[Dixielandjazz] Fw: sad news

Robert S. Ringwald ringwald at calweb.com
Sun Feb 9 19:01:36 PST 2003

I just received this from Jon--Erik Kellso.

mr.wonderful at ringwald.com

----- Original Message -----
From: "JKellso" <JKellso at compuserve.com>
To: <Blind.Copy.Receiver at compuserve.com>
Sent: Sunday, February 09, 2003 5:57 PM
Subject: sad news

> It saddens me deeply to inform you that Ruby Braff passed away this
> at the Liberty Commons nursing home in Chatham, MA around 7:00 a.m.
> (Sunday, 2/9/03). I heard indirectly via Jack Bradley, and from Mat
> He had been in declining health the last six months or so, had emphysema
> for a long time, pneumonia sent him into the hospital, moved into a
> home, had pneumonia again, unable to play the cornet, seemed to have given
> up the will to live, lost lots of weight, was down to maybe 70 pounds at
> the end.
> As you know, Ruby was a true original, one of the greatest of all time. He
> remained amazingly creative and played beautifully to the very end. He has
> been a great inspiration to me and countless others, and I am proud to say
> we were friends and that I had the honor and priviledge of playing and
> recording with him.
> Ruby's funeral will be on Wednesday, February 12, 2003, at 11:00 a.m. at
> Stanetzky Memorial Chapel, in Canton, MA, in the Cape Cod area.
> If any of you wish to attend the funeral and will be driving from the NYC
> area, I would greatly appreciate getting a ride with you.
> Jon-Erik Kellso

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