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GORDON BRUCE KERR
Born: Mar 26, 1931
Date of Passing: Jan 22, 2020Offer Condolences or Memory
GORDON BRUCE KERR
March 26, 1931 - January 22, 2020
Gordon, who was known by his middle name "Bruce", was born in Saskatoon in 1931. He was the eldest child in a family of three children. His family moved to Winnipeg when he was six, and he remained a resident of Winnipeg until his death, except for a brief period in his early 20s when he spent some time in Ontario.
He is survived by his four children, Debra Raffey, Gordon Kerr (Sheila), Holly Kerr (Roger) and Michael Kerr (Sabrina). Also survived by his sister Margaret, and predeceased by his mother Hazel, father Gordon, brother Ian, and first wife Suzanne. He leaves behind his former wife Jane Oakenfall, good friend Shirley Hunter and her daughters, Dana and Tracy.
From an early age Bruce was a very active, adventurous, and independent person. He excelled at many sports in his youth, with hockey and golf being among his favourites. Golf in particular remained a life-long interest. Bruce had a love of dogs all his life, including the notorious Mintie and Charlie. He had an avid interest in everything around him and loved to explore the back roads everywhere he went. He had a keen sense of humour and was always quick with a clever response.
As an adult Bruce developed a fascination with all things boat-related. He tried kayaking, canoeing, motor-boating, and eventually sailing. Of all these nautical pursuits, sailing was the activity that captivated him the most. He started out by teaching himself how to sail in a 15-foot Lazy E sailboat using the "trial and error" method. This provided many thrills for the family members and friends who he convinced to join him as a crew member.
Bruce obtained his Canadian Power and Sail Squadron certification in his 40s and eventually became the owner of a cruising sailboat. During several trips over the years he traversed Lake Winnipeg and the Great Lakes by sailboat. Eventually he purchased an ocean-going sailboat on the West Coast and spent summers in his 70s and early 80s exploring the coastline and islands of British Columbia. He combined his love of boats and reading by collecting maritime-related books. Bruce also enjoyed taking extended road trips, and he travelled by car throughout Canada, the United States, and Mexico.
Bruce spent most of his professional life in the furniture industry. He sold furniture throughout the province of Manitoba, and later in his 60s and 70s ran his own furniture stores, one in Winnipeg, and one in Selkirk.
Family and close friendships have always been important to Bruce. Grandchildren are Matthew, Jordan, Franny, Rosie, Nicholas, William and Ashley, and great-grandchild Nolan. Bruce enjoyed sharing his love of sports, sailing, and books with his grandchildren.
Bruce spent his last months at Holy Family Home. Many thanks go to Holy Family for their compassionate and expert care.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
If friends so desire, donations in Bruce's name can be made to Holy Family Home at 165 Aberdeen Ave., Winnipeg, MB R2W 1T9.
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 01, 2020
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