Trainer Borough continues mourning the death of two people who contributed much to the community. Felicia Kendus, administrative assistant at the Kaniefski-Kendus – D’Anjolell Memorial Home, died early last month after a short illness, and retired Police Chief James Magaw died suddenly two weeks before Christmas.
Kendus was well-known in Trainer, having been named its Person of the Year in 2011. In addition to her community service, she also was chairwoman of the Bethel Township Sewer Authority for many years.
Kendus, a Republican committeewoman, served previously as vice president of the Our Lady of Fatima Sodality at St. Hedwig’s Church in Chester and was a member of American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 546, Szymanski-Rywacki Chapter. She was awarded by that group the Trainer Youth Association.
Kendus supported religious, educational, and various organizations through endless hours of time and dedication. She also had a gift for raising money for charitable organizations.
Known as kind and generous, Kendus enjoyed time with family and friends, volunteered at local hospitals and enjoyed traveling.
She is survived by her husband of 29 years, Thomas S. Kendus, and her son, Thomas M. Kendus.
Magaw began his law enforcement career with Trainer Borough as a police officer 36 years ago and served as police chief for 18 years before retiring in 2011.
Magaw was a volunteer firefighter with the Lennox Park Fire Company from 1979 to 2003 and served on borough Council. As a former chairman of the borough Recreation Board, he helped organize the first basketball league for children and teenagers; and coached in the Mickey Vernon Little League.
Magaw was also the first Trainer police chief to become president of the Delaware County Police Chief’s Association.
In 1999, Magaw served on Gov. Tom Ridge’s Partnership Committee for Safe Communities and was chairman for the “Chichester Community That Cares” initiative, utilizing millions in state and private grants for schools and communities in Chichester.
He is survived by his wife, Susan, six children; nine grandchildren; his parents, Mary and Percy Magaw, and eight brothers and sisters.