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“Rest In Peace. You always saw the good in me when no one else did. Even though I was a nutcase you never gave up on me on a student and mentor. Love...Read More »
1 of 63 | Posted by: Jalin Preston - Harvey, IL

“JOHNNY !!! Way too soon !Wow. Great Person!! We Started playing baseball together with and against each other at the old Mt. Greenwood fields where...Read More »
2 of 63 | Posted by: Ray Lang - Chicago, IL - Friend

“My deepest condolences to Johnny's wife and family. My fondest memory of John was when the Kendrick kids, Nana, and Auntie Violet would come over for...Read More »
3 of 63 | Posted by: Mary Ann Piker - Johnsburg, IL

“John was not only a good friend but a great teammate. He will be greatly missed. He was the main part of one of the best high school baseball teams...Read More »
4 of 63 | Posted by: Tim Pyznarski - Palos Heights, IL

“Best centerfielder i ever played with and an even better friend. Wish i would have known sooner. See ya Johnny. Mike McCormick ”
5 of 63 | Posted by: Mike McCormick - Orland Park, IL

“Mr. Kendricks was one of the first people here at Thornton that welcomed me with a GREAT BIG SMILE. I have never seen anything different from him...Read More »
6 of 63 | Posted by: Lashanetta Bryant - FLOSSMOOR, IL

“John was always a pleasant surprise, I never could predict his funny comments but he always made me smile. Students always came to my class saying...Read More »
7 of 63 | Posted by: Yvette Eshiba - Calumet City, IL

“John was one of the first people to introduce himself to me when I first started with the district at Thornton HS. He was so kind, and had the most...Read More »
8 of 63 | Posted by: Debra Gill - Crete, IL - Coworker

“We are deeply saddened to hear of John's passing. I will always remember how John would stop briefly in my classroom or in the hall outside my door...Read More »
9 of 63 | Posted by: Larry & Marilyn Anderson - IN

“Johnny,Your untimely passing broke my heart. So many special memories that you helped create for me over the years we shared. ~Summer in Athens. The...Read More »
10 of 63 | Posted by: Toni DI Meola Kendrick - IL

“To John's wife and familyJohn will be missed by all. He was one of the most standup people I have ever known. May he rest in peace and continue...Read More »
11 of 63 | Posted by: eileen chereska hagele - MO

“John was a caring and compassionate teacher and colleague. I never saw him walk past any child or co-worker without a smile and a warm greeting. He...Read More »
12 of 63 | Posted by: Lena Condic - Oak Forest, IL

“The colleagues I share a hall with and I would see Mr. Kendrick daily, as his preferred entrance and exit was at the end of our hall. Each day there...Read More »
13 of 63 | Posted by: Michelle Graham - Wheaton, IL

“So sorry to hear of John's passing. John lived across the street from us growing up. Our neighborhood was one big family. I have many pictures of...Read More »
14 of 63 | Posted by: Lynn Kruse Kimsel - Largo, FL

“My condolences to John's wife and Kendrick family. So sorry to hear of the news about John. John was a friend of my brother Bill for many years in...Read More »
15 of 63 | Posted by: Denise Miletich - Family Friend

“I met John at Thornton. We spent several years working in the same hallway and sharing many conversations. John had a wonderful sense of humor. He...Read More »
16 of 63 | Posted by: Sirena Donaldson - flossmoor, IL

“We knew John from softball days on Sundays at Marist. Great guy. We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers. ”
17 of 63 | Posted by: Dennis and Katie (Hurley) Kettering

“I have worked with John for 11 years and found him to be a caring teacher who loved the students. He always had a smile on his face and treated...Read More »
18 of 63 | Posted by: Joe Janowiak - Woodridge, IL

“Wow! I'm just now hearing about this tragic news. Mr. Kendrick has always been encouraging and a welcoming presences in my brief 3 years at Thornton....Read More »
19 of 63 | Posted by: Dwight Morton - Frankfort, IL

“John and I had many good times together. Our trip to St Louis was one that I'll never forget . Rest In Peace my brotha . Hap Hap ”
20 of 63 | Posted by: John Harasen - Crestwood, IL

“Rest well Mr.KThis is the man who gave my nickname everybody call me till this day, best math teacher I ever came upon.You will me missed ”
21 of 63 | Posted by: Mariah McDowell - Harvey, IL

“Rest well in Heaven presence will surely be missed here with us, but your spirit we will carry in our memories of you. My prayers are...Read More »
22 of 63 | Posted by: Sonia Marsalis-Smith - Harvey, IL

“My sincere condolences. I had the honor of being Mr. Kendrick's co-teacher in the past. He was an amazing teacher! He loved the students and always...Read More »
23 of 63 | Posted by: Lilcritia Coleman - Glenwood, IL

“I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Kendrick last year at Thornton High School. Very seldom does one remember their first time meeting someone but I...Read More »
24 of 63 | Posted by: Sonja Crudup - Harvey,, IL

“I am so sorry for your loss. I met John almost 22 years ago when I was in charge of substitutes at Thornton High School. I always saw him with a...Read More »
25 of 63 | Posted by: Nefertiti Davis - Riverdale, IL

“Our condolences to the family. We are keeping the family in are in our prayers. ”
26 of 63 | Posted by: Ms. M Brownlee - Dolton, IL

“Mr.Kendrick was the best math teacher a person could ever have. he was always so happy and excited to teach the class. He would always tell us...Read More »
27 of 63 | Posted by: Camaria Orr - Harvey, IL

“Mr.kendrick was always excited to teach math . he was the best math teacher a person could ever have , im so heart broken that this has happened. Mr...Read More »
28 of 63 | Posted by: Camaria Orr - Harvey, IL

“Hi Kenny, Bruce, Karen and Patty,We are so sorry to hear that Johnny has passed. We have great memories of our families together at Auntie Helene...Read More »
29 of 63 | Posted by: The Matias Family - IL

“Mr. Kendrick Was An Amazing Teacher. I Enjoyed His Class As Well As His Conversation; He Truly Cares About His Students As Well As His Staff....Read More »
30 of 63 | Posted by: Kyla Turner - Harvey, IL

“God bless you guys...I'm so sorry for your loss. ”
31 of 63 | Posted by: Sue West - Moriarty, NM - Friend

“Hi, I am one of Mr.Kendrick's students. It truly pains me to find out the news. I can truly say he was the best math teacher I've ever had. He was...Read More »
32 of 63 | Posted by: Destiny Meares - Harvet, IL

“John Kendricks and I were Type 1 diabetes buddies. We kept each other encouraged as we struggled to live with this dreadful disease. I'm so deeply...Read More »
33 of 63 | Posted by: Karla Mitchell - South Holland, IL

“John was always so giving. I did some computer work for John when I worked at Thornton. He was so grateful when I fixed his wife's laptop. He had...Read More »
34 of 63 | Posted by: Andrew Chidester - Manhattan, IL

“My deepest condolences to Mr. Kendrick's family and friends, you will be kept in my prayers. Unfortunately, I did not have the experience to be able...Read More »
35 of 63 | Posted by: Jamyya Harris - Harvey, IL

“You will truly be missed, words cannot express how I'm feeling. ”
36 of 63 | Posted by: W Russell - Harvey, IL - Coworker

“We will keep John's family in our thoughts and prayers. I am a former TTHS alum and college baseball coach. I always enjoyed my talks with John...Read More »
37 of 63 | Posted by: Ed Mathey - Sycamore, IL

“My Deepest Sympathy to John's Family:Mr. Kendrick was not only a great teacher he was special human being ...Read More »
38 of 63 | Posted by: Denise Johnson - Dolton, IL

“My deppest sympathy to the family. Mr kendrick was my freshman year mathe teacher. He taught me so much and always encouraged me to dp my best. He...Read More »
39 of 63 | Posted by: Michael Green - Dolton, IL

“Mr. Kendrick was my math teacher at TTHS my junior year. He was a great teacher and he make sure that you understand the concept of math. He will be...Read More »
40 of 63 | Posted by: Keisha Ware - Chicago, IL

“I'm just grateful I got to know you not just as a teacher but someone that was invested in our success and future. You will be truly missed. ”
41 of 63 | Posted by: Taylor James - Lansing, IL

“On behalf of my Mom, Helen, and sisters Sue and Mar and brother, Matt, and I we want you to know how very sad we were to hear of Johnny's passing. It...Read More »
42 of 63 | Posted by: Linda Duczman O'Connell - Racine, WI

“Johnny, God Bless you and your entire family. Always a smile on your face and willing to help out anyone. A great teammate, a true student of the...Read More »
43 of 63 | Posted by: '78 MARIST BASEBALL '78 Marist Baseball - IL

“Mr.Kendricks was one of the best teachers I've had. He is one of the reasons why i am in school to be a math teacher today. I have nothing but fond...Read More »
44 of 63 | Posted by: Asha James - IL - Student

“Mr. Kendrick you were literally The Best Teacher Ever .. I had you math and I can honestly say you made sure all your students knew what they were...Read More »
45 of 63 | Posted by: Tanara Hampton - Harvey, IL

“Mr. Kendrick you were the best anybody can have as a teacher! You bent over backwards for your students. You were my favorite even tho I probably...Read More »
46 of 63 | Posted by: Ariel Preston - Harvey, IL

“In your life you touched so many andIn your death many lives were changed. ”
47 of 63 | Posted by: Letty Medina - IN - Friend

“My deepest sympathy to John's family. I am so saddened by this news. I will keep John and you in my prayers, and I wish you comfort and strength in...Read More »
48 of 63 | Posted by: Michele Dendler - IL - Friend

“I'm so sad to hear of John's passing. He will be greatly missed at TTHS. When John first started at Thornton I was assigned as his "Big Sister" ...Read More »
49 of 63 | Posted by: Cheryl Bruozas - Coworker

“I want to send my condolences to the family. He was my daughter's math teacher for the last 2 years and he was such an inspiration her. He found out...Read More »
50 of 63 | Posted by: Wendy Smith - Harvey, IL

“You taught me so much , I respected you through everything. ”
51 of 63 | Posted by: Marchon Walters - Harvey

“Saddened to hear of John's passing. My deepest sympathies to his wife and family. The Kendrick family was always a special part of my family growing...Read More »
52 of 63 | Posted by: Matt Duczman - Schaumburg, IL

“I am deeply saddened by this news. My prayers are with family and friends at this time. Mr. Kendrick wasn't just an AMAZING teacher but, an amazing...Read More »
53 of 63 | Posted by: Destiny Mahaffey - Harvey, IL

“This is the saddest news. John was a phenomenal teacher, thinker, colleague, and friend. I worked with him at Thornton and always enjoyed our...Read More »
54 of 63 | Posted by: Saralyn Richard - GALVESTON, TX

“Mr. Kendrick was a wonderful person. He was the first math teacher I've ever had that made math look so easy and he was math teacher when I was a...Read More »
55 of 63 | Posted by: Latrese Smith - Harvey, IL

“I am retired now, but whenever I saw john he was happy to see me and gave me a hug. What a terrible loss and just breaks my heart. I send my sincere...Read More »
56 of 63 | Posted by: ellene beard - south holland, IL

“John was a great math teacher and co-worker. Always upbeat whenever I saw him. ”
57 of 63 | Posted by: John Dennis - Gary, IN - Coworker

“My deepest condolences. Mr. Kendrick was one of my first friends when I transferred to Thornton eight years ago. He was a friendly and hilarious...Read More »
58 of 63 | Posted by: Elizabeth Villarreal - Coworker

“May you rest in peace mr. Kendrick! You were an extraordinary math teacher who really showed passion for his work! You will be missed! My sincere...Read More »
59 of 63 | Posted by: Gabriela Najera - Harvey, IL

“My heart goes out to John's wife & family.Many fond memories coming of age with John by my side.Marist high, the summer of 78, the Egg & I & my...Read More »
60 of 63 | Posted by: Tom Tracy - Chicago, IL - Friend

“Mr. Kendrick was an amazing teacher and person. He was my teacher for two years back when I was a student at Thornton Township High School. I will...Read More »
61 of 63 | Posted by: Miguel Alvarez - Harvey, IL

“RIP Mr. Kendrick you were my favorite math teacher at Thornton and I will miss you in the hallways at Thornton ”
62 of 63 | Posted by: Dawn Centracchio

“Coach Kendrick was my baseball coach at Thornton in 1994. We then taught together the last 18 years. He was friendly, kind, and extremely...Read More »
63 of 63 | Posted by: Brad Ablin - Mokena, IL

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Age 57 of Frankfort, passed away suddenly Monday, June 18th 2018 at St. James Hospital, Olympia Fields.

John is survived by his loving family, wife, Christine Kendrick (Zellmer), siblings, Bruce (Mary Kay) Kendrick, Kenneth (Carrie) Kendrick, Patricia (Darl) Vandevender, Karen (Joe) Ortagara, several cousins and many nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph & Violet Kendrick (Grichenbaum) and brother, James Patrick Kendrick.

John loved and taught mathmatics at Thornton Township High School in Harvey for 25 years. He was a former member of the coaching staff of the Marist High School Baseball Team as well as a member of the Marist Baseball Team who won the State Championship.

All services for John will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Diabetes Association would be appreciated. For information, or 815-806-2225.

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