Kerr, William (Bill) John James
February 17, 1944 – January 11, 2020
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Bill into the
loving hands of our heavenly father after his courageous 3 year battle
with cancer. He fought so hard to the very end but passed away
peacefully, surrounded by love, in the early morning at Hospice Simcoe.
Bill was the loving husband of Helene (nee Schievink), loving father to
Julie Savoy (nee Kerr) and doting Papa to Nicole and Kyle Savoy who he
gladly followed to every sporting event they played in. Bill is
predeceased by his parents Lloyd and Marie Kerr and beloved only sister
Kathleen Magnusson (nee Kerr). He leaves behind beloved family members
Jerry Magnusson, Beverly (Eric – Valerie and Heather) Wasmund, Brenda
Magnusson, Donna (Cooper and Megan) Magnusson, Hilda Donnelly, Angela
(Sam and Zack) Vance, Ann Donnelly, Jan Schievink, and Rijn Schievink.
He will be missed as “adopted” Papa to many.
Bill was a friend and mentor to many and enjoyed sharing his knowledge
and skill in woodworking, drawing, carving, carpentry, painting, welding
and electronics. There are many napkin drawings from Tim Horton's people
have collected still hanging around to this day. Bill always had a
positive outlook on life and was always eager to share a conversation
and a joke. He was fiercely loyal and loving to his family and friends.
A heartfelt thank you goes out to Bill’s many caring friends, Dr. Carl
Clarke, and the nurses and staff at St. Elizabeth home care. An extra
special thank you goes out to the compassionate, caring staff and
volunteers at Hospice Simcoe for their tender loving care of Bill and
his family and friends.
Cremation has taken place and a private internment will take place in
the spring at Barrie Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family
would appreciate memorial donations be made to Hospice Simcoe. Words of
comfort may be sent to the family through Barrie Cremation Centre.
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