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Harold S. Cardwell

January 9, 1940 ~ December 17, 2017 (age 77)
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Message from Lorraine C Blackman
March 7, 2018 4:24 PM

I am so sorry that I just saw the email announcing the departure of "Master of Drumming" M.A.D. Harold Cardwell. His wife, Teri Cardwell was a well-respected social work colleague. It was my pleasure to attend their send-off when they moved to Maryland for Harold's medical care. Enjoy links in the NUVO article below for some of M.A.D. Harold's music. https://www.nuvo.net/music/a-eulogy-for-mad-harold-cardwell-jazz-drumming-legend/article_414e6fc2-f0a0-11e7-b43c-d78ae72a66c3.html
Message from Indianapolis
February 1, 2018 2:07 AM

I just received the news that my friend Harold has left this earth. Neighbor, friend, partner in crime. Kick ass pool player, born to drum. Irreverent. We would sit for hours and talk, watch Walker Texas Ranger and listen to Jazz. You did not step between Harold and his food or his truck. He had the most beautiful Lincoln Continental, white exterior red interior. He carved beautiful canes and out of wood. He appreciated a well crafted knife. He was a talented painter and mowed his own lawn and removed poison ivy. He was not allergic to poison ivy and was quick to help others. He was always up for a beer or a leisurely smoke. Harold impacted my life in ways he will never know. I have missed him and am sad I couldnt say goodbye. Terri, my condolences to you. I am thinking of you and my heart hurts for your loss. We lost a great one. I can't even describe the heaviness I feel. I am honored to have known and loved Mad Harold. Nicole Bock Yalowitz
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A candle was lit by C Niambi Steele on January 18, 2018 2:58 AM
I was first beginning to go to clubs in Indianapolis, IN in 1969. I was married to a Navy seaman who was in the waters right outside of Vietnam. Our baby had been born the year before in 1968. I couldn't wait to turn 21 to do the one thing I hadn't done yet which was going to a club, ordering a drink, and being really grown. Fortunately, that experience was richened by the exposure to The Grant Green Trio which was the first jazz band I'd ever seen live. I was hooked immediately. I became a regular at The 19th Hole, a small hole in the wall club that began my musical education live & in living color. There were no better educators than the musicians in regular residence at that hole in the wall--- Grant Green, guitar; Ronnie Foster, Hammond B3 Organ; & Mad Harold Cardwell, on the drums. While this posting is supposed to be a condolence to the family of Harold to mourn his transition from this life, I can't help but smile because Harold became like a brother, father, uncle to my sons, and an immensely classy guy to be around. I remember when he restored that old Mercedes Benz and how long he actually drove it. He actually made a set of his drums. I remember running into him and having long conversations. I remember him teaching my son about rhythms & baseball & other stuff that guys talk about. I remember being with him at the photo shoot for the Jazz musicians in Indianapolis in 2008. I will always remember Harold because he never forgot what being a friend really meant. He was indeed a rare individual . The universe has reclaimed his essence; his rhythm remains timeless.
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A candle was lit by C Niambi Steele on January 18, 2018 2:28 AM
Message from N Ashton
January 17, 2018 11:23 AM

He allowed a lot of people to know what it feels like to swing.
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A candle was lit by Nick Ashton on January 17, 2018 11:20 AM
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A candle was lit by Inssyab on December 29, 2017 2:26 PM
"I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings"...The caged bird sings with a fearful trill of things unknown but longed for still and his tune is heard on a distant hill for the caged bird sings of freedom. (Maya Angelou)
May Harold rest in peace.
Message from Teri
December 30, 2017 11:33 AM

What a beautiful and appreciated sentiment for Harold. Thank you for being our friend and my sister.
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A candle was lit by Inssyab on December 29, 2017 2:26 PM
"I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings"...The caged bird sings with a fearful trill of things unknown but longed for still and his tune is heard on a distant hill for the caged bird sings of freedom. (Maya Angelou)
May Harold rest in peace.
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A candle was lit by Inssyab and daughters on December 29, 2017 2:23 PM
Message from John "Devo" DiVincenzo
December 28, 2017 9:04 PM

Terri,
I was deeply saddened to hear of Mad's passing. My short list of great friends just got shorter. I will truly miss him. I wish I could have seen him more often when he was here. I have lots of recordings of Harold when he was at the Place to Start. I will always treasure them.
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A candle was lit by Teri on December 30, 2017 12:16 AM
John: So good to hear from you. I know Harold always enjoyed your friendship and often talked about the times you had together. I didn’t have email or phone information to contact you personally. I would like to talk to you about copies of some of the recordings you have. Let me know how I might get in touch. Thank you for your warm thoughts.

Teri
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A candle was lit by John "Devo" DiVincenzo on December 28, 2017 8:58 PM
Message from Vanessa
December 28, 2017 7:50 AM

Teri, may God continue to give you strength in your time of loss. Remember if there is anything I can do don’t hesitate to call me. "We Are Helpers One of Another"
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A GARDEN PATH was sent on December 27, 2017

Deepest Condolences, Dwight Montgomery & Family..

Message from FF Timothy D Cardwell
December 27, 2017 10:03 AM

Terri, sorry for your lost my prayers are with you and if you need anything please let me know.May God love be with you at this time . Timothy
Message from Teri
December 28, 2017 12:14 AM

I deeply appreciate your kind thoughts for me and your dad.
Message from FF Timothy D Cardwell
December 27, 2017 9:59 AM

Rest in Peace Dad, wish we could have played together but that day will come it time . Thank you for letting me become who I'm. I know that took a lot to do . Take your rest now and enjoy playing for our heavenly father. Love you now rest. Timothy
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A candle was lit by Resmith5026@yahoo.com on December 25, 2017 12:00 AM
Terri: I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your husband and my dear friend. He was such a good friend to me and Mr Eric Battle. He will be missed dearly. Thank you for loving him. I pray that God continues to bless and give you strength!!
Message from Teri
December 26, 2017 8:54 PM

You and Eric were both good friends to us. Thank you for sharing your memories of Harold.
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A candle was lit by Robin Smith on December 24, 2017 11:46 PM
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A candle was lit by Max, Kya and BabyGirl on December 24, 2017 8:25 PM
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A candle was lit by Dottie Williams on December 23, 2017 11:47 PM
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A candle was lit by Devon on December 23, 2017 10:45 PM
I’m very lucky to have had you in my life, even if it was only for a short period of time. I enjoyed your company and kindness, and patience with my work. You will be missed.
Message from Teri
December 26, 2017 8:52 PM

Thank you for your warm memories of Harold.
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A candle was lit by Devon Labrie on December 23, 2017 10:42 PM
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A candle was lit by Teri on December 23, 2017 8:38 AM
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A candle was lit by Kate Hinman on December 22, 2017 6:10 PM
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