William John KERR

William John KERR


(1920 – 2008)

Jock Kerr passed away June 21, 2008 at Penticton Hospital at the age of 87 years. He was born in Chilliwack, BC on December 10, 1920.

He was predeceased by his mother and father John and Mary Kerr and his sister Veronica Brooks.

At the beginning of the Second World War, 1940, Jock’s father offered him their Ryder Lake farm. Jock told him then that he was not interested in the farm and he joined the army in New Westminster, and headed for Europe following training camp in Borden, Ontario.

Following the end of the Second World War in 1945, Jock worked for the Chilliwack Bus Lines, which was owned by Jock’s brother-in-law, Eric Atkins. Jock met his future wife there Juen Berkey, where she worked as a clerk.

Jock gave up driving bus and bought a small property at Ryder Lake. Jock worked as a logger in Harrison Lake.

Jock and Juen had three beautiful children, George, Sandra and Violet.

Jock spent the last 30 years living in Keremeos, BC. He enjoyed camping, fishing, chopping firewood and dances at the Senior Centre. He grew the biggest, beautiful garden and enjoyed sharing it with friends and neighbours.

Jock was a wonderful father, grandfather and great grandfather. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

Jock is survived by his loving children, George (Vivian) Kerr, Sandra (Merv) Woods and Violet (Rick) Nelson; 10 grandchildren: Michelle and Janelle Kerr, Bob, Brad, Wendy, Fern, Heather and Lance Woods and Raymond and Georgette Nelson and 18 great-grandchildren.

There will be a memorial service to celebrate his life on Saturday, July 26, 2008 at 1:00 pm at the Seniors Drop in Centre in Keremeos, BC.

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