Thomas E. Kendrick of Weirton passed away at the Weirton Geriatric Center following a lengthy illness on Saturday, January 7, 2023. He was 81 years old.
Tom was born in Steubenville OH on October 22, 1941, one of four sons born to John and Dorothy Rusen Kendrick. Tom was a lifelong and active member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church where he served as a Eucharistic Minister. He was a proud graduate of Weirton Madonna High School and retired from Weirton Steel with over 30 years of service in the accounting department.
At close to 7 feet tall, Tom was known as the “Gentle Giant” a name which he embraced and wore well. He is remembered as a kind, loving, honest man who was a soldier of Christ. Toms’ faith was always an integral part of his life where he focused on serving others, predominantly the youth and elderly of the community. Tom volunteered with the Big Brothers Program where he mentored the youth of the community. Throughout his retirement, he spent his days (and holidays) visiting with and taking communion to the long-term care and hospital patients of the parish. Tom was always known to guide and teach others in lessons of faith and life.
Tom enjoyed traveling the world and playing hours of Pinochle on the weekends with his friends and family. He loved to spend time with his family and was always supportive and active in the lives of his nieces and nephews. Above all, he enjoyed spending time with his best friend, soulmate, and his wife of 48 years, Barbara.
In addition to his parents, Tom was preceded in death by brothers John and Nick Kendrick and brother-in-law Joseph McCoach Jr.
Tom is survived by his loving wife Barbara Kendrick of Weirton, brother Don (Kathy) Kendrick of Ponte Vedra Beach FL, sister-in-law Cheryl Kendrick of Navarre FL, sister-in-law Sheila Kendrick of Weirton, sister-in-law Sally McCoach of Houston TX, and a host of nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.
Friends and Family can be received on Tuesday, January 10, from 5-7 PM at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street, Weirton, WV.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Saint Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church, Weirton, WV on Wednesday, January 11, at 11:30 AM.
Monsignor Joseph Peterson will preside.
Burial will be in Saint Paul’s Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made in Tom’s name to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children at shrinerschildren.org