David Jennings, who had worked with the Kegel company since its founding in 1981, passed away on Oct. 17 after a brief battle with cancer. He was 59.
The loss comes less than two years after Kegel’s founder and visionary leader, John Davis, died of a heart attack on January 25, 2013. If Davis was Kegel’s dreamer, Jennings was the company’s doer. “John was the innovator, but David was an excellent mechanic and his skill set was very complementary to John’s,” said Kegel president, Chris Chartrand. “John gets a lot of credit, but David certainly contributed a lot.”
"Back at the very beginning of Kegel, when John invented those early products and went out demonstrating them and convincing people, David was the guy back in the shop building them," Chartrand continued.
Chartrand said Jennings later became the Kegel Training Center's "all purpose guy," a mechanic and handyman who never encountered a problem he could not resolve. "He would do a little bit of everything around the building, and he was with us since the beginning."
"Much like John, David did not want a funeral; he wanted a party celebrating his life, so that's what we did," Chartrand added. "And someone got up and said God must have needed a mechanic up in heaven. Maybe John needed something to be fixed up there, so he called up David."