John Kendrew, Jr., 83, Watertown

WATERTOWN, NY —  John Kendrew, Jr., 83, Watertown, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2023, at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, NY. He was surrounded by his family until his passing.

Calling hours will be held 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11, 2023, followed by a funeral service 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug, 12, both held at Reed & Benoit Funeral Home.

John was born July 9, 1940, in Watertown, NY, the son of the late John and Julia Kendrew.

John was the oldest of two siblings.

He graduated from Watertown High School then went on to serve in the Navy from 1959 to 1963. After the Navy, John attended Clarkson University, where he attained a bachelor’s degree in finance.

He worked as a state auditor and then for the Department of Internal Review at Fort Drum from where he retired.

John served over 17 years as a member of the Watertown Cyclone Booster Club and was treasurer for the Italian American Club.

John was always active, enjoying long walks, bike rides and kayaking.

John is survived by his wife Sandra Coleman; three children, a daughter, Cyndi Zuments, a daughter, Tamara Aubin, and a son, Eric Kendrew; and five grandchildren Alex and Allen Aubin, Logan Zuments, and John and Paige Kendrew.

He was preceded by his wife Andria Kendrew and son John Kendrew III.

Sympathy cards and condolences can made at Contributions can be made to the SPCA or Habitat for Humanity.

Arrangements are with Reed & Benoit Funeral Home, Inc., 632 State St., Watertown, NY.

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