I did not know Kevin, but I was aware of his passing. I read so many heartfelt, heartbroken messages on Facebook from his friends lamenting his loss of life. And I saw numerous photos of this man with a warm smile and a large personality.
Kevin was a popular stylist at a few different salons in Milwaukee: Malcolm of London, Beauty and Divine. He was also, clearly, a very valued friend.
Kevin passed away on Saturday.
Yesterday, one of his many friends contacted me and asked me to post something about Kevin. Of course, because I did not know him personally, I reached out to a few of his friends for their thoughts on this much-loved Milwaukeean.
My deepest sympathies to Kevin’s family and friends.
"Kevin was the ultimate hairdresser in that he encompassed not only the requisite skill set technically, but had a heart that was open to others and their lives and families as well.
"A good listener, he was the first one to volunteer advice to those struggling with myriad of problems both personal and professional. He had an unbridled joy in his work that you couldn't help but notice. He went around to other stylists' clients and would be complimentary and kind as well.
"I met him when I moved to Milwaukee in the early ‘80s and he remained a part of my life until now. He was known for his ribald sense of humor, and could take an off color joke and make it sound both funny and brilliant even if it wasn't. Though his own life had its share of mishaps and catastrophes, he found time to counsel others struggling with problems of their own with a smile and a generous bear hug. He is truly one of those people who is fondly remembered by every single person he ever met. That is the truth about this great man and the legacy he leaves us with. He didn't find the cure for cancer, or build the world's tallest building, but he did use his kindness and concern to cure the imperceptible ills that we all face every day – and make us feel that WE did it.
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