I just heard this news today and had to pass it along: Ron McClelland, bassist for Gotee artist Storyside: B, died on Sunday while on a cruise with listeners of Jacksonville radio station 88.1 The Promise. In addition to his work with the band, McClelland was a guest on-air personality for the station. The clip from First Coast News is above. There might be an ad first; sorry, I don’t have any control over that.The first of two memorial services was held today in Jacksonville. The second will be held on Saturday and like the first is open to the public:Saturday, January 24, 2009 @10:00amDetroit World Outreach Christian Center Church (DWO)23800 W. ChicagoRedford MI 48239www.dwo.org/First Coast News reports that “no official cause has been released. However, the ship’s doctor believes McClelland may have unknowingly suffered from cardiomyopathy.”Storyside: B was started in 2003 in St. Augustine, Florida. McClelland joined the band in 2004. McClelland leaves behind his wife, Rebecca. In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to donate to a fund to support McClelland’s family. The band says on their MySpace:
Ron and Rebeca did not have life insurance. If you would like to help with funeral and expenses, go to any Bank Of America and ask for the:
Account for Ron and Rebeca McClelland ending in #8678or
Mail checks made out to:
Ron and Rebeca McClelland Fund
P.O. Box 551379
Jacksonville, FL 32255
Please keep Rebecca, the band, the folks at 88.1 and the entire McClelland family in your prayers!