Seldom do they describe a person’s life fully, and so it is as I write this now for Jack Kidwell, or “Coach.” To those that have known Coach Kidwell, there is little I can add.
He was a powerful personality whenever he entered a room, of this there was never a doubt. I was very lucky to have had him as a teacher and friend. We shared many interesting conversations in class and in his home, in which I never felt a stranger in his presence nor around his small army of sons.
I haven’t seen the “Coach” for a number of years since leaving Cleveland. That being said, he left a lifelong impression upon me.
Jack Kidwell is one of those people who displayed the best in a human being, a teacher in every way and worthy of the respect he has been given.
His family, his friends or any number of those that have known Jack Kidwell could fill many pages with words.
As for myself, I have to write this. I have been inspired, impressed and given guidance by this man in ways that I could never repay, a debt that will forever remain unpaid.
Today we are in need of so many men like him in this world.
To his wife, “Ms. Martha,” and to his immediate and extended family, what a character you all shared time with, what memories to carry you through your loss and well after. I wish you all peace. Know that there are so many people you may or may not know that loved Jack Kidwell.
Seldom do they describe a person’s life fully, and so it is as I write this for Jack Kidwell.
I will miss you, my friend.
You helped to make me a better person having known you.
With respect and love, rest in peace and may God keep you healed and whole.
What a presence you were.
Most sincerely, “Coach.”
— John Duarte