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Kim Plainfield

Tomkins Cove, New York

Mar 24, 1954 – Apr 8, 2017 (Age 63)


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Wanamaker & Carlough Funeral Home Obituary

Kim Plainfield, 63, passed away unexpectedly on April 8, 2017 in his home in Tomkins Cove, NY. Kim was born in Berkeley, CA, the son of Sanford & Ruth Plainfield and brother of Mark Plainfield. Kim began his lifelong career as a musician and teacher as young as five years old when he...

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Just learned of Kim's passing with great sadness. He was a major influence on me when I met him late in my drumming career at the Collective, and I'll never forget his humor and kindness. Deepest condolences.

Hello, I was a friend/associate of of Ruth Plainfield when she was the Chair of the Program Committee for the Berkeley Community YWCA, and I was the Program Director. Ruth was such a caring, smart woman who had a great influence on me as a young social worker and community activist. She adored her boys. I am very sad to hear of Kim's passing and send all love to his friends and family.

just heard of this and am taken aback. A true loss to the drumming community. Studied with Kim at the collective. AS great teacher and person. RIP

Wow... just heard about Kim's passing from a close drummer friend of mine, Channing. All of us grew up in Berkeley during the crazy times of Vietnam war, riots in the streets & all the hippy love you could handle. Kim and I were in at least one Berkeley High School band,(Tuaca). Peter Margen, Dave Margen & me, Victor Owens. He was also the main drummer in the BHS production of "West Side Story". It's things like this that make me want to make that bucket list of folks I...

took a few lessons from Kim back in the day at drummer's collective...excellent player that will be missed. so sorry...

I just now discover that Kim passed away last month. Very sad!
I once received a cassette tape of Kim playing with Bill Connors and I therefore visited several of his concerts with Tania Maria. I knew he had been working with Dutch flutist Chris Hinze and even lived here in The Netherlands. His playing appealed to me, due to his Bay Area background and playstyle, amongst others.
Kim became my teacher of choice as I received a scholarship from the Dutch Government to study at...

We will miss you Kim.

I dedicated my double concerto for Tympani and Drum Set to Roland and Kim.He was the backbone instructor at drummers collective.He knew Roland when he was growing up in California.I had to good fortune of studying with them both.
Michael Yeni

This morning I went through my jewelry to find a silver titanium ring, a boat knot, that Kim made me when we were both 14 years old, using his father's dental supplies. It wasn't 'perfectly made' said Kim, the Perfectionist...but to me, it was!!! I am wearing it now and will treasure it always. Rest in peace, my cousin, first will be sorely missed in this world!!!