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Christopher Robin Kendall

January 26, 1951 ~ December 16, 2023 (age 72) 72 Years Old

Christopher Kendall Obituary

Christopher Robin Kendall, 72, died after a brief illness on December 16, 2023, at Mercy House, an end-of-life comfort home in Chambersburg. He was surrounded by family and friends during his three day stay. Known as Chris to some and Robin to others, he was born on January 26, 1951, to the late Walter H. Kendall and Elsie Kendall Riggs. He was also preceded in death by his young sister and playmate Margaret Ellen Kendall. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Nancy Thompson Kendall, his sons Albert Thomas Kendall and Elliott Walter Kendall, and his sister Valerie Kendall Kin and her husband John of Fredericksburg, Virginia. He is also survived by his nephew Dr. John Kin, his nieces Elaine Kin and Katherine Kin, his Aunt Reiko Renninger Albro, his sisters-in-law Sandy Thompson and Gail Spiker and brothers-in-law Harry and Jimmy Thompson, and his many cousins and great nieces and nephews. 

Though his early life was marred by the deaths of his father and his sister Ellen in 1954, his mother ensured that his childhood in McConnellsburg was a happy one. His interests were many and his curiosity was boundless. As a young boy he loved anything mechanical, building model planes, Lionel trains, space exploration, and riding his black Schwinn all around town. At fifteen, he built a working boat from his own design and with its small outboard motor, he could get it up on plane by strategically shifting his weight. But he especially loved sports cars and motorcycles, a love he shared until his passing with his best friend from childhood Johnnie Greathead.

As a young entrepreneur, Chris opened Kendall, Funk and Bismarck, a jewelry store in downtown Chambersburg while also running a contracting company specializing in fine woodworking. He next worked for S&A Homes as a subdivision construction supervisor. He and his wife Nancy then owned a computer book business selling at computer shows, online as one of the first online book retailers, and in three retail stores in Chambersburg and the Washington DC area. A medical issue left him legally blind in his right eye in 2005, but he did not let that disability stop his enthusiasm for life and for learning. Monty Python’s “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” sung by Eric Idle was Chris’ favorite song.  

For years Chris raced a BMW 2002 in Sports Car Club of America Touring Class races and crewed for the Spirit of DC team. At the time of his passing he was restoring a BMW 2002 TII. Chris was an avid fan of Formula 1 racing, a love he somehow managed to bestow on his wife. He knew the history and pedigree of the teams, the drivers and the cars and spent F1 race weekends watching with any F1 friend who wanted to join in on the racing spectacle. F1 has lost a loyal fan.

 Chris was also appointed by the Chambersburg Town Council to serve on the Building Code Board of Appeals and on the Parking, Traffic and Street Light Committee. With his wide range of interests, Chris could talk about almost anything, and he never met a stranger. He was fascinated with space and all that Elon Musk had accomplished with SpaceX. He didn’t understand how anyone could not be just as fascinated. He was a kind man who would help anyone in need, and he was unapologetically liberal. He will be missed. 

Chris did not want a funeral, but his cremated remains will be buried in a plot next to his mother, father and sister in Union Cemetery, McConnellsburg. A celebration of his life will be held later in the new year. If desired, contributions in Chris’ memory may be made to the non-profit Mercy House, 730 Norland Ave, Chambersburg, PA 17201, or to any charity of your choice. 

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