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Keso’s Michael Kendall passes away


January 9, 2014
By Mike Jiggens


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Michael Kendall, CEO of Delta, B.C.-based Keso Turf Supplies, recently passed away at the age of 65.

A Michael P Kendall – Keso Scholarship Fund is being established in his name to keep his legacy alive for a deserving student pursuing a career in the golf and turf industry.

He was the last of his siblings to pass away, being predeceased by sister Claudia and brothers Bob and Rud, the latter of whom co-founded Turf & Recreation magazine.

A celebration of Michael's life has been planned for Saturday, Jan. 18 from 1-4 p.m. at the University Golf Club, 5185 University Blvd., Vancouver.

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In lieu of flowers, scholarship donations will be gratefully accepted at any RBC Bank (Acct 04800-003-1037589). An online guest book can be signed at dignitymemorial.ca.

He is survived by his wife Donella.

A release passed along by the Western Canada Turfgrass Association said of Kendall:

"He was simply an honest and generous guy, equipped with astute business sense, as sexy in an Italian suit as he was in jeans and cowboy boots. As precise with a pool cue, as he was smooth with his golf swing. As gutsy in the boardroom as he was at the Black Jack tables.  Competitive and stubborn, yet respected and kind. Avid sports fan, especially when it came to Tiger and NASCAR. Loved fancy cars, and his ideal date night included Pinot Gris and a filet mignon. A natural math wiz, he displayed an entrepreneurial zeal which led to a successful business – Keso Turf Supplies and jokingly referred to himself as the lowest paid CEO."