When I was 5 years old, my family and the Heaths attended the same church in New Haven. My mom told Fenno, "I want my son to be one of your singers one day." Fenno looked downward and smiled, "Sounds good to me, young man!" Sixteen years later, I had finished three great years singing for Fenno. Luckily, my mom had been right.
As I've scrolled through this blog, I'm reminded how this one person moved us with his passion for the music, his devotion to YGC, and his love for us. Herein, I see not only the names of beautiful songs, but also the names of so many dear friends -- some near, some far. It was Fenno who brought us together and kept bringing us back: all wanting another chance to sing Biebl's "Ave Maria" and another opportunity to be conducted by every fiber of Fenno's being (including his jowls). What a tremendous, joyous legacy.
As we give thanks for the gift of this extraordinary man, my prayers are with Carol and the entire Heath family. Godspeed and God bless.
Hal Chen '91
F F Heath Jr. 12-30-1926 to 12-05-2008
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~Carol, Sarah, Lucy, Peggy, and Terry Heath