Harry John Kendig, 84, school maintenance official

February 02, 2003

Harry John Kendig, former city public school maintenance supervisor and founder of Kenrock Inc., died in his sleep Tuesday at Brighton Gardens assisted-living community in the Woodbrook section of Baltimore County. He was 84.

Born in Philadelphia and raised in Lambertville, N.J., Mr. Kendig attended McCoy College, then the evening school at the Johns Hopkins University.

During World War II, he served with the 3rd Army under Gen. George S. Patton Jr. in Europe. He was discharged in 1945 with the rank of corporal and with decorations including the Bronze Star.

A Lutherville resident since 1960, Mr. Kendig went to work in 1964 as project manager and supervisor in the Baltimore public schools' maintenance division. He retired in 1986.

The same year, he established Kenrock Inc., a Lutherville company that designed and built greenhouses. He closed the business in 1999.

A baritone who was an opera buff, he sang with the Baltimore Opera Chorus during the 1980s. He also sang in the choir of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, where he was a member.

He was an avid grower of camellias and had been president of the Pioneer Camellia Society of Maryland Inc.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

Mr. Kendig is survived by his wife of 40 years, the former Zenobia Rockwood; three sons, Dennis K. Kendig of Lambertville, N.J., Patrick J. Kendig of Ewing, N.J., and Brian K. Kendig of Jarrettsville; a daughter, Diane Kendig Church of Baltimore; a stepdaughter, Nancy Martin Brennand of Hackettstown, N.J.; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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