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.
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”
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. 🙂
What I miss the most…
I miss coming to work every day to see Kerry, with his characteristic style, flair, and charm, already there working. Kerry always greeted me with a warm hello and flashed a sometimes-boyish smile. I remember Kerry as the tall, thin, handsome man dressed stylishly, moving gracefully from one part of the office to another. Kerry was a vibrant person who added a sense of sophistication to wherever he visited. Our workplace somehow seemed warmer and simply more fun when Kerry was around.
On September 13th of 2005, our dear Kerry left us.
With the agreement of Kerry’s family and friends, this website will serve as the central place on the Internet for the hundreds of people who knew Kerry to share their memories, stories, and questions.
Kerry’s memorial in San Francisco, for those who could not attend his funeral.
We are inviting all who wish to remember Kerry to join us at 11:00 AM on Sunday, October 16th for Kerry’s Memorial.
Please read the following for details.
Update: We are gathering together at 11:00 AM on Sunday, October 16th for Kerry’s Memorial.
We will meet in the parking lot of the South end of Baker Beach. There is a small slope that leads from the parking lot to the beach where we will hold the service.
At the end of this message, you can see a map and a picture of Baker Beach that should help you locate us. Continue reading “Memorial for Kerry”