Dr. George Bryce Kendrick was born on November 14th, 1885, in Lyn, Ontario. His parents Albert Kendrick and the former Lettie Kailey were farmers. Dr. Kendrick had an older brother named Montford. By the time he was 6 years old, the Kendricks family were living in Tilbury West Twp in Essex County. Dr. Kendrick attended Ridgetown Collegiate before going to Medical School at Queen’s University. He graduated M.D., C.M. in 1911. According to the 1928 Ontario Medical Registry, Dr. Kendrick joined the College of Physicians and Surgeons on the 18th of July, 1911. He joined the medical practice of Dr. Simeon Gould Story in Blenheim in 1912.
On the 24th of November, 1916, Dr. Kendrick was in the cab of a locomotive engine, enroute to attend to a sick woman in Erieau, when the west bound cab that he was in, struck an east bound locomotive head on. The Chatham Daily Planet article (published on the 25th of November, 1916), described the collision as occuring “about two o’clock this morning just west of the Gravel Road, where the old coal chute used to be.” In 1916 there wasn’t a road into the Village of Erieau and the train was the only source of transportation available for Dr. Kendrick to get to his patient. Dr. Kendrick was knocked unconscious and required medical attention, but he made a full recovery. Dr. Charles Langford ended up going to Erieau on a handcar to attend the ill patient in Erieau.
He married Edna “Pearl” Simon on the 12th of November, 1913 in Windsor, Ontario. Mrs. Kendrick was born on the 4th of October, 1891 in Rochester Twp, Essex County, to Adam Simon and the former Ella Milner. Her parents were farmers and she had 2 younger sisters: May and Cleda. After her father died she moved to McKeough Ave in Chatham with her mother and her sisters. According to the 1911 census, she was a music teacher.
Dr. and Mrs. Kendrick had a daughter Kathleen Pearl Kendrick born to them on the 4th of July, 1917 while they lived in Blenheim.
Dr. Kendrick was a good friend of Jack Miner. He supported Mr. Miners efforts to study migratory birds and even predicted that Mr. Miner would one day be a household name. Dr. Kendrick bolstered the Blenheim Horticultural Society’s membership from 35 members to over 600 members.
In 1919, Dr. and Mrs. Kendrick traveled to England to further their studies. Dr. Kendrick went to Leeds to study at the Moorfield Eye Hospital. Mrs. Kendrick studied the organ with Matthias Turton. The following year, the couple moved to Chicago and Dr. Kendrick did post-graduate work at Chicago Polyclinic with Professor Otto Prier. Dr. Kendrick received his diploma of certification, Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat and he registered with the Royal College of Physicians in England.
The Kendricks’ returned to Kent County and Dr. Kendrick set up his practice in Chatham Ontario in 1920. They purchased a home located at 69 Adelaide Street in Chatham. Dr. Kendrick became the Chief of Medical Staff of St. Joseph’s Hospital and later Chief of Medical Staff at the Public General Hospital. In both institutions he regularly brought in learned professionals to speak on current topics. In 1928 Dr. Kendrick was elected Chairman of the Chatham Board of Education. He was instrumental in obtaining funding to add on a viable technical shop facility to the Chatham Vocational School. Dr. and Mrs. Kendrick donated the furnishings for the waiting room attached to the X-Ray department at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chatham in 1936. In 1938 he was elected President of the Kent Medical Society. He was a past president of the Canadian Club of Chatham. He was a member of the Canadian Medical Association and he held the position as President of the Kent County Medical Society. He was a member of the Shriners and was President of the Chatham Horticultural Society. He was instrumental in starting the Western Ontario Flower Show. His love of gardening was nurtured by growing dahlias. Dr. Kendrick supported the Conservation Party. According to the 1941 Shepherds City of Chatham Business Directory, Dr. Kendrick’s office was located at 40 Sixth Street.
Dr. Kendrick retired in 1953 and moved to Windsor. In 1956, he moved to Toronto with his wife Pearl. In 1958 he was elected President of the Ontario Horticultural Association and in 1959 he was a member of the Department of Floriculture of the Royal Winter Fair.
He died on October 10th, 1968, and his funeral was held in Chatham. Besides his wife, he left behind one daughter Kathleen (Kendrick) MacFarlane. Mrs. Kendrick died on the 25th of February 1983.
*Dr. Charles Baldwin Langford and Dr. Simeon G. Story are also featured on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.
**The webmaster is grateful for the assistance of Goldie Howe in regards to providing research assistance for this biography.