I received a beautiful email today from one of Kerry’s past students. I am going to attach the emails here.
I know this happened to at least one other person. I turned on my computer one day to receive a reminder from my Palm Pilot desktop software: “Kerry’s B-day!”
Just one of those things that you forget about. A bittersweet reminder.
Happy birthday, Kerry. We all still miss you very much.
APIARIST, a poem by Kerry.
When a bee first learns of God
he begins to fly
He gathers pollen
As though being
The Queen no longer matters
like she used to.
The flowers change their hues too.
His stinger? Pointless.
When a bee first learns of God
He begins to change
He’s a different animal altogether-
another letter of the alphabet.
He is no longer
Kerry Kack, Nov. 20th, 2002
Kerry’s Obituary in the Bay Area Reporter
Another obituary that Kerry’s friends published (Kerry’s obituary in the Bay Area Reporter).
Here is what was published:
Kerry Kack passed away unexpectedly on September 13, 2005. He was a teacher, an artist, a brother, a son, an uncle, and a beloved friend to many.
Kerry grew up in Minnesota, taught English in Tokyo for three years, and settled in San Francisco. He taught English as a second language here for the past 11 years.
Kerry was known for his keen wit and charm, his sense of fashion, but most of all for his gentle nature. He was a very talented artist who saw beauty in every day, and his love for words left lasting memories of conversations past.
He defined kindness and put loved ones before him… every time. He treated his friends and family with care, respect, and compassion. Though he’d never acknowledge it, he truly touched people’s lives, and left the world a better place.
“The song is ended, but the melody lingers on…” — Irving Berlin
I have to say that no matter how many times I write this or tell people, I still just cannot believe that I am typing the words Kerry’s obituary. I still feel as if Kerry is watching me, and I’m mindful to do what I think he would approve of.
I have found another obituary of Kerry:
Kerry Joseph Kack
Kerry Joseph Kack, age 38, of San Francisco, Calif., formerly of St. Leo, passed away unexpectedly due to heart failure on Sept. 13, 2005 in San Francisco.
Funeral Services will be Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Leo Catholic Church in St. Leo with Father Tony Hesse officiating. Continue reading “Kerry’s Minnesota Obituary”
I am Kerry’s oldest sister, Peggy.
I was very touched by the comments posted.
When I look in the sky and see the big white puffy clouds I think of Kerry. He loved to look at the cloud formations and often pointed them out. He saw beauty in everything. He loved the ocean, when I asked him what words he would use to describe it, the thing that comes to mind is “forever changing” like our lives are forever changing.
He loved to laugh, the laugh you have with friends when you are laughing so hard that tears come to your eyes, your stomach hurts, you try to talk and you squeak but yet you still laugh and it hurts so good. The best medicine in the whole world. I will really miss those laughs. We had many.
I felt warmth in his presense, joy in his smile, he touched the hearts of many and he touched my heart deeply.
He was loved and he will be forever missed.
Thank you keep the site going.
Hi, I’m Vanessa. I met Kerry in the beginning of my eighth grade year. He was my testmagic English teacher, and he practically lived through my eighth grade year with me. Every week I told him what i was up to, and he told me a little about himself. The hour that we shared each week was sometimes the highlight of my week. Kerry easily made me laugh, and his complete attention on me when we talked made me feel whole and complete. It might sound like a cliche, but Kerry was really there for me. I remember when i was stressing over a research paper i had to write, Kerry gave me hints and tips on how to start one, and how to go about writing one. He even edited the product, and asked for a final paper once i was all done. I am so glad i shared part of my life with Kerry. He wasn’t caring and extremely supportive only during class, but whenever i stopped by testMagic, whether it was dropping off my younger brother, or delivering a check. I miss Kerry and was in a state of shock when i heard of his death. He was like a big brother to me, and I will never forget him. He has made a big impact on me.
Would someone send me a mailing address to which a card can be send for Kerry’s friends and family.
Here is the text of the obituary:
KACK, Kerry – Passed away unexpectedly on September 13, 2005. He lived in SF for the past 11 years and worked primarily as a teacher of English as a second language. He was also an artist, a brother, a son, an uncle and a beloved friend of many. His kind nature and keen humor will be sorely missed by all who knew him. www.kerrykack.com
Kerry and I worked together at two different schools as English teachers.
I am Kerry’s friend and co-worker. I met Kerry a few months after I moved to San Francisco from Brazil, about ten years ago. Kerry and I worked together at a language school. Later, we worked together at a tutoring center in San Francisco. As many of you know, one does not come to know Kerry quickly or easily. Kerry and I grew to know each other over the years mostly because we spent a lot of time together at the two workplaces. During this decade, I came to appreciate Kerry’s gentle, calm, and optimistic nature. Kerry always had a way of making you feel special or unique. 🙂