Richard E. Kendall of East Falmouth, MA, a tireless public servant and friend to whomever he met, passed away unexpectedly on January 7, 2021. He was 86 years old.
Dick Kendall was a life-long resident of Falmouth, MA and known to many for his enduring and distinguished life of public service to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and to his beloved Falmouth. He was a graduate of Lawrence High School, Falmouth, MA and Brown University. He served with pride and honor in the United States Marine Corps attaining the rank of First Lieutenant.
After serving his country in the United States Marine Corps, Dick returned to Falmouth to run the Kendall Printing Company, a family business that was started by his father soon after the end of World War II.
Dick’s life in public service began in 1970 when he was elected to his first of four terms in the Massachusetts House of Representatives serving the Third Barnstable District, leaving behind a legacy that will live on for generations. During his fourth term as State Representative, he accepted an appointment by Governor Michael S. Dukakis to become Commissioner of Environmental Management where he served in that role under three administrations. He then served six years as the Governor’s Legislative Director. Despite that demanding schedule, he always made time to be a positive presence in the workings of Falmouth Town government, most notably as a Town Meeting Member for fifty years, for which he was honored in 2015.
Upon his retirement from state government in 1990, Dick would continue to serve the town of Falmouth in various capacities including as a member of the Falmouth Housing Authority. Dick was an active member on numerous boards and committees, including the Massachusetts Democratic State Committee, the Falmouth Democratic Town Committee and proudly served as a Trustee at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, MA.
Dick was the son of the late Marguerite and Robert L. Kendall. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 60 years, Cynthia Florence Kendall, and his brother Robert L. Kendall, Jr.
Dick leaves behind two children, Richard A. Kendall of Canton, MA and John T. Kendall of Wellesley; daughter-in-law Melissa Arronte of Wellesley; and three grandchildren, Hudson, Adison, and John, all of Wellesley. He also leaves several nieces and a nephew.
A private service will be held at the Massachusetts National Cemetery and a future celebration of life will be held at a later date.