John Patrick McKendy
(1949 - 2008)

Profile:
John Patrick McKendy

Birth:
New Brunswick, Canada
August 21, 1949

Passing:
October 30, 2008


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John McKendy was a Quaker, peace activist and Sociology Professor at Saint Thomas University. Much of his academic research and personal undertakings were dedicated to improving the lives of those living on the fringes of society. Deeply concerned with social inequality, and motivated to change it, he spoke for those who are often silenced; prisoners, the poor, the disadvantaged, the countless "forgotten" segments of society. During his 30 some years of academic research and social activism, he befriended a wide array of individuals. Perhaps no greater diversity of people could be seen than at his funeral. Former inmates, university students, professors, young social activists and countless others came together to remember John on November 5th, 2008.
During the summers of 2006 and 2007, John spent time in Burundi, a small African country living in the aftermath of genocide. Working with a Quaker organization, he assisted in the construction of a woman's AIDS clinic. He instantly fell in the love with the culture and people, and returned home bursting with positive energy and a renewed sense of optimism. His next trip to Burundi was set for early 2009.

John often caught people off guard with random acts of kindness and found joy in life’s simple things. Owning few material possessions, he replaced consumer culture with simplicity. He loved hiking and camping and spent many summer days on the trails of New Brunswick and Maine. A dream of his was to hike the Appalachian Trail in its entirety.

Although we have been deeply impacted by his death, we have been more so by his life. John McKendy will continue to live on in the hearts of hundreds of people spanning the globe.

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Laura McKendy
April 11th, 2009
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