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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

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  1. Barbara, you have my deepest sympathy for your loss. May Tom Rest In Peace 🙏🏻. Sincerely, Mike & Marlene Runkel

  2. Candle Selection 3I love you uncle Tom, I’m thinking of your aunt barb, I loved hanging out with you at hunter’s graduation uncle tom, I love you.

  3. Candle Selection 5Uncle Tom and Aunt Barb…you both always made me feel welcome in my new family…from day one. I can’t thank you both enough for that! You have both been the true embodiment of what good honest people should be with family and faith. Anyone that knew Uncle Tom is so sad to hear that we have lost him here on earth. This is our loss but heaven’s gain. Tom truly walked the walk.
    I am very fortunate to be a member of the Kendrick Family. Heaven is even more fortunate and richer with Uncle Tom in it. We are so sorry for your loss Aunt Barb and we will miss you Uncle Tom!
    Until we meet again…Chris

  4. Barbara. So sorry for your loss. Tom definitely was one of Christ’s soldiers. May God Grant him Eternal Peace.

  5. Tom was a true friend and one of the finest examples of what a upright Christian man looks like! To say that we will miss him is not enough. His laugh , his smile, sound advice and guidance were treasured by all who knew him well. I am certain that the Lord welcomed him home with joy and the comforting words of “welcome my good and faithful servant!”

  6. Barbara, so sorry for your loss. I won’t be able to attend the visitation. Tom was a good person and it was a pleasure knowing him.

  7. Candle Selection 6Barbara, my sincere condolences. You and Tom were there for me and I will always remember your kindness. You are in my prayers.

  8. Barb….so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. I still remember the stories my dad used to tell from when they worked in the accounting department together along with Neil Watson. Prayers of comfort to you and your family.

  9. Barb, I am so sorry for the loss of your sweet Tom . I always enjoyed both of you and your beautiful love for one another . He was truly a special child of God . May you be surrounded in God’s love , strength and peace . Rest in his arms Tom ❤️🙏🏻🙏🏻

  10. Dear Kathy and Don, Sheila, Barb and families, I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Tom well from St Joseph and his dedication to God and his faith. You have my deepest sympathy.

  11. Barbara we send you sympathy for your loss of such a wonderful husband. He was a special guy and a loss to everyone especially you but he is with the God he loved so much. Frank and Lory Rosiak

  12. Barbara we send you sympathy for your loss of such a wonderful husband. He was a special guy and a loss to everyone especially you but he is with the God he loved so much.

  13. Candle Selection 3Iam so very sorry to hear about the passing of Tom a very kind,compassionate, caring man I met at weirton geriatric center and was so blessed to take care of as an a cna .Prayers and God’s blessings for the family and and friends who loved him .God bless this special man of God who taught others about God .May he rest in God’s eternal love

  14. We are very saddened by the loss of such a kind person. Our deepest sympathies and prayers for the family.

  15. Candle Selection 2To the Kendrick family,

    So sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace! A lifetime of memories … a wonderful family … your neighbors from Beacon Drive – (Zdybicki)
    Joanne (Zdybicki) Winkler
    Cathie (Zdybicki) Hock
    May you rest in peace! God Bless!

  16. So sorry to hear of Toms passing. We remember the Kendrick boys growing up on Woodland Estates. They were fine young men who grew to be wonderful men, husbands and fathers! Rest in Peace Tom and family under angels wings for all eternity…
    Sincerely, The LeMasters family 🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹

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