Obituary of SANDER E. TENDRICK
Sander Tendrick (Sandy), 91 years of age, of NJ, sadly left us on March 13, 2023. Sandy was born in the Bronx, N.Y. on June 2nd, 1931. He is predeceased by his parents Rose and Max Tendrich and his three siblings, Irving, Gloria, and Howie. He is survived by his wife Phyllis of 70 years. They met on a blind date. Sandy was supposed to be matched with Phyllis’ friend, and his friend Herbie was the date for Phyllis. When Sandy saw Phyllis it was love at first sight! He was very quick to call himself “Herbie,” so that he could be her date. The love story never ended!
Sandy grew up in the Bronx and lost his dad at an early age. He was raised by his loving mother, Rosie, who worked hard to support her family. Sandy only had one pair of ripped pants. On the day he planned to meet the man who would become his future father-in -law, Sandy threw the pants up to a window in Phyllis’ apartment building so that she could sew them and he could present himself properly to her dad. Sandy and Phyllis were best friends and they always loved and supported each other.
He served in the army, then worked with his brother Irving at a bar in Harlem called The Brown Bomber washing dishes and as a short order cook. Always ambitious and hard working, he interviewed for a job in the men’s wear industry, in which he had no previous experience. He was hired at J.S. Blank and Company in Manhattan. He worked his way up from the packing room in the back to a very successful, self made neckwear salesman. He traveled to NY, NJ, Connecticut, PA and New England, independently building an outstanding territory. He created new accounts and developed personal friendships with his clients over the years. He later designed some of his own ties, and always enjoyed talking about the men’s neckwear business. Always dapper and dressed to perfection, he worked in the industry for over 40 years.
Sandy took pride in his homes and cars. Weekends were spent taking care of the lawn, raking, and planting. He loved taking care of his cars, the whole family was involved in the washing and waxing. He had the shiniest cars in the neighborhood and the only lawn without a weed.
He loved his dogs, and had very special memories of his English bulldog, Hercules, who always held a very large place in his heart.
His younger brother Howie became ill after the war and Sandy was there for him every single weekend. He’d get in the car with Phyllis and Hercules and they would visit Howie. Sandy was caring and nurturing!
Most importantly, he was always an optimist, looking at the bright side even if it wasn’t easy to find. He was always a gentleman, opening doors for others and women always first. He loved to share memories and reflect on happy moments. Sandy had a great sense of humor up until the end of his life. Everybody loved him!
He is survived by loving wife Phyllis, his daughter Mara Hoffman and husband Daniel, his sons Larry and Jess Tendrick, and his granddaughters Risa and Hannah Hoffman and many nieces and nephews. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.