William "Bill" John James Kerr

January 11, 2020


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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