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Frederic S. Kendall

February 18, 2015

Frederic S. KendallFrederic S. Kendall, 91, Ward St., Watertown passed away Tuesday morning, February 17, 2015, at Samaritan Medical Center.

Calling Hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown on Friday, February 20, from 5 - 7PM. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Family Church on Saturday, February 21, at 11AM with Rev. Steven Murray, pastor, presiding. Burial in Riverside Cemetery, Wellesley Island will be in the spring at a time and date to be announced.

Fred was born in Watertown on September 3, 1923, son of Clarence and Florence Sloan Kendall. He graduated from Watertown High School in 1941, from Cornell University in 1947, and from Syracuse University Law School.

On March 11, 1943 he entered the US Army Air Forces. He served in the southwest Pacific, New Guinea, and southern Philippines with the Radio Squadron and was an Enigma Cryptologist, helping to break the Japanese code. He received the American Service, Asiatic Pacific Service, Good Conduct and World War II Medals and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon. He was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant on February 8, 1946.

On September 12, 1953 he married Muriel R. "Mimi" Reilly at St. Patrick's Church.

Fred began his career in the law in 1951 with Dunk, Conboy, McKay & Bachman Law Firm in Watertown. After 43 years at the law firm, he retired in 1993, with the current name being Conboy, McKay, Bachman & Kendall. He was a well known trial attorney in the North Country. He belonged to the American College of Trial Lawyers of North America, was a member and past President (1992) of the Jefferson County Bar Association, and from 1978 - 1982 he was a member of the House of Delegates through the NYS Bar Association. He was named to the Character and Fitness Committee in Syracuse.

Fred was a communicant of Holy Family Church. Throughout his life he was an avid boater, skier of both cross country and downhill, and played tennis, golf, and hockey. He was a member of the Black River Valley Club, Watertown Rotary, and the Watertown Racquet Club. The family summered in Thousand Island Park, Wellesley Island and he served on the Board of Directors for T. I. Park.

Besides his wife, Mimi, he is survived by his three children, Jonathan Kendall and wife, Mary Patricia, Omaha, NE, Stephen Kendall, Petaluma, CA, and Susan Steen and husband, James G., Jacksonville, FL; five grandchildren, Jennifer Hatcher and husband, Todd, Sean, Kathleen, and Ian Kendall, and Caitie Steen; one great grandson, Jonathan; his sister, Constance FitzGerald, Watertown; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Fred was predeceased by his son, Thomas Kendall, December 25, 2004, and his grandson, Jonathan Kendall, January 6, 2007.

In lieu of flowers the family wishes donations in Mr. Kendall's name to the Alzheimer's Association of CNY, 441 W. Kirkpatrick St., Syracuse, NY 13204. Online condolences to his family may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com


#15 Nancy Hamilton-Gayne 2015-03-05 14:54
I worked at the Conboy firm from 1971-1979 for Floyd Chandler. Mr. Kendall was always kind and respectful- a true gentleman! He was a man of great integrity. I wish his family peace and comfort in the days ahead.
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#14 Jim and Beth Brasser 2015-03-02 07:17
We are sorry to hear of your loss. In our minds, we will continue to picture Fred on his bike heading to Mass at the Tabernacle, always so dapper in his navy blazer and Bermuda shorts - ever the gentleman. We wish you peace and know that your many happy memories will be a comfort. All of TIP will share your loss.
Jim and Beth
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#13 John Massey 2015-02-24 10:26
To the family of Fred kendall I am so sorry to have read about the passing of Fred. He will be missed by his loverly family and friends. may fred be in peace. john massey
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#12 Kate & David Johnson 2015-02-20 14:40
Deepest condolences and sympathy. We love you all.
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#11 CAPT Dan Smith, USN 2015-02-20 07:01
Mrs. Kendall, John, Steve,
I remember your Dad fondly as we were your "cowboy twins" neighbors on Knickerbocker Drive. So sorry for your loss. We boys had such great times together, playing across the street in the Knick field and getting into adventures in the woods around the schools before the new housing developments. My sympathies and prayers are with you.
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#10 Bob and Ann Davis 2015-02-19 15:00
Mimi and family, we are so very sorry for your loss. We will miss him watching us play tennis from the cart
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#9 Linda kiblin 2015-02-19 14:43
To Mimi and family sorry for your loss will be in my prayers what a sweet man will all ways miss him will never be forgotten that's for sure . Im so glad I got to take care of him as a caregiver for the last past years . Sweets man any one could take care of R. I.P Fredly
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#8 Scott Sanford 2015-02-19 13:35
John Kendall & family, my sincere condolences.
-Scott Sanford
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#7 Beth Bornhurst 2015-02-19 13:05
Mimi and Family,
I was very sorry to hear about Fred's passing. Like Gretchen, I too have fond memories of seeing him on his golf cart or in the Guzzle or on the River. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family today.
Beth and Jim Preminger
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#6 Gretchen B. Judge 2015-02-19 11:39
Mimi and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. I will always remember Mr. Kendall tooling around the park in his golf cart, and Sunday breakfasts at the Guzzle. He was always such a smiling happy man. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. He will be missed. Love, Gretchen Bornhurst-Judge
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