KERR, Robert Irving. Dec. 24, 1940 – July 14, 2012. Bob Kerr passed away in the Peace Arch Hospice from complications of lung cancer. Bob was predeceased by his parents John and Jessie Kirk. He is survived by his wife Anita, step-son Jody Shields (Crystal,) and his adored grandsons, Malcolm and Jack, his sister, Rita Erskine of Montreal and his niece Morag (Mark) Robinson of Toronto and her family.
Bob was born in Renfrew, Scotland. In 1959, he moved with his parents to Montreal to join his sister, Rita, and her family. He studied Engineering at McGill and Concordia and applied his knowledge to large- scale projects for SNC and Ontario Hydro. He was known for his ability to cut to the heart of the matter – whether the problem was in engineering or in life. His favourite expression was “let’s use a little common sense here”. This stood him in good stead during his U.K. assignment where he was part of the inspection team for the Canadian Frigate Programme.
In 1989, Bob and Anita moved to B.C. After a few years working for large companies, he decided to start up his own business, which grew to include clients in across Canada, the USA and abroad. Bob was deeply involved in his community through leadership positions at Semiahmoo House Society and his church, White Rock First United. He enjoyed a good round of golf at Peace Portal golf course and trips with his golfing buddies to those famed Scottish courses. While his handicap had suffered of late, his lifetime best was an 8. He also enjoyed a fine glass of wine – preferably in his favourite place, Maui. His favourite role was being “Boompie” to his grandsons.
The family would like to thank Dr. J. Scott, the Palliative Care Team at Peace Arch Hospital, the nurses from Fraser Home health care and the personnel from Bayshore for their compassionate and dedicated care over the last year. A Celebration of Bob’s Life will be held at 11 am, July 21st at the First United Church White Rock, 15385 Semiahmoo Avenue. Donations to Peace Arch Hospital Foundation in lieu of flowers.