It is with profound sadness that we mark the passing of Terry Kindred, well-known local climber of ten years, gifted first ascentionist, Climbing Advisory Council member, long-time supporter of the RRGCC, and dear friend. Terry touched the lives of many involved with the RRGCC and will be deeply missed. Among his many attributes were his unique, wry sense of humor–Q:What would you get if you crossed Gung Ho with Stay the Hand? A:Stay the Ho–his enthusiasm for climbing, especially at the Red, his passion for both learning and teaching others about climbing, and of course, his gift for lively, endlessly entertaining banter. Terry gave graciously of himself and his time to ensure other climbers’ safety by replacing bolts and anchors on numerous routes all over the Gorge. But it was in the area of bolting new routes that Terry excelled, with his eye for a quality line and his famous “Terry standards”–including the must-do spit test–for placing bolts.
Whether at the crag with his closest climbing friends, aka Team Suck, or holding forth at Miguel’s, or Mark’s, or RRO, Terry Kindred was always giving–be it (usually pretty darn good) advice or beta, or showing a friend his latest new climbing gadget, or sharing his ideas about the inner workings of the mind and dreams, or opining about the best of rock and roll music. For all those, and many more reasons, Terry will always remain in our hearts and fondly in our memories.
Funeral services were held May 31, in Mt Vernon, KY.
Obituary: Mr. Terry L. Kindred age 51 of Lexington, and formerly of Mt.Vernon died Sunday May 28, 2006 in Lexington. He was born on July 16, 1954 in Berea, KY the son of Mrs. Mildred McFarland Kindred of Mt.Vernon and the late William “Bill” Kindred. He was a private pilot, enjoyed rock climbing, scuba diving, boating, and hiking.
Survivors besides his mother are: one daughter; Kolbie Kindred of Columbus, Ohio. Two brothers; Jeff Kindred of Mt.Vernon, and Tommy Blackburn of Berea. Two sisters; Mrs. Sue Kindred of Custer, KY, and Mrs. Lori Miracle of Mt.Vernon. His former wife; Mrs. Deborah Kessler also survives. He was preceded in death by his Paternal Grandparents; William and Bernice Kindred, and by his Maternal grandparents;
Hermon and Floura McFarland.