Paul Michael Honeycutt

By Chris Kennison

This year we lost two dear friends, who were musicians, HSGA members, and volunteers, which made the Fort Collins festival a bit melancholy for me. But I know how much they both enjoyed being a part of our annual event and that makes me smile.

Our friend Paul Michael Honeycutt passed the Wednesday before the con­vention. He was our sound technician for all the previous years in Fort Collins. Paul was a sweet man and a creative musician. He performed locally and also did sound for the local radio station’s “Live at Lunch” show. He always did a most excellent job running the sound system for us. He was going to play a set this year on steel. Rock on Paul.

By Chris Kennison

And our good pal E.P. Davis lost his battle with cancer recently. EP helped in our first years in Fort Collins by run­ning the ticket sales at the door. He was a top­notch ʻukulele player as well, and usually did a set or joined me on stage. EP and his wife spent winters at their home on Kauaʻi and summers in Fort Collins. He loved Hawaiʻi, and often had his uke albums in the running for the Nā Hōkū awards. He and I were co­deejays on a show we had on local public radio for seven years called “The Steel Guitar Jam.” We did a drive­time show every Thursday and played steel guitar instrumental music from all genres. We’d even take our instruments in and play live some­times. Aloha my friends.

July 2017
Phil Bender

As reported in the last member newsletter, longtime HSGA member Philip Bender passed away in July of this year. The family extends an invitation to a celebration of his life on September 30. A military graveside service will be held at Garland Brook Cemetery in Columbus at 11:00 a.m.. Following that will be a “Celebration of Life Gathering” from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Hanger 5 Restaurant at Columbus Municipal Airport. Family and friends are encouraged to come and share stories and thoughts about the life of Phil Bender.

Listen to Phil’s music on our website at Phil’s page

You may read his online obituary at http://www.therepublic.com/2017/07/30/philip_e_bender/

October 2011
Kenneth Arthur Ufton

Ken Ufton
Ken Ufton, around 1972

(September 2, 1921-October 14, 2011)

In October, we got the sad news that member Ian Ufton lost his father Ken Ufton shortly after the Joliet convention this year. Ken Ufton was a musician of note and had an impact on the music industry… unusual for someone who did not make music his life’s work. He is known for his work with his band, Ken Ufton and His Harmony Hawaiians, including an LP for Maple Records’ “Sweet, Sweet, Steel” series and many other recordings made in both England and Canada. Ian’s mother Doris, also known to many HSGA members, passed away in 2010.

Please take a moment and listen to some of Ken’s beautiful contributions to the world of steel, posted on his HSGA audio page. Look for more information about Ken’s life in the fall issue of the Quarterly.

December 2010
Dave Giegerich

Ending the year on a sad note…

It is with great sadness that we share the news that HSGA member Dave Giegerich passed away on December 29, 2010 after a long and courageous battle with Aplastic Anemia.

From Betty Wheeler and from Dave’s family via their caringbridge.org page:

Dave lived a full and good life. Loved by his family as well as the hundreds of you who have shared your thoughts and prayers with us over the past three years. He also loved his Dobro and steel guitar. Please draw solace at this difficult time from knowing he was picking away to the very end. We should all be so lucky.

Dave was the leader of the Hula Monsters, played dobro with Wayne Taylor and Appaloosa, and performed or recorded with a wide range of artists including Bill Harrell, Eva Cassidy, Bill Kirchen, Johnny Gimble, Robin & Linda Williams, John Starling, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, Commander Cody, Mac Wiseman, Greg Kihn, Cracker, Bobby Hicks and Jimmy Arnold.  

A celebration of Dave, his life and music was held in January.

September 2010
Bernice Honold

It is with great sadness that we share the news that long-time HSGA member Bernice Honold died at home at about 3:00 AM this morning, September 6, 2010, after a long bout with cancer at the age of 84.

Bernice was born October 11, 1925 in Detroit. On April 15, 1944, Bernice married Richard Leonard Honold at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Detroit. Bernice and Richard were foster parents for Lutheran Child and Family Service for over 33 years fostering 79 children. She and her husband played Hawaiian music professionally and for enjoyment and were members of the Aloha International Steel Guitar Club, HSGA and the music group, Coral Islanders with the Maui Maidens. Bernice was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Roseville.

Please visit the funeral home website here www.haussfamilyfuneralhomes.com to view the complete obituary including funeral arrangements and sign the guest book.  Thank you all for your love and encouragement.

Bernice performs on stage with her National double eight steel guitar
at the Joliet convention in October of 2002.

Below, Bernice Honold and the Coral Islanders and guest Julie Waters, Joliet, October 2002.
(l-r) Virginia Grzadzinski, bass; Bernice Honold, steel; Julie Waters, uke; Dick Honold, guitar.








March 2010
Doris Annie Ufton

Doris & Ian Ufton

Doris Ufton

HSGA Loses a Dear Friend,

Doris Annie Ufton, long time HSGA friend and mother of member Ian Ufton of Ontario, passed away on Sunday, February 21st, 2010. She was loved by all who knew her. The Joliet HSGA convention was one of her favorite “things to do.”

Ian writes,

“On Sunday, February 21st, my mother, Doris Annie Ufton passed away after a brief illness, leaving behind a husband of 70 years, 2 sons, 4 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren who miss her dearly.

The Joliet conventions were very special events for her — she enjoyed the times she spent with the many friends she had made over the years —  thank you all so much for remembering her with kind words and warm thoughts — she was such a special person.”

Sincerely,                                                      Ian Ufton  

In the photos: Top: Doris and Ian. Photo courtesy of Chris Ufton. Bottom: Doris (second from left) enjoying the 2005 HSGA convention, with Ian (left). Photo courtesy of Wally Pfeifer.