‘Generous’ and ‘gentlemanly’ grandfather dies from heart attack while driving to family dinner

PUBLISHED: 12:00 21 June 2018

Philip Kendrick.

Philip Kendrick.


A ‘generous and kind-hearted’ grandfather died behind the wheel while on his way to meet his family for a Father’s Day dinner in Weston-super-Mare on Friday.

Philip Kendrick.Philip Kendrick.

The family of Philip Kendrick, aged 78, expressed their ‘sincere gratitude’ to the ‘amazing’ emergency services who spent 50 minutes trying to resuscitate him.

Mr Kendrick had been on his way to meet his waiting family at Zak’s Indian Kitchen, in High Street, when he became unwell.

The father-of-two attempted to pull over in Hill View Road, where he had just set off from, when he had a heart attack and crashed into the back of a parked van.

Emergency services were called but Mr Kendrick was pronounced dead at the scene.

Philip Kendrick.Philip Kendrick.

His youngest daughter Jacqueline Kendrick, aged 53, said: “We were sat there waiting for him to arrive and when we had a call from my mum saying my dad had not been by to pick her up we knew something was wrong.

“The emergency services who were on the scene were incredible. They stopped us right in our tracks and calmed us down and told us what was happening.

“We wanted to express our gratitude and sincere thanks to the amazing emergency crew which attended the scene.

“Much thanks goes to the neighbours and concerned bystanders for their support.”

Mr Kendrick was a well-known character in Weston after moving to the area more than 20 years ago.

The retired engineer was regularly spotted at Hornets Rugby Club and was often referred to as ‘Grandpa’ during his visits to watch his grandson, Charlie Carter, play for the first team.

He was also involved in the Banwell Bowls Club and the Worle Community Choir, where his daughters joked they often saw him ‘hiding at the back’ despite being one of the smaller choir members.

Jacqueline said: “Our dad was a funny man and so kind, you would never hear him say a bad word about anyone.

“He was incredibly generous and would always step up to the mark for you but he would never shout about it.”

His eldest daughter, Mandie Ball, aged 55, said her father was an ‘amazing’ man who often gave to charity, but never boasted about it.

She added: “He was a true gentleman. He was our rock.”

Mr Kendrick leaves behind two daughters and three grandchildren – Charlie, Amelia and Harriet.

The funeral date is yet to be confirmed.

Witnesses to the crash are asked to call police on 101 and quote reference 1200 for June 15.

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