In Memoriam Charlie Hadenfeldt

Friends of BabShad Jazzz ~~

Charles Hadenfeldt, our beloved drummer and my husband of 48 years, died on June 30 of cancer complicated by pneumonia. He fought a long and courageous battle for over four years, seldom complaining, trying to make the most of each moment. He taught me so much about true patience and acceptance. He was my best pal, a great father, and the best man I ever knew.

Berkeley Vice Mayor and Councilmember Linda Maio closed Tuesday’s City Council meeting in Charlie’s honor. I prepared this brief statement for that occasion:

Charlie and his wife Barbara lived happily in Berkeley for 35 years in the same apartment on Fulton Street.  Their daughter Samantha attended Willard Middle School and Berkeley High.  Charles retired from accounts administrator positions at UC Berkeley in 2006 after 25 years of service.  He continued to play racquetball in the Harmon Gym and to play drums with the BabShad Jazzz Quartet around the East Bay.  He was an active community member and a great enthusiast of the Gourmet Ghetto that is our Berkeley.

BabShad Jazzz will continue, as Charlie and I discussed. It won’t be the same, of course; but life and music must go on.

We will have at least one Celebration of Life later on, after the sadness has lessened.

Donations in his name may be made to the NAACP, the Southern Poverty Law Center, Planned Parenthood, or to any charity of your choice.