Terrence Derrick Fendall came into the light of life on May 6, 1966. He made his transition from this life suddenly on February 27, 2019, due to a massive heart attack Terrence was the only child of Paula Y. Fendall. He was 52 years of age.
It is hard to think of Terrence without thinking of him with a smile on his face. As a child he was sweet, loving, active and inquisitive. As a man, Terrence was a gentle soul, easygoing, hardworking and dependable. Not one to stand on circumstance, Terrence was neither pretentious nor into brand labels. Terrence (aka "Shortman" "Patch" or “T" depending on who he was hanging out with at the time) loved life and the people in his life. Terrence was loyal to a fault to his friends and cousins but most of all to his "girls": his mother Paula, his grandmother Elinor, aka “Grams" and his life -long partner, JoCynthia, "Jo". Terrence described a recent trip to Barbados with his mom, as "the best time with my best girl".
All of Terrence's life was spent in Brooklyn. He grew up in a loving home with his mother, Grams and late grandfather, Frank Fendall and his late uncle, Keith Fendall. Terrence attended Catholic grammar school, went on to Abraham Lincoln High School and finished at Boggs Academy in Georgia. As a child, Terrence loved baseball: you could always find him with a mitt and a ball. Later he became an avid Knicks fan, no matter how bad they got. In addition to the Knicks, Terrence loved all kinds of music but admittedly was not a dancer.
Terrence did not hang out in clubs but he loved hanging with his "brother" KeKe at his home. JoCynthia fondly recalls Terrence's jovial nature and his laughter and says he was always there for her and her three children, Kenya, Nacia and Anthony throughout their 25 year relationship. She describes him as "the love of her life and her cherished friend"
Terrence loved to work, especially on jobs that provided him access to the outdoors and the ability to meet people. Terrence always impressed as an engaging, polite, kind and respectful gentleman. These qualities served him well in his positions as the facility caretaker at St. Ann's/Trinity Church in Brooklyn Heights and for the past six years as the Assistant to the Director of Mail Operations at Estee Lauder. When Terrence wasn't working, he was helping his mom, Jo or others. He was Santa's helper to his mother's Christmas Giving project; picking up gifts from Christmas Givers who were ill, lived faraway or otherwise unable to deliver their gifts.
Terrence was predeceased nine months ago by his step-father Earl L. Thomas, who he was very close to. Terrence leaves to mourn his passing his mother Paula Fendall; his beloved grandmother Elinor Fendall; the love of his life JoCynthia Stokes; her children: Kenya Wright, Nacia Wright and Anthony Stokes; close cousins: Antaya Cooper, James "Jimmy'' Wilkins III, Nikki Wilkins, Jeanine Epps, Lisa Wilson, Calvin and Christine Walker; his best friend/brother Keith Bryant; extended family and a host of friends. Terrence will be sorely missed. Hopefully, the kindness that he so easily offered will be picked up by others in a world where being kind is a rarity.