreamed to one day play like Bernie Kenny. I grew up in Glen Head and was a freshman when Bernie was a senior at North Shore High (Bernie and my older sister were in the same class). My mom actually sought him out to give me drum lessons, which he did ( although even at that age I sensed that he saw that my skills were forever limited). I did learn, though, and spent some time as a semi-pro drummer after high school, but I still think back to how insanely talented Bernie was.
In the percussion section of the school band, I was completely enamored of Bernie's sense of creative mischief. I last saw him at a reunion concert for our old band director, perhaps 15 years ago, and he still seemed the mischievous teen ( in a good way).
I don't think it likely that Bernie would have remembered me, and I certainly cannot claim to have been his friend, as many of you, but I wanted to share these thoughts.
Jim
Merle miller

United States

#78 Jul 26, 2015
Wow bern, can't believe you are not in the world
Hotel Woman

Great Falls, VA

#79 Oct 18, 2016
I was watching a Keith Richard performance from the 1970's and it reminded me of Bernie Kenny, a guy I had a true first love eternal crush on. I am devastated to learn he is no longer with us. From the first day I saw him, the cool senior... hanging out at the courtyard window in the main hallway of NSHS when I was a freshman in 1974 I was in love. I thought he was the coolest, sexiest, most talented most amazing guy I had ever laid eyes on. God help him I stalked him for that entire year... I would get so nervous every time I saw him I could barely speak... i followed him everywhere... he knew I had a big crush on him but loved playing it cool him being a senior an all... my mom taught at our highschool (his mom was a teacher too), so I always had to be a "good" girl because everyone was always watching me... but oh how I loved him. I even referred to him (in code) in my senior picture blurb.. am not kidding when I say this crush lasted for at least 8 years... even after I graduated college I made a point to find out where he was working, what music he was working on etc...
On the last day of my freshman year and his senior I accidentally ran into him in Mrs. O'Knefski's art room where he was picking up a water color he had drawn that was in the showcase... I walked in and it was just the 2 of us... he actually spoke to me and was very nice... I was shaking so hard I could barely speak... it was the most exciting moment of my life up to that very day. He was really sweet and kind, I was in completely blown away. I so wish I had been able to have him as a friend and known him better. I remember seeing him in concert at "My Father's Place" in Roslyn (sneaking in with fake ID) just so I could see him play. So here I am now, a 55 year old mom, successful career woman, second marriage... and to this day any time I see "a rock and roll guy" who's slim, with a dark shag haircut, who has "the swagger" and struts... I have to catch my breath, and remember Bernie my first true unrequited love with fondness and just a little butterfly in my tummy. I only wish he knew how he rocked my world and how much he mattered to silly old little me.

My sincerest condolences to his family, he was an amazingly talented, kind, and lovely person. I am so dearly sorry for your loss.
Hotel Woman

Great Falls, VA

#80 Oct 18, 2016
Jim D wrote:
I am very late in posting, having just now learned of Bernie's death. I have little to offer other than the memory of a 13 y /o would-be drummer who dreamed to one day play like Bernie Kenny. I grew up in Glen Head and was a freshman when Bernie was a senior at North Shore High (Bernie and my older sister were in the same class). My mom actually sought him out to give me drum lessons, which he did ( although even at that age I sensed that he saw that my skills were forever limited). I did learn, though, and spent some time as a semi-pro drummer after high school, but I still think back to how insanely talented Bernie was.
In the percussion section of the school band, I was completely enamored of Bernie's sense of creative mischief. I last saw him at a reunion concert for our old band director, perhaps 15 years ago, and he still seemed the mischievous teen ( in a good way).
I don't think it likely that Bernie would have remembered me, and I certainly cannot claim to have been his friend, as many of you, but I wanted to share these thoughts.
Jim
Jim I have a feeling we know one another if you were a freshman when Bernie was a senior and you were in band with him... Bless him, I used to stand outside of band practice in the hall every lunch time and stare thru the window up at him in the percussion section in the back of the room... please reply to me and perhaps we can share emails.. not many of us sea cliff-ites down this way that I know of. Sad that it takes the loss of a special person to bring others together... Hotel Woman
John bertsche

Garden City, NY

#81 Oct 18, 2016
Hotel Woman wrote:
I was watching a Keith Richard performance from the 1970's and it reminded me of Bernie Kenny, a guy I had a true first love eternal crush on. I am devastated to learn he is no longer with us. From the first day I saw him, the cool senior... hanging out at the courtyard window in the main hallway of NSHS when I was a freshman in 1974 I was in love. I thought he was the coolest, sexiest, most talented most amazing guy I had ever laid eyes on. God help him I stalked him for that entire year... I would get so nervous every time I saw him I could barely speak... i followed him everywhere... he knew I had a big crush on him but loved playing it cool him being a senior an all... my mom taught at our highschool (his mom was a teacher too), so I always had to be a "good" girl because everyone was always watching me... but oh how I loved him. I even referred to him (in code) in my senior picture blurb.. am not kidding when I say this crush lasted for at least 8 years... even after I graduated college I made a point to find out where he was working, what music he was working on etc...
On the last day of my freshman year and his senior I accidentally ran into him in Mrs. O'Knefski's art room where he was picking up a water color he had drawn that was in the showcase... I walked in and it was just the 2 of us... he actually spoke to me and was very nice... I was shaking so hard I could barely speak... it was the most exciting moment of my life up to that very day. He was really sweet and kind, I was in completely blown away. I so wish I had been able to have him as a friend and known him better. I remember seeing him in concert at "My Father's Place" in Roslyn (sneaking in with fake ID) just so I could see him play. So here I am now, a 55 year old mom, successful career woman, second marriage... and to this day any time I see "a rock and roll guy" who's slim, with a dark shag haircut, who has "the swagger" and struts... I have to catch my breath, and remember Bernie my first true unrequited love with fondness and just a little butterfly in my tummy. I only wish he knew how he rocked my world and how much he mattered to silly old little me.

My sincerest condolences to his family, he was an amazingly talented, kind, and lovely person. I am so dearly sorry for your loss.
great to read this memory of Bernard, thanks for posting this

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